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"The Nonstop Scam Economy is Costing us More Than Just Money"

The Washington Post interviewed Dr. Matthew Mimiaga, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and professor of psychiatry & biobehavioral sciences at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, about the mental health impact of telephone and online scams

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Pamela McCarroll doesn’t have the luxury of ignoring phone calls from unknown numbers.

The 30-year old is undergoing treatment for long-term colon cancer in Fairfax County, Va., and never knows whether it could be a doctor, a hospital with test results, or someone trying to schedule an appointment.

Unfortunately, that means she’s fielding up to 20 spam phone calls every day on her mobile phone, adding to her already sky-high levels of stress. Since her diagnosis in August 2019, the number of scam attempts has shot up while the topics have gotten strangely specific, including Medicare or senior benefits.