In 2014, a U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging estimated that more than 10,000 Americans have been victimized by precious metals fraud, with losses totaling around $300 million. Given that many victims do not know they have been cheated, this amount could be even more. In addition, the regional director of the Federal Trade Commission has warned “. . . there’s so much subjectivity in the value of coins, it’s always ripe for deception.”
States and cities in Texas, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Minnesota, New York, Florida, Washington, California and elsewhere have investigated and prosecuted coin fraud scams.