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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

More ID Theft and Online Fraud in 2011

According to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, which is a partnership between the FBI's Cyber Division, the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National White Collar Crime Center, ID theft and online fraud both increased slightly in 2011.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center logged over 300,000 complaints of internet crime which includes identity theft and online fraud.  The complaints totaled $485.3 million in losses.

This is an increase of 3.4% from 2010 but is still down from 2009, which apparently was a peak year for online crime.

The top five states for online crime were California, Florida, Texas, New York, and Ohio, with people aged 40 to 59 being the most victimized.

While not all internet crimes reported to the Internet Crime Complaint Center resulted in financial loss, the ones that did averaged a $4,187 loss.

The crimes include auto auction fraud, where the criminal sells a car online that he never actually owned, work from home scams where criminals recruit employees for fake jobs that are actually covers for crime, romance scams where the unlucky in love type is schemed out of money and, finally, loan intimidation scams.

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