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Watch For Scams Newsletter. IC3 2010 Report
February 28, 2011
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IC3 2010 Report

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IC3 2010 Report

The IC3 has just released its 2010 Report, in which it showed:

The top 10 crime types were:

1. Non-delivery Payment/Merchandise 14.4%

2. FBI-Related Scams 13.2%

3. Identity Theft 9.8%

4. Computer Crimes 9.1%

5. Miscellaneous Fraud 8.6%

6. Advance Fee Fraud 7.6%

7. Spam 6.9%

8. Auction Fraud 5.9%

9. Credit Card Fraud 5.3%

10. Overpayment Fraud 5.3%

In instances where perpetrator information was provided, nearly 75 percent were men and more than half resided in California, Florida, New York, Texas, and the District of Columbia or Washington. The highest numbers of perpetrators outside the U.S. were from the United Kingdom, Nigeria, and Canada.

Perpetrators per 100,000 Population:

Rank State Per 1,000

1 District of Columbia 833.43

2 Montana 87.62

3 Nevada 79.28

4 Alaska 68.42

5 Washington 58.71

6 Delaware 54.45

7 Florida 51.25

8 New York 43.51

9 California 41.86

10 Arizona 40.15

11 Georgia 39.32

12 Maine 38.54

13 Utah 36.65

14 Colorado 35.73

15 North Dakota 34.49

16 Nebraska 30.77

17 Wyoming 29.09

18 Maryland 28.56

19 Rhode Island 27.93

20 Texas 27.16

21 New Jersey 26.42

22 Oregon 25.84

23 Connecticut 24.56

24 Massachusetts 24.08

25 Illinois 23.64

26 Hawaii 23.5

27 Virginia 22.88

28 Vermont 22.21

29 North Carolina 21.83

30 Michigan 21.70

31 Tennessee 21.43

32 Minnesota 21.30

33 Indiana 20.60

34 Pennsylvania 20.37

35 Ohio 19.42

36 Idaho 19.39

37 Kansas 19.17

38 South Carolina 18.96

39 New Hampshire 18.99

40 Alabama 18.01

41 Louisiana 17.93

42 South Dakota 17.56

43 Oklahoma 17.16

44 Missouri 17.04

45 New Mexico 16.02

46 Kentucky 15.73

47 West Virginia 15.43

48 Arkansas 14.84

49 Wisconsin 14.29

50 Iowa 12.53

51 Mississippi 11.18

The age of those reporting crimes to IC3 is becoming more evenly distributed. Early in IC3ís history, the 30-39 age group represented the largest complainant reporting pool. Today, complainants 40-59 years old represent the two largest groups reporting crimes to IC3.

However, historic trends indicate a continuing shift toward those in the 50-59 and 60-and-over category distribution of complainants. Those in the 60-and-over category account for the most dramatic rise in complaints over the entire 10 years.

The gender gap in crime reporting has dramatically narrowed. Early in IC3ís history, men reported crime at a ratio of more than 2.5 to 1 over women. Today, men and women report crimes almost equally.

In many states, a slightly higher proportion of women than men report crimes to IC3. The narrowed reporting gap between the sexes has significantly impacted the dollar loss between men and women over the last 10 years.

Several years ago, men reported a loss of more than $2.00 for every $1.00 reported by a woman. According to the 2010 data, men now report a loss of $1.25 for every $1.00 reported by a woman.

If you have been a victim of this type of scam or any other Cyber crime, you can report it to the IC3 website at: www.IC3.gov. The IC3 complaint database links complaints for potential referral to the appropriate law enforcement agency for case consideration. Complaint information is also used to identity emerging trends and patterns.

Remember - always watch for scams!

Steve

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