|A study from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National White Collar Crime Center has revealed that Internet fraud cost American’s $240 million last year, up $40 million from 2006.|
According to the Bureau’s 2007 Internet Crime Report released recently, the Internet Crime Complaint Center received 206,884 grievances last year with 90,000 of these referred to various law enforcement agencies. Average loss per complaint came in at $680 with men losing an average of $1.67 to every dollar lost by women to online fraud last year.
Internet auctions were the most reported, compris¬ing more than one-third of all complaints referred to law enforcement. Non-delivery of goods or services was the next most common complaint and accounted for 24.9 percent of the total. Finally, confidence scams accounted for 6.7 percent followed by credit card fraud at 6.3 percent, check fraud at six percent and computer fraud at 5.3 percent.
The study revealed that over 75 percent of perpetrators were male with half of these living in California, Florida, New York, Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania or Georgia.
The state with the highest complaints per 100,000 people was Alaska with 356. This was well ahead of second placed Colorado, which had 90 complaints per 100,000 people.