DC Capital of Nation and Cybercrime


Capitol HillAccording to the Internet Crime Complaint Center's (iC3) 2009 Internet Crime Report, Washington D.C. is the Cybercrime capital of the U.S. with 116 cyber-criminals per 100,000. Here is an excerpt from a news story from WTOP summarizing the findings:

"IC3, a joint effort of the National White Collar Crime Center and FBI, says Nevada and Washington hold the No. 2 and No. 3 spots. 

Cyber-crimes are so common victims often neglect to report them. But the number of complaints to IC3 jumped more than 22 percent last year to 336,655. The amount of money victims lost more than doubled to nearly $560,000 from $265,000 in 2008. 

Non-delivery of goods or services is the most common crime, accounting for 1 in 5 complaints. Identity theft was next at 14 percent, followed by credit/debit card fraud and auction fraud. Each of those accounts for 10 percent. 

The most costly crimes involved investment fraud, with $3,200 as the median dollar loss.

Men lost more to cyber-crooks than women overall, with the median loss to men at $650 per complaint. For women, it's $500.

People between 40 and 49 lost the most, $700 per complaint. They also filed the most complaints (23 percent). Filing the fewest complaints (3 percent) are people under 20. 

Alaskans filed the most complaints per capita (485.91 per 100,000). D.C. ranked fifth in complaining."



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