Internet crime cost N.H. residents $1.3m in 2010

An annual report by the federal body that tracks Internet crime found that New Hampshire residents lost $1.3 million as a result of Internet crime in 2010.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center, or IC3 – a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center – received 1,158 complaints of Internet crime from New Hampshire in 2010.This is a drop from 2009, when 1,341 complaints totaling $1.4 million came from New Hampshire, but higher than 2008, when 1,139 complaints totaling $860,000 were filed.The most frequent complaints in the state concerned non-delivery of merchandise or payment (20.8 percent), identity theft (16.8 percent), auction fraud (10 percent) and credit card fraud (8.7 percent).Of those in New Hampshire who reported losing money, the median loss was $545, but individual losses ran the gamut from a few dollars to several thousand. Twenty-one percent of complainants lost less than $100, 30 percent lost between $1,000 and $4,999.99, and 5 percent lost more than $10,000. The largest loss incurred by a single complainant was a case of identity theft totaling $175,000.Nationally, the IC3 received more than 300,000 complaints in 2010, the second-highest amount in its 10-year history.The report found that in New Hampshire, men were slightly more likely to be victimized by Internet crime than women, but they were also much more likely to be the perpetrators, with men accounting for 75 percent of identified perpetrators in the state.

The most victimized age group was those aged 40 to 49, followed by those aged 50-59. The age group who lost the most money, however, was 60+ individuals, who lost a median of $1,000. – KATHLEEN CALLAHAN/NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESS REVIEW

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