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Online Fraud Stats

The number of frauds vary by country. Below is a breakdown of the countries
from where the most fraud originates as well as the least. According to ClearCommerce,
approximately 6% of all online transactions from such countries as Malaysia and Israel
(who are actually on the bottom of the dirty dozen show below) are fraudulent.

Countries from where the most online fraud originate. Countries from where the least online fraud originate. When the fraud is perpetrated from within the U.S., these are the states with the largest percentage of fraudulent people
1) Ukraine
2) Indonesia
3) Yugoslavia
4) Lithuania
5) Egypt
6) Romania
7) Bulgaria
8) Turkey
9) Russia
10) Pakistan
11) Malaysia
12) Israel
1) Austria
2) New Zealand
3) Taiwan
4) Norway
5) Spain
6) Japan
7) Switzerland
8) South Africa
9) Hong Kong
10) United Kingdom
11) France
12) Australia
13) United States
1) California - 21%
2) Florida - 10.1%
3) New York - 8.3%
4) Texas - 6.0%
5) Penn. - 4.5%
6) Illinois - 3.9%
7) New Jersey - 3.7%
8) Michigan - 2.8%
9) North Car. - 2.6%
10) Virginia - 2.5%

I would add Nigeria to the international dirty dozen, with the "help me get my money
out of here" email scam. It is also known to be one of the major players in the shipping
the goods to a freight forwarder to circumvent the international shipping scrutiny.
By the way, most of the victims of this scam pay through account debits and wire services.

Top Internet Frauds

Jan.-Oct. 2001 Top 10 Frauds Percentage of total fraud Average Loss Per Person
Online Auctions 63% $478
General Merchandise Sales 11% $845
Nigerian Money Offers 9% $6,542
Internet Access Services 3% $568
Information Adult Services 3% $234
Computer Equipment/Soft. 2% $1,102
Work-At-Home 2% $120
Advance Fee Loans 1% No Data
Credit Card Issuing .6% No Data
Business Opportunities/franchises .4% No Data

 

2001 Top 5 Methods of Payment Payment used in general merchandise fraud
Money Order - 29% Credit Card - 41%
Credit Card - 28% Money Order - 21%
Check - 18% Check - 16%
Bank Account Debit - 6% Debit Card - 6%
Debit Card - 5% Wire - 4%

Source: Internet Fraud Watch

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