FAU Research Shows Internet Crime Victims, Losses Rising in Florida and Five Other States


Pandemic Spawned More Tech Support, Delivery Scams

BOCA RATON Fla., July 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Illinois emerged as a new hotbed for internet crime in 2020, though California continued to lead the nation with the largest online fraud victim losses and number of victims, according to research from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business.

The report from FAU’s Center for Forensic Accounting, based on crime data from the FBI, also showed large growth in technical support and non-payment/non-delivery scams, which likely were the result of a surge in online shopping during the pandemic.

Online victim losses in California grew 8 percent from 2019 to $621.4 million, while the number of victims in the Golden State increased by 39 percent to nearly 70,000.

Meanwhile, Florida had the largest population-adjusted victim rate of 2,475.1 per 1 million in population. The Sunshine State had the second-highest number of victims at…

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