Does Your Age, Sex, and Location Make You a Target for Cybercrime this Cyber Monday?

CyberCrimeMap



Do you know how likely you are to become a victim of internet crime, fraud, and identity theft based on your age, sex, and location? With Cyber Monday just around the corner, you need to be aware.

The United States loves to shop online. According to a recent study, ecommerce is growing 23 percent year-over-year, and a whopping 80% percent of Americans with an internet connection have made an online purchase in the last month.

Since 2016’s Cyber Monday was the biggest shopping day in the history of U.S. e-commerce —with $3.39 billion spent online—2017 is bound to be one for the record books. Unfortunately for bargain hunters, malicious attacks against consumers increase almost 40% on Cyber Monday. To help you understand your risk of being affected by cybercrime while shopping for gifts and deals, we analyzed cybercrimes that were reported to the FBI and CSN in 2015 and 2016—concentrating on internet crime, fraud, and identity theft. Based on reported complaints per 100,000 people, we were able to reveal the most and least affected states in the country for total cybercrime victims, the most victimized sex and age, and how much money people lose on average in each attack. We hope that this will inspire you to take extra precautions to protect yourself if you fall into one of these categories. For more on the methodology, please scroll to the end of this piece.

State By State Ranking of Cybercrime—From Most to Least in the Country

States are ranked from most to least total victims of cybercrime—by equally weighing the total number of internet crime victims (per 100,000 people), fraud victims (per 100,000 people), identity theft victims (per 100,000 people), average dollar loss per victim of internet crime, and average dollar loss per victim of fraud.

All ranking information is based on 2016 data from the FBI’s IC3 and CSN reporting databases. It’s important to note that the average dollar loss per victim of identity theft was not available from CSN, so this was not included in the ranking system. Also, states which tied were assigned the same rank.

Click below to find out how much your state lost to cybercrime in 2016 and explore more in-depth statistical analysis of how likely you are to become a victim based on your age, sex, and location.

#1 California

California is ranked the worst state in the country for total reported cybercrimes, fraud, and identity theft per capita in 2015 and 2016. In 2016, Californians lost $255,181,657.00 to internet crime—an average $6,452.62 per victim. All in all, 47,077 people fell victim to cyber crime (internet crime, fraud, and I.D. theft) in California last year. While losing money is an obvious con to cybercrime, losing time, becoming stressed, and dealing with the hassle are also major downsides. Based on these findings, Californians would be wise to heed trends to keep themselves and their personal information safe.

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age 40–49
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 100.76
Internet Crime Complaints Total 39,547
Fraud Complaints per 100K 713.10
Fraud Complaints Total 279,887
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 139.50
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 54,744
#2 Florida

Floridians who are online shopping this Cyber Monday should be warier than most of the country—especially the women. In 2016, people of the Sunshine State lost $88,841,178 to internet crime—an average of $4,216 per person. In total, 324,569 felt the unpleasant sting of cybercrime and females fell victim the most. And since this is such a large retiree state, it’s no surprise most victims were 60-years and older.

Most Victimized Sex Women
Most Victimized Age 60+
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 102.21
Internet Crime Complaints Total 21,068
Fraud Complaints per 100K 1,305.60
Fraud Complaints Total 269,117
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 166.80
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 34,384
#3 Nevada

In 2016, Nevadans lost $15,246,405 to internet crime—costing the average person a total of $4,038.78. In total, 33,404 people were impacted directly by cybercrime. Women in particular fared the worst, and men and women 40–49 reported the most cybercrime. With all the gambling the state has to offer, we’re hoping these poor victims can make their money back! Or at the very least, be warier this Cyber Monday so they don’t lose big again.

Most Victimized Sex Women
Most Victimized Age 40–49
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 128.40
Internet Crime Complaints Total 3,775
Fraud Complaints per 100K 872
Fraud Complaints Total 25,636
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 135.80
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 3,993
#4 Texas

Everything is bigger in Texas, including its losses to cybercrime. Based on 2016 data, Texans lost $77,135,765 to internet crime, resulting in an average loss of $3,597.58 per person. Across the state, 320,002 people in Texas reported cybercrime. Men in general suffered the most, and so did men and women ages 30–39. If you fall into this demographic, be extra careful when shopping online!

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age 30–39
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 76.95
Internet Crime Complaints Total 21,441
Fraud Complaints per 100K 952.30
Fraud Complaints Total 265,347
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 119.20
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 33,214
#5 New Mexico

The year of 2016 was a tough one for the people of New Mexico for cybercrimes; a whopping 17,618 people fell victim to these attacks. For internet crime specifically, the people of New Mexico lost $870,1654—or an average of $5,112.61 per person. Men were targeted the most, but all adults over 60-years old fell victim most often. Keep this in mind while using WiFi at the mall or putting in your credit card number on websites this holiday season.

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age 60+
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 81.79
Internet Crime Complaints Total 1,702
Fraud Complaints per 100K 667.90
Fraud Complaints Total 13,900
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 96.90
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 2,016
#6 New York

Start spreading the news, New York has the sixth highest rate of cybercrime in the nation based on 2015 and 2016 findings. Last year alone, 148,637 New Yorkers reported cybercrime—and $106,225,695 was lost to internet crime, which averages out to a staggering $6,466.92 per person. With all the hustle and bustle of this amazing shopping and cybercrime season, beware if you’re male or an adult between 30 to 39-years old; cybercriminals seem to prey on you the most.

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age 30–39
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 83.19
Internet Crime Complaints Total 16,426
Fraud Complaints per 100K 567.30
Fraud Complaints Total 112,006
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 102.30
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 20,205
#7 Arizona (Tied)

The seventh highest rate of cybercrime based on 2015 and 2016 FBI and CSN crime data is a tie—between Arizona and Virginia. Last year, 60,625 Arizonans reported cybercrime and people across the state lost $20,567,423 because of internet crime. That’s a big $3,239.47 per person. Arizona men had it the worst as well as all adults over 60-years of age. Make sure to create secure passwords, use private WiFi, and practice cyber safety this season so the trends don’t continue.

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age 60+
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 91.60
Internet Crime Complaints Total 6,349
Fraud Complaints per 100K 656.90
Fraud Complaints Total 45,528
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 126.20
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 8,748
#7 Virginia (Tied)

Virginians came in seventh in the country for the highest rate of cybercrime, side-by-side with Arizona. In 2016, 75,831 fell victim to cybercrime. Statewise, Virginians lost $6,095.15 per person—or $49,175,677 collectively—to internet crime. Women and all adults 50–59 reported the most cybercrime, so if you’re in this group be careful online this holiday; it’s a cybercriminals’ merriest time of year.

Most Victimized Sex Women
Most Victimized Age 50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 95.91
Internet Crime Complaints Total 8,068
Fraud Complaints per 100K 701.3
Fraud Complaints Total 58,991
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 104.3
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 8,772
#9 Colorado

Colorado was hit hard by cybercrime last year—46,795 people of the Rocky Mountain State lost money due to cybercrime in 2016. Plus, Internet crime cost people of this state $30,893,224 total—averaging $4,511.94 per person. Men took the hardest hit and so did adults 50–59. Shop carefully this season by using secure payment networks and checking your credit card statements regularly!

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age 50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 123.58
Internet Crime Complaints Total 6,847
Fraud Complaints per 100K 609.1
Fraud Complaints Total 33,745
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 112
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 6,203
#10 Washington

In 2016, Washingtonians lost $25,728,634 to internet crime. Individually, this took a toll on people— with damages totaling $3,742.89 in losses per person. Additionally, 55,607 Washingtonians reported some type of cybercrime (whether fraud, I.D. theft or internet crime). Men and adults 60-years and older reported the most cybercrime in 2015 and 2016, so if you’re in this category or will be shopping online this Cyber Monday, be careful.

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age 60+
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 94.32
Internet Crime Complaints Total 6,874
Fraud Complaints per 100K 554.7
Fraud Complaints Total 40,423
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 114
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 8,310
#11 Georgia

Not everything is peachy in Georgia—especially cyber crime stats between 2015 and 2017. In 2016 alone, 136,673 Georgians reported losses to cybercrime. For internet crime specifically, Georgians lost $25,477,413—averaging $3,804.30 per person. If you don’t want to lose time, money, and peace of mind this holiday, pay special attention to your credit card statements and credit report if you’re a woman or adult 40–49; those demographics got hit the hardest by cybercrime in 2015 and 2016.

Most Victimized Sex Women
Most Victimized Age 40–49
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 64.95
Internet Crime Complaints Total 6697
Fraud Complaints per 100K 1,136.6
Fraud Complaints Total 117,189
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 124
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 12,787
#12 Maryland

In 2016, 65,206 Marylanders fell victim to cybercrime; a collective $23,145,424 to internet crime—or $2,768.26 per person on average. In 2015, men experienced more cybercrime as a whole than women. However, all adults 50–59 were targeted more than any other age grouping. No matter who you are, beware when shopping online and prowling the internet this holiday!

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age 50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 138.97
Internet Crime Complaints Total 8,361
Fraud Complaints per 100K 807.7
Fraud Complaints Total 48,594
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 137.1
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 8,251
#13 Michigan (Tied)

Michigan is in a three-way tie for the 13th highest rates of cybercrime in the country—reporting a total loss of $24,174,754 in 2016. In other words, people lost an average of $3,786.77 thanks to sneaky cybercriminals. Overall, the majority of the 131,371 people who reported cybercrime were men. As a whole, adults 60-years and older reported the most cybercrime in 2015. Despite trends, cybercrime can affect men, women, and children. Be wary of strange emails or charges on your bank statements this holiday.

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age 60+
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 64.3
Internet Crime Complaints Total 6,384
Fraud Complaints per 100K 1083.3
Fraud Complaints Total 107557
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 175.6
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 17,430
#13 New Jersey (Tied)

New Jersey, Michigan, and Washington D.C. tie for the 13th worst in the country for cybercrime. In 2016, 73,618 New Jersey residents filed a report for cybercrime. For the internet crime category in particular, the people of New Jersey lost $24,500,833 to internet crime—averaging $3,662.31 per person. While that hurts at any time, being a victim of cybercrime especially isn’t fun during the holidays. If you’re a male New Jerseyan or an adult 50–59, be extra wary; these two groups reported the most cybercrime as a whole in 2015.

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age 50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 74.79
Internet Crime Complaints Total 6,690
Fraud Complaints per 100K 636.7
Fraud Complaints Total 56,951
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 111.5
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 9,977
#13 District of Columbia (Tied)

Washington D.C. is alongside New Jersey and Michigan for the 13th highest rates of cyber crime in America. However, fraud and identity theft data was not available for Washington D.C., so it is possible that may have impacted its rankings. What we do know is that In 2016, Washington D.C. residents lost $1,921,649 to internet crime, or an average $2,048.67 per person. Also, women suffered the worst as did those 30–39-years old.

Most Victimized Sex Women
Most Victimized Age 30–39
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 137.7
Internet Crime Complaints Total 938
Fraud Complaints per 100K N/A
Fraud Complaints Total N/A
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K N/A
I.D. Theft Complaints Total N/A
#16 Missouri

About 55,500 Missourians were in misery in 2016 when they fell victim to cybercrime. Last year for internet crime alone, people reported an average $3,878.5 personal loss and $15,886,334 total loss. Based on the data, the male sex was hit the hardest and so was the 40–49-year old demographic of both men and women. Get ready to fend off cyber criminals this year by shopping on trusted sites, avoiding ATMs that might have skimmers, and other cyber-wise practices.

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age 40–49
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 67.22
Internet Crime Complaints Total 4,096
Fraud Complaints per 100K 706.5
Fraud Complaints Total 43,050
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 136.1
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 8,292
#17 Delaware

Delaware is a tiny state, but it’s up there on the list of the most hacked states in the country. In 2016, Delaware residents lost $1,675,255 to internet crime, and average $2383.01 per person. Plus, a total 9,780 people came forward to report general cybercrime, most of them men and people 60-years and older. Delaware, be aware this holiday when you’re shopping online, because your residents have been targeted more than most!

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age 60+
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 73.84
Internet Crime Complaints Total 703
Fraud Complaints per 100K 797.50
Fraud Complaints Total 7,593
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 155.9
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 1,484
#18 Illinois (Tied)

Illinois often finds its famous sports teams in heated ties, but last year it found itself in a deadlock for the 18th highest rate of cybercrime in the country next to Massachusetts. Last year. Illinoisans reported $32,938,414 in losses due to internet crime—an average $3,589.24 per person. While men and people 30–39-years old had it the worst, 100,666 people in total reported some type of cybercrime. Be safe this year, Illinois!

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age 30–39
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 71.69
Internet Crime Complaints Total 9,177
Fraud Complaints per 100K 576.7
Fraud Complaints Total 73,829
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 138
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 17,660
#18 Massachusetts (Tied)

Next to Illinois, Massachusetts has the 18th highest rate of cybercrime in the country based on 2016 and 2015 data. In 2016, Massachusetts residents lost $20,324,110 to internet crime, $4,157.96 per person on average. Plus, 49,446 people reported cybercrime in general—mostly men and adults 50–59-years old. Massachusetts has been at the forefront of change for the better for centuries, so hopefully its residents, businesses, and government can work harder to keep individuals safe from cybercrime.

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age 50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 71.76
Internet Crime Complaints Total 4,888
Fraud Complaints per 100K 547.2
Fraud Complaints Total 37,271
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 107
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 7,287
#20 Louisiana

In 2016, Louisianans reported a total loss of $13,290,356 to internet crime and an average $4,427.17 loss per person. Additionally, 39,127 people fell victim to cybercrime in general—especially women and people 40–49. Hopefully the Big Easy and the rest of this laid-back state can get some rest this holiday with less cybercrime to muck it up.

Most Victimized Sex Women
Most Victimized Age 40–49
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 64.12
Internet Crime Complaints Total 3,002
Fraud Complaints per 100K 701.90
Fraud Complaints Total 32,861
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 69.7
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 3,264
#21 Connecticut (Tied)

Cybercriminals have been giving Connecticut residents a headache. In 2016, the state’s citizens lost $6,960,531 total to internet crime, about $2,734.98 per person. Overall, 28,595 Connecticutians reported cybercrime of some sort in 2016 too—mainly men and people in their 50s. This New England state has a chance at a new start this season. Take it upon yourself to practice safe cyber protocol to stay out of hacker’s hands.

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age 50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 71.16
Internet Crime Complaints Total 2,545
Fraud Complaints per 100K 590.4
Fraud Complaints Total 21,117
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 137.9
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 4,933
#21 Pennsylvania (Tied)

Pennsylvanians lost $27,432,303 to internet crime in 2016. Individually, that came out to about $3,319.09 per person. Even worse, 106,565 people across the state fell victim to cybercrime last year too. If you’re male or an adult who’s 50–59 and living in Pennsylvania, take extra care this holiday; cybercriminals have shown they have interest in targeting you.

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age 50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 64.65
Internet Crime Complaints Total 8,267
Fraud Complaints per 100K 659.2
Fraud Complaints Total 84,270
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 109.7
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 14,030
#23 Alaska

To cyber criminals, it doesn’t matter if you’re part of the Lower 38 or the Last Frontier. In 2016, Alaskans lost $2,276,799 to internet crime, coming out to $1,808.42 per person on average. And for cybercrime as a whole, 4,635 Alaskans reported an attack of some sort. Men and people in their 50s were hit the hardest in 2015 and 2016. Don’t let this happen to you in 2017, too!

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age 50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 169.7
Internet Crime Complaints Total 1,259
Fraud Complaints per 100K 358.9
Fraud Complaints Total 2,663
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 96.1
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 713
#24 Oregon (Tied)

Oregon has found itself in a tie for the 24th highest rate of cybercrime in the country—alongside fellow Western state, Utah. In 2016, Oregonians reported a loss of $13,767,261 to internet crime as a whole and an average loss of $3,488.03 per person. For total cybercrime, 30,644 people came forward with reports of being victimized, especially men and adults 60-years and older. Keep your wits about you when you’re shopping online or doing anything digital this season; cybercriminals are never far away and don’t miss out on easy opportunities to access your information and use it.

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age 60+
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 96.42
Internet Crime Complaints Total 3,947
Fraud Complaints per 100K 546.8
Fraud Complaints Total 22,385
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 105.30
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 4,312
#24 Utah (Tied)

Utahns are in a tie for the 24th highest rate of cyber crime in America with Oregon. In 2016, Utah reported a loss of $704,226 to internet crime, which boiled down to about $3,182.67 per person. Total cybercrime impacted 17,585 Utah residents. Among the most hacked, defrauded, and victimized were men and people in their 30s. Compared to the rest of the country, Utah’s residents who fell victim to cybercrime most were much younger than the norm.

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age 30–39
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 75.22
Internet Crime Complaints Total 2,295
Fraud Complaints per 100K 417.9
Fraud Complaints Total 12,750
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 83.2
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 2,540
#26 Oklahoma

Oklahoma residents lost $15,412,650 to internet crime in 2016—averaging $6,278.07 per victim. Overall 26,142 people reported some kind of cybercrime. Men suffered the worst and so did adults 60-years and older. Here’s to hoping 2017 holiday shopping season will have far less cybercrime in Oklahomans’ futures.

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age 60+
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 62.57
Internet Crime Complaints Total 2,455
Fraud Complaints per 100K 518.7
Fraud Complaints Total 20,350
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 85.1
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 3,337
#27 Arkansas

On the glass half full side of America sits Arkansas. As the state with the 27th highest rate of cybercrimes in the country, residents lost a pretty penny in 2016—$7,917,870 to internet crime and an average of $4,273 per person. Overall, 19,671 people filed reports for cybercrime, mostly women and people 40–49-years old. Stay safe this Cyber Monday by keeping your passwords complex and your guard up while shopping online.

Most Victimized Sex Women
Most Victimized Age 40–49
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 62.01
Internet Crime Complaints Total 1,853
Fraud Complaints per 100K 519
Fraud Complaints Total 155,10
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 77.2
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 2,308
#28 Kansas

People of Kansas who fall victim to cybercrime might not want to be in Kansas anymore. However, this state is on the better half of the country as far as cyber crime rates go. In 2016, Kansans lost $7,011,898 to internet crime, which averaged out to $3,572.03 per person. In total, 19,130 people reported cybercrimes, including fraud, internet crime, and identity theft. If you’re male and 60 or older, be careful with your personal information this holiday; cyber criminals preyed on this demographic most in 2015 (age and sex data was based on 2015 research).

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age 60+
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 67.52
Internet Crime Complaints Total 1,963
Fraud Complaints per 100K 503.40
Fraud Complaints Total 14,635
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 87.10
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 2,532
#29 Montana

Big Sky country residents may have felt like the sky was falling when Montanans lost $305,2401 to internet crime in 2016, an average of $4,102.69 per person. In total, 6,055 people reported cybercrime of some kind last year, particularly women and people over 60-years old. This holiday, remember that cybercriminals are waiting for a chance to steal personal information and cash in; don’t let that victim be you!

Most Victimized Sex Women
Most Victimized Age 60+
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 71.37
Internet Crime Complaints Total 744
Fraud Complaints per 100K 441.20
Fraud Complaints Total 4,600
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 68.2
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 711
#30 Minnesota

Minnesotans might not mind when people botch their accent jokingly, but 35,829 people definitely minded when they fell victim to cybercrime in 2016—especially those who lost $12,634,057 to internet crime, averaging out to $3,726.86 per person. While you can let people have fun saying their “o’s” the Minnesota way, don’t let hackers have fun with your personal or financial information!

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age 50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 61.41
Internet Crime Complaints Total 3,390
Fraud Complaints per 100K 470.70
Fraud Complaints Total 25,980
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 107.2
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 5,919
#31 Idaho (Tied)

Idahoans are tied with South Carolina and Tennessee for the 31st worst cyber crime rates in the country—based on 2015 and 2016 data. In 2016, Idaho residents lost $4,174,839 to internet crime, or an average $3,727.53 per person. Statewide, 10,268 people reported cybercrime and men suffered the worst alongside people over 60-years of age. While your famous potatoes can hide underground, you’ll need to work to hide your personal information from opportunistic and crafty cybercriminals this Cyber Monday and holiday shopping season!

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age 60+
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 66.54
Internet Crime Complaints Total 1,120
Fraud Complaints per 100K 463.4
Fraud Complaints Total 7,800
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 80.10
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 1,348
#31 South Carolina (Tied)

South Carolinians were as misfortunate as Idahoans and Tennesseans in 2016; the residents of the Palmetto State lost $10,860,131 to internet crime, averaging $3,102.89 in losses per person. While older adults 60-years and up suffered the most, women did too—and 42,705 people in all reported cyber crime. Heed these trends in cybercrime to protect yourself against devastating identity theft and worse.

Most Victimized Sex Women
Most Victimized Age 60+
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 70.55
Internet Crime Complaints Total 3,500
Fraud Complaints per 100K 700.8
Fraud Complaints Total 34,767
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 89.5
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 4,438
#31 Tennessee (Tied)

Tennessee is tied with South Carolina and Idaho for the 31st highest cyber crime rates in America. In 2016, Tennesseans lost $12,557,922 to internet crime as a whole, and about $2,675.88 per person. Reports showed that in 2016 61,447 total complaints were filed to the FBI for cybercrime, mainly with female victims and people 60-years and older. Hopefully by reading this and preparing for the worst, you Tennesseans can see a merry holiday with no cyber attacks.

Most Victimized Sex Women
Most Victimized Age 60+
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 70.56
Internet Crime Complaints Total 4,693
Fraud Complaints per 100K 767.30
Fraud Complaints Total 51,036
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 86
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 5,718
#34 New Hampshire

New Hampshire may have no state income tax, but someone is finding a way to suck money from the state’s residents. In 2016, New Hampshire citizens lost $3,171,083 to internet crime, averaging $2,816.24 per person. Based on total cybercrime reports, 10,003 people were victimized, mainly women and people in their 50s. The Granite State will have to stay tough against cybercrime to defend itself against attacks.

Most Victimized Sex Women
Most Victimized Age 50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 84.36
Internet Crime Complaints Total 1,126
Fraud Complaints per 100K 563.8
Fraud Complaints Total 7,525
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 101.3
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 1,352
#35 Alabama

Alabamians have a polite southern drawl, but they also have been plagued by not-so-sweet cybercrime. In 2016, Alabama residents lost $7,178,091 to internet crime, averaging $1,926.49 per person. The FBI crime data also shows that 47,077 Alabamians reported cybercrime in general, mostly women and people 50–69-years old. With proper security protocol, people of Alabama can keep their home sweet—and less susceptible to cyber attacks.

Most Victimized Sex Women
Most Victimized Age 50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 76.61
Internet Crime Complaints Total 3,726
Fraud Complaints per 100K 809
Fraud Complaints Total 39,344
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 82.4
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 4,007
#36 Rhode Island

Rhode Island may be tiny, but in 2016 its residents lost a big 1,570,612 to internet crime—averaging $2,368.95 losses per person. In total 9,085 reports were filed by cybercrime victims, but not until after they wreaked havoc on mainly men and people in their 40s. Perhaps the tide will change for the Ocean State this Cyber Monday (one can hope!).

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age 40–49
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 62.76
Internet Crime Complaints Total 663
Fraud Complaints per 100K 682.1
Fraud Complaints Total 7,206
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 115.1
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 1,216
#37 North Carolina

The Tar Heel State reported a total loss of $24,194,018 to internet crime in 2016—averaging $3,726.74 per person. And if that’s not enough, 81,297 people filed cybercrime reports, mainly women and people 50–59 who were victimized the most. Hopefully the people of North Carolina can stay out of a sticky situation with cybercrime this year.

Most Victimized Sex Women
Most Victimized Age 50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 63.98
Internet Crime Complaints Total 6,492
Fraud Complaints per 100K 641.2
Fraud Complaints Total 65,059
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 96.1
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 9,746
#38 Ohio

Ohio is one of the better places to live based on the likelihood of falling victim to cybercrime. Albeit, when it happens it isn’t fun. In 2016, Ohioans lost $20,410,854 to internet crime—averaging $2,894.34 per person. And overall, 95,294 filed claims of cybercrime, mostly men and people 50–59-years old. Keep up the low cybercrime rates, Ohioans, by protecting yourself with strong passwords, secure WiFi, and savvy online shopping.

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age 50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 60.72
Internet Crime Complaints Total 7,052
Fraud Complaints per 100K 664.8
Fraud Complaints Total 77,213
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 94.8
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 11,009
#39 Nebraska

The Cornhuskers have sown a seed of strong cybersecurity and it shows. Compared to the rest of the nation, Nebraska has the 12th lowest rates of crime. However, Nebraskans still lost $4,289,411 to internet crime, averaging $4,172.58, in 2016. Plus, 10,467 Nebraskans filed claims for cybercrime last year too. If you’re male and in your 50s, be extra careful online this Cyber Monday; cyber criminals have targeted your demographic most in the past.

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age 50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 53.9
Internet Crime Complaints Total 1,028
Fraud Complaints per 100K 411.9
Fraud Complaints Total 7.855
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 83.1
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 1,584
#40 Mississippi

Mississippi has the 11th lowest rate of cyber crime in America. But in 2016, people of Mississippi still felt the burn of cybercrime—losing $3,473,575 to internet crime and an average of $2,367.81 per person. All in all, 22,055 people reported cybercrime last year, with women and people 40–49 falling victim the most. Remember your cybersecurity best practices this Cyber Monday to keep up your ranking and stay safe.

Most Victimized Sex Women
Most Victimized Age 40–49
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 49.08
Internet Crime Complaints Total 1,467
Fraud Complaints per 100K 609.3
Fraud Complaints Total 18,210
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 79.6
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 2,378
#41 Wyoming

In the Equality State, cyber criminals don’t discriminate. While Wyoming has the 10th least cyber crime in America, its residents lost $913,941 to internet crime in 2016—an average of $2115.6 per person—and reported 3,306 cybercrimes total. This Cyber Monday, watch out for cybercrime if you’re female or 50–59-years old because based on the data, these are the most vulnerable demographics.

Most Victimized Sex Women
Most Victimized Age 50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 73.78
Internet Crime Complaints Total 432
Fraud Complaints per 100K 416.2
Fraud Complaints Total 2,437
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 74.6
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 437
#42 Wisconsin

It’s not all cheese and crackers in Wisconsin—despite the fact that this state has the ninth least cybercrimes in the country. In 2016, Wisconsinites lost $10,309,552 to internet crime—$2,815.28 on average per person—and reported 35,637 total cybercrimes. Men and people 50–59 got hit hardest, so be careful if you fall into these groups! Cybercriminals could have their eyes on you.

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age 50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 63.37
Internet Crime Complaints Total 3,662
Fraud Complaints per 100K 465.9
Fraud Complaints Total 26,921
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 87.5
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 5,054
#43 Indiana

As the state with the eighth lowest cyber crime rates in the country, Indiana residents have still suffered at the hands of cybercriminals. In 2016, Indianans lost $9,266,381 to internet crime—$1,989.35 on average per person. Plus, 47,078 people reported a cybercrime, particularly women and people in their 40s. If you’re worried about cyber crime in Indiana, you’re safer than most, but that doesn’t mean you should let your guard down on Cyber Monday or whenever you’re shopping in the digital world.

Most Victimized Sex Women
Most Victimized Age 40–49
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 70.22
Internet Crime Complaints Total 4,658
Fraud Complaints per 100K 562.8
Fraud Complaints Total 37,329
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 76.8
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 5,091
#44 Hawaii

It’s usually all fun in the sun in Hawaii—especially since this state has the seventh least cybercrimes in America. However, in 2016, Hawaiians lost $2,924,323 total to internet crime and an average of $2,771.87 per person. Overall, 7,612 people reported cybercrime with the majority of them being men and people in their 50s.

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age 50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 73.85
Internet Crime Complaints Total 1,055
Fraud Complaints per 100K 403.8
Fraud Complaints Total 5,768
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 124
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 12,787
#45 Iowa

Iowa is known for its black soil, and even as the state with the sixth least cyber crime in America it’s still seen plenty of cybercrime. In 2016, Iowans lost $5,013,079 to internet crime—averaging $3,213.51 in losses per person. Also, 14,430 people in total reported cybercrime last year—mostly men and people 50–59. While you’re in the top 10 best states for low cybercrime, that doesn’t mean you’ll be there forever unless you take necessary precautions to stop cybercriminals.

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age 50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 49.77
Internet Crime Complaints Total 1,560
Fraud Complaints per 100K 342.5
Fraud Complaints Total 10,735
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 68.1
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 2,135
#46 Kentucky

Kentuckians love their derbies, but not their cybercrime encounters. While the Bluegrass State is the fifth best in the country as far as low cybercrime rates go, its people lost $9,381,342 to internet crime in 2016—averaging $3,579.30 per person. In all, 29,467 reported cybercrimes in 2016, mainly women and people 30–39. While your grass may be blue, make sure you aren’t too by protecting yourself from cybercrime this holiday!

Most Victimized Sex Women
Most Victimized Age 30–39
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 59.07
Internet Crime Complaints Total 2,621
Fraud Complaints per 100K 539.7
Fraud Complaints Total 23,948
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 65.3
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 2,898
#47 South Dakota

Congrats, South Dakota. Your state has the fourth lowest cyber crime rates in America! However, South Dakota residents still suffered from cybercrime in 2016—losing $933,723 to internet crime and about $2,483.31 per person. Last year, there were also a total of 3,654 reports of cybercrime, mostly from women and people 40–49-years old. While your state’s track record is good, stay vigilant this holiday to prevent cyber crime from happening to you.

Most Victimized Sex Women
Most Victimized Age 40–49
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 43.45
Internet Crime Complaints Total 376
Fraud Complaints per 100K 320.6
Fraud Complaints Total 2,775
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 58.1
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 503
#48 North Dakota

North Dakota has the third lowest rates of cyber crime in America. But in 2016, 2,973 fell victim to cybercrime—including $859,856 of loss to internet crime, which averaged out to $2,456.73 per person. Based on FBI crime data, men and people 20–29 are most likely to be victimized by cyber criminals. That’s interesting because cybercrime mostly happens to people in older age brackets across the rest of the country.

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age 20–29
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 46.18
Internet Crime Complaints Total 350
Fraud Complaints per 100K 284.7
Fraud Complaints Total 2,158
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 61.3
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 465
#49 West Virginia

West Virginian certainly is Wild and Wonderful. As the state with the third lowest cyber crime in America, its residents can take a sigh of relief. But don’t get too comfortable! In 2016, cybercriminals still robbed people of your state of $2,576,787 from internet crime—an average of $2,234.85 per person. Plus, last year 12,194 reported cybercrime to the FBI, among them mostly women and people in their 50s. Keep doing what you’re doing to stay safe from cybercrime this season.

Most Victimized Sex Women
Most Victimized Age 50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 62.97
Internet Crime Complaints Total 1,153
Fraud Complaints per 100K 543.3
Fraud Complaints Total 9,948
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 59.7
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 1,093
#50 Maine

Maine is the second best place to live in the country based on low cybercrime rates! However, it might help to remember that when cybercrime strikes, it hurts. In 2016, Mainers lost $1,192,677 to internet crime in, which averaged to $1,548.93 per person. And total 7,582 people reported falling victim to cybercrime. The best way to defeat and prevent cybercrime is by being prepared, so if you’re male and 60-years or older be extra careful online this Cyber Monday!

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age 60+
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 57.83
Internet Crime Complaints Total 770
Fraud Complaints per 100K 423.7
Fraud Complaints Total 5,642
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 87.9
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 1,179
#51 Vermont

Vermont takes the cake as the state with the lowest cybercrime in the nation! But as we celebrate, we must also remember that in 2016 Vermonters lost $855,007 to internet crime —averaging $1,943.20 per person. Plus, 3,359 people fell victim to cybercrime as a whole. Strangely enough, these victims were mostly male and under 20-years old. This makes unique point number two for Vermont: no other state has a majority of cybercrime victims in this extremely young age bracket.

Most Victimized Sex Men
Most Victimized Age <20
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K 70.45
Internet Crime Complaints Total 440
Fraud Complaints per 100K 450.40
Fraud Complaints Total 2,532
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K 62
I.D. Theft Complaints Total 387


Have Men or Women Suffered More From Cybercrime in Your State?

Men and women have different shopping habits. Surprisingly, men actually spend more than women online, so that fact alone may the reason men fell victim to cybercrime more often to women in 2015—and may continue to do so. In fact, men fell victim to cybercrime more 75 percent more often than women—falling victim in 38 of America’s 50 states and Washington D.C..

To determine if men or women fall victim to crime more often, we used the 2015 data from the FBI’s IC3 reporting database because the 1C3 2016 report didn’t break out these categories. The chart below ranks the states from worst to best for male and female cybercrime victimization (separately). For instance, Alaska is the worst state for men for cybercrime, but Mississippi is the best. Likewise, Florida is the worst for women when it comes to cybercrime, and South Dakota is the best.

State Male Rank Female Rank
Alabama 30 7
Alaska 1 22
Arizona 16 6
Arkansas 39 29
California 2 2
Colorado 13 8
Connecticut 7 14
Delaware 24 35
District of Columbia 4 24
Florida 5 1
Georgia 31 38
Hawaii 19 12
Idaho 40 26
Illinois 9 20
Indiana 26 26
Iowa 45 46
Kansas 44 41
Kentucky 48 42
Louisiana 38 36
Maine 50 50
Maryland 21 9
Massachusetts 32 19
Michigan 37 13
Minnesota 33 40
Mississippi 51 47
State Male Rank Female Rank
Missouri 12 15
Montana 22 37
Nebraska 36 47
Nevada 2 10
New Hampshire 13 21
New Jersey 10 32
New Mexico 40 29
New York 8 15
North Carolina 42 15
North Dakota 46 43
Ohio 49 43
Oklahoma 22 38
Oregon 35 5
Pennsylvania 24 28
Rhode Island 26 49
South Carolina 19 11
South Dakota 28 51
Tennessee 28 34
Texas 13 22
Utah 11 32
Vermont 47 43
Virginia 17 15
Washington 6 4
West Virginia 18 25
Wisconsin 43 29


Which Age Groups Fall Victim to Cybercrime Most Per State

In order to find out which age group fell victim to crime most often (per state), we used 2015 data from the FBI’s IC3 reporting database—weighting these rankings based on the total number of internet crime victims per capita and the average dollar loss per victim per age group. Since the IC3 did not break out the data by age on their 2016 report, we defaulted to 2015.

To form a ranking, we ranked each state from 1-51 (1 is worst, 51 is best) separately by age group. For example, Alabama is the 14th worst state for those younger than 20, but the 22nd worst state for those over 60.

State <20 20 – 29 30 – 39 40 – 49 50 – 59 60+
Alabama 14 14 17 25 21 22
Alaska 2 3 4 6 1 1
Arizona 10 13 16 11 12 7
Arkansas 32 50 30 12 45 20
California 5 4 7 8 15 15
Colorado 6 9 3 9 5 4
Connecticut 17 28 24 20 13 27
Delaware 11 15 9 30 20 5
District of Columbia 4 1 1 3 6 18
Florida 8 10 6 4 8 3
Georgia 16 24 19 21 46 46
Hawaii 27 46 28 13 7 16
Idaho 40 44 31 26 28 21
Illinois 25 23 15 23 37 42
Indiana 34 18 29 1 33 36
Iowa 46 47 48 48 41 48
Kansas 24 22 43 44 31 29
Kentucky 35 41 35 42 47 39
Louisiana 49 39 36 38 48 38
Maine 26 48 47 46 26 19
Maryland 7 8 10 5 3 10
Massachusetts 20 17 40 37 27 30
Michigan 29 40 44 31 29 26
Minnesota 41 36 33 39 25 40
Mississippi 51 49 50 49 49 50
Missouri 45 26 21 14 22 24
Montana 42 43 39 28 17 9
Nebraska 43 35 41 45 39 44
Nevada 3 2 2 2 4 2
New Hampshire 15 37 23 16 14 23
New Jersey 23 20 20 18 2 37
New Mexico 48 33 22 36 19 12
New York 13 7 11 17 18 31
North Carolina 37 29 34 35 38 33
North Dakota 22 16 46 51 50 51
Ohio 44 45 45 43 42 43
Oklahoma 50 34 32 40 34 28
Oregon 21 21 12 15 16 6
Pennsylvania 38 31 27 34 32 32
Rhode Island 36 25 26 29 43 47
South Carolina 31 32 37 24 40 25
South Dakota 18 51 51 50 51 49
Tennessee 47 30 25 19 24 14
Texas 28 19 14 27 30 35
Utah 30 11 18 32 44 34
Vermont 1 42 49 47 23 17
Virginia 12 5 5 10 9 13
Washington 9 6 8 7 11 8
West Virginia 33 38 42 33 35 45
Wisconsin 39 27 38 41 36 41
Wyoming 19 12 13 22 10 11

Our Methodology

Here are the sources and definitions we used to complete this study:

Internet Crime
For the purposes of this study, internet crime consists of “any illegal activity involving one or more components of the Internet, such as websites, chat rooms, and/or email. Internet crime involves the use of the Internet to communicate false or fraudulent representations to consumers. These crimes may include, but are not limited to, advance-fee schemes, non-delivery of goods or services, computer hacking, or employment/business opportunity schemes.” Information for this data came from the 2016 FBI IC3 report.

Fraud and Identity Theft
While fraud can mean a number of things—some happening off the internet, we factored it into our report because if someone steals your identity on Cyber Monday, they can commit fraud later. And also, some fraud does take place online originally.

While the CSN doesn’t specifically define fraud or identity theft, they report identity theft as its own category and fraud as all other fraudulent reports made to the CSN. This includes all reports where the victim was contacted by phone or the internet in relation to these categories:

  • Do-Not-Call Registry violations
  • Computers, the Internet, and Online Auctions
  • Telemarketing Scams
  • Advance-fee Loans and Credit Scams
  • Immigration Services
  • Sweepstakes, Lotteries, and Prizes
  • Business Opportunities and Work-at-Home Schemes
  • Health and Weight Loss Products
  • Debt Collection, Credit Reports, and Financial Matters

All fraud and identity theft data used in this report is from the 2016 CSN database.

Age and Sex
All of the data used for total cybercrime compilations based on age and gender was pulled from the 2015 FBI crime database, since 2016 was not available.

In our digital world, cyber crime is something every consumer has to worry about and occasionally deal with. To prepare yourself for the worst, read up on ways you can reduce your risk of falling victim to fraud, internet crime, and identity theft. Or, opt for a credit monitoring service that will alert you immediately if it spots any fishy activity. Happy holidays and happy shopping! May you get through it all financially unscathed and with some stellar Cyber Monday deals!

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