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

November 14, 2017    |    Cyber Security    |    Private Tunnel

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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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age40–49
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K100.76
Internet Crime Complaints Total39,547
Fraud Complaints per 100K713.10
Fraud Complaints Total279,887
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K139.50
I.D. Theft Complaints Total54,744
#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 SexWomen
Most Victimized Age60+
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K102.21
Internet Crime Complaints Total21,068
Fraud Complaints per 100K1,305.60
Fraud Complaints Total269,117
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K166.80
I.D. Theft Complaints Total34,384
#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 SexWomen
Most Victimized Age40–49
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K128.40
Internet Crime Complaints Total3,775
Fraud Complaints per 100K872
Fraud Complaints Total25,636
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K135.80
I.D. Theft Complaints Total3,993
#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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age30–39
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K76.95
Internet Crime Complaints Total21,441
Fraud Complaints per 100K952.30
Fraud Complaints Total265,347
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K119.20
I.D. Theft Complaints Total33,214
#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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age60+
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K81.79
Internet Crime Complaints Total1,702
Fraud Complaints per 100K667.90
Fraud Complaints Total13,900
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K96.90
I.D. Theft Complaints Total2,016
#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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age30–39
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K83.19
Internet Crime Complaints Total16,426
Fraud Complaints per 100K567.30
Fraud Complaints Total112,006
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K102.30
I.D. Theft Complaints Total20,205
#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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age60+
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K91.60
Internet Crime Complaints Total6,349
Fraud Complaints per 100K656.90
Fraud Complaints Total45,528
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K126.20
I.D. Theft Complaints Total8,748
#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 SexWomen
Most Victimized Age50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K95.91
Internet Crime Complaints Total8,068
Fraud Complaints per 100K701.3
Fraud Complaints Total58,991
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K104.3
I.D. Theft Complaints Total8,772
#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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K123.58
Internet Crime Complaints Total6,847
Fraud Complaints per 100K609.1
Fraud Complaints Total33,745
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K112
I.D. Theft Complaints Total6,203
#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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age60+
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K94.32
Internet Crime Complaints Total6,874
Fraud Complaints per 100K554.7
Fraud Complaints Total40,423
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K114
I.D. Theft Complaints Total8,310
#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 SexWomen
Most Victimized Age40–49
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K64.95
Internet Crime Complaints Total6697
Fraud Complaints per 100K1,136.6
Fraud Complaints Total117,189
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K124
I.D. Theft Complaints Total12,787
#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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K138.97
Internet Crime Complaints Total8,361
Fraud Complaints per 100K807.7
Fraud Complaints Total48,594
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K137.1
I.D. Theft Complaints Total8,251
#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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age60+
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K64.3
Internet Crime Complaints Total6,384
Fraud Complaints per 100K1083.3
Fraud Complaints Total107557
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K175.6
I.D. Theft Complaints Total17,430
#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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K74.79
Internet Crime Complaints Total6,690
Fraud Complaints per 100K636.7
Fraud Complaints Total56,951
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K111.5
I.D. Theft Complaints Total9,977
#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 SexWomen
Most Victimized Age30–39
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K137.7
Internet Crime Complaints Total938
Fraud Complaints per 100KN/A
Fraud Complaints TotalN/A
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100KN/A
I.D. Theft Complaints TotalN/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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age40–49
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K67.22
Internet Crime Complaints Total4,096
Fraud Complaints per 100K706.5
Fraud Complaints Total43,050
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K136.1
I.D. Theft Complaints Total8,292
#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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age60+
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K73.84
Internet Crime Complaints Total703
Fraud Complaints per 100K797.50
Fraud Complaints Total7,593
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K155.9
I.D. Theft Complaints Total1,484
#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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age30–39
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K71.69
Internet Crime Complaints Total9,177
Fraud Complaints per 100K576.7
Fraud Complaints Total73,829
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K138
I.D. Theft Complaints Total17,660
#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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K71.76
Internet Crime Complaints Total4,888
Fraud Complaints per 100K547.2
Fraud Complaints Total37,271
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K107
I.D. Theft Complaints Total7,287
#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 SexWomen
Most Victimized Age40–49
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K64.12
Internet Crime Complaints Total3,002
Fraud Complaints per 100K701.90
Fraud Complaints Total32,861
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K69.7
I.D. Theft Complaints Total3,264
#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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K71.16
Internet Crime Complaints Total2,545
Fraud Complaints per 100K590.4
Fraud Complaints Total21,117
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K137.9
I.D. Theft Complaints Total4,933
#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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K64.65
Internet Crime Complaints Total8,267
Fraud Complaints per 100K659.2
Fraud Complaints Total84,270
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K109.7
I.D. Theft Complaints Total14,030
#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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K169.7
Internet Crime Complaints Total1,259
Fraud Complaints per 100K358.9
Fraud Complaints Total2,663
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K96.1
I.D. Theft Complaints Total713
#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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age60+
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K96.42
Internet Crime Complaints Total3,947
Fraud Complaints per 100K546.8
Fraud Complaints Total22,385
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K105.30
I.D. Theft Complaints Total4,312
#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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age30–39
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K75.22
Internet Crime Complaints Total2,295
Fraud Complaints per 100K417.9
Fraud Complaints Total12,750
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K83.2
I.D. Theft Complaints Total2,540
#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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age60+
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K62.57
Internet Crime Complaints Total2,455
Fraud Complaints per 100K518.7
Fraud Complaints Total20,350
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K85.1
I.D. Theft Complaints Total3,337
#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 SexWomen
Most Victimized Age40–49
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K62.01
Internet Crime Complaints Total1,853
Fraud Complaints per 100K519
Fraud Complaints Total155,10
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K77.2
I.D. Theft Complaints Total2,308
#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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age60+
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K67.52
Internet Crime Complaints Total1,963
Fraud Complaints per 100K503.40
Fraud Complaints Total14,635
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K87.10
I.D. Theft Complaints Total2,532
#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 SexWomen
Most Victimized Age60+
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K71.37
Internet Crime Complaints Total744
Fraud Complaints per 100K441.20
Fraud Complaints Total4,600
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K68.2
I.D. Theft Complaints Total711
#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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K61.41
Internet Crime Complaints Total3,390
Fraud Complaints per 100K470.70
Fraud Complaints Total25,980
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K107.2
I.D. Theft Complaints Total5,919
#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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age60+
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K66.54
Internet Crime Complaints Total1,120
Fraud Complaints per 100K463.4
Fraud Complaints Total7,800
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K80.10
I.D. Theft Complaints Total1,348
#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 SexWomen
Most Victimized Age60+
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K70.55
Internet Crime Complaints Total3,500
Fraud Complaints per 100K700.8
Fraud Complaints Total34,767
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K89.5
I.D. Theft Complaints Total4,438
#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 SexWomen
Most Victimized Age60+
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K70.56
Internet Crime Complaints Total4,693
Fraud Complaints per 100K767.30
Fraud Complaints Total51,036
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K86
I.D. Theft Complaints Total5,718
#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 SexWomen
Most Victimized Age50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K84.36
Internet Crime Complaints Total1,126
Fraud Complaints per 100K563.8
Fraud Complaints Total7,525
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K101.3
I.D. Theft Complaints Total1,352
#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 SexWomen
Most Victimized Age50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K76.61
Internet Crime Complaints Total3,726
Fraud Complaints per 100K809
Fraud Complaints Total39,344
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K82.4
I.D. Theft Complaints Total4,007
#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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age40–49
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K62.76
Internet Crime Complaints Total663
Fraud Complaints per 100K682.1
Fraud Complaints Total7,206
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K115.1
I.D. Theft Complaints Total1,216
#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 SexWomen
Most Victimized Age50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K63.98
Internet Crime Complaints Total6,492
Fraud Complaints per 100K641.2
Fraud Complaints Total65,059
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K96.1
I.D. Theft Complaints Total9,746
#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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K60.72
Internet Crime Complaints Total7,052
Fraud Complaints per 100K664.8
Fraud Complaints Total77,213
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K94.8
I.D. Theft Complaints Total11,009
#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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K53.9
Internet Crime Complaints Total1,028
Fraud Complaints per 100K411.9
Fraud Complaints Total7.855
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K83.1
I.D. Theft Complaints Total1,584
#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 SexWomen
Most Victimized Age40–49
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K49.08
Internet Crime Complaints Total1,467
Fraud Complaints per 100K609.3
Fraud Complaints Total18,210
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K79.6
I.D. Theft Complaints Total2,378
#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 SexWomen
Most Victimized Age50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K73.78
Internet Crime Complaints Total432
Fraud Complaints per 100K416.2
Fraud Complaints Total2,437
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K74.6
I.D. Theft Complaints Total437
#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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K63.37
Internet Crime Complaints Total3,662
Fraud Complaints per 100K465.9
Fraud Complaints Total26,921
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K87.5
I.D. Theft Complaints Total5,054
#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 SexWomen
Most Victimized Age40–49
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K70.22
Internet Crime Complaints Total4,658
Fraud Complaints per 100K562.8
Fraud Complaints Total37,329
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K76.8
I.D. Theft Complaints Total5,091
#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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K73.85
Internet Crime Complaints Total1,055
Fraud Complaints per 100K403.8
Fraud Complaints Total5,768
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K124
I.D. Theft Complaints Total12,787
#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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K49.77
Internet Crime Complaints Total1,560
Fraud Complaints per 100K342.5
Fraud Complaints Total10,735
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K68.1
I.D. Theft Complaints Total2,135
#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 SexWomen
Most Victimized Age30–39
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K59.07
Internet Crime Complaints Total2,621
Fraud Complaints per 100K539.7
Fraud Complaints Total23,948
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K65.3
I.D. Theft Complaints Total2,898
#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 SexWomen
Most Victimized Age40–49
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K43.45
Internet Crime Complaints Total376
Fraud Complaints per 100K320.6
Fraud Complaints Total2,775
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K58.1
I.D. Theft Complaints Total503
#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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age20–29
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K46.18
Internet Crime Complaints Total350
Fraud Complaints per 100K284.7
Fraud Complaints Total2,158
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K61.3
I.D. Theft Complaints Total465
#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 SexWomen
Most Victimized Age50–59
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K62.97
Internet Crime Complaints Total1,153
Fraud Complaints per 100K543.3
Fraud Complaints Total9,948
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K59.7
I.D. Theft Complaints Total1,093
#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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age60+
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K57.83
Internet Crime Complaints Total770
Fraud Complaints per 100K423.7
Fraud Complaints Total5,642
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K87.9
I.D. Theft Complaints Total1,179
#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 SexMen
Most Victimized Age<20
Internet Crime Complaints per 100K70.45
Internet Crime Complaints Total440
Fraud Complaints per 100K450.40
Fraud Complaints Total2,532
I.D. Theft Complaints per 100K62
I.D. Theft Complaints Total387

 

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.

StateMale RankFemale Rank
Alabama307
Alaska122
Arizona166
Arkansas3929
California22
Colorado138
Connecticut714
Delaware2435
District of Columbia424
Florida51
Georgia3138
Hawaii1912
Idaho4026
Illinois920
Indiana2626
Iowa4546
Kansas4441
Kentucky4842
Louisiana3836
Maine5050
Maryland219
Massachusetts3219
Michigan3713
Minnesota3340
Mississippi5147
StateMale RankFemale Rank
Missouri1215
Montana2237
Nebraska3647
Nevada210
New Hampshire1321
New Jersey1032
New Mexico4029
New York815
North Carolina4215
North Dakota4643
Ohio4943
Oklahoma2238
Oregon355
Pennsylvania2428
Rhode Island2649
South Carolina1911
South Dakota2851
Tennessee2834
Texas1322
Utah1132
Vermont4743
Virginia1715
Washington64
West Virginia1825
Wisconsin4329

 

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<2020 - 2930 - 3940 - 4950 - 5960+
Alabama141417252122
Alaska234611
Arizona10131611127
Arkansas325030124520
California54781515
Colorado693954
Connecticut172824201327
Delaware1115930205
District of Columbia4113618
Florida8106483
Georgia162419214646
Hawaii27462813716
Idaho404431262821
Illinois252315233742
Indiana34182913336
Iowa464748484148
Kansas242243443129
Kentucky354135424739
Louisiana493936384838
Maine264847462619
Maryland78105310
Massachusetts201740372730
Michigan294044312926
Minnesota413633392540
Mississippi514950494950
Missouri452621142224
Montana42433928179
Nebraska433541453944
Nevada322242
New Hampshire153723161423
New Jersey23202018237
New Mexico483322361912
New York13711171831
North Carolina372934353833
North Dakota221646515051
Ohio444545434243
Oklahoma503432403428
Oregon21211215166
Pennsylvania383127343232
Rhode Island362526294347
South Carolina313237244025
South Dakota185151505149
Tennessee473025192414
Texas281914273035
Utah301118324434
Vermont14249472317
Virginia125510913
Washington9687118
West Virginia333842333545
Wisconsin392738413641
Wyoming191213221011

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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