A 2008 report by the Internet Crime Complaint Center, which is a partnership between the FBI and America's National White Collar Crime Center, revealed the top 10 countries of cyber crime perpetrators. They are
- United States of America (66%)
- United Kingdom (10%)
- Nigeria (7%)
- Canada (3%)
- China (1%)
- South Africa (1%)
- Ghana (1%)
- Spain (1%)
- Italy (.5%)
- Romania (.5%)
Now, it is rather eye opening that Nigeria came in third at 7% but the average individual, almost anywhere in the world, would assume that Nigeria would be the key location for cyber crime perpetrators. It is also interesting that the USA came in first with 66%. Being that it has a clear majority on cyber crime, why is there even a category designated to Nigeria on the FBI's list of internet scams called Nigerian letter scams?
here and elsewhere so as to allow others to do this for the country.
Nonetheless, this new report is not an excuse for Nigerian authorities to slack on finding and punishing those who commit cyber crime and all crime, in general. The percentage of cyber crime perpetrators should go down, what with the continued arrests and prosecution of various individuals for online scams such as Lawal Nurudeen who managed to defraud an Australian of $47,000.
Hattip to Webround, the master at discovering the most interesting and quirky tidbits about everything.
UPDATE: Thanks to reader AL of Agegelabs who noted "the report is specific to the US only. 93% of complainants came from the US. Hence no surprise with the 66% US number." Hopefully that will add some more context to the report and the ensuing discussion below.
UPDATE (6/9/09): Please listen to Fatima Bukar's fun podcast. She made it after reading this post and it really gives you a sense of one person's response to this Cyber Crime report. She also shares her experience at an airport because of her nationality, and shares what it is like to be a Nigerian seeking a credit card in Australia. Very enlightening.
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