Essential Report

Cyber crimes

Oct 30, 2012

Q. Have you ever been the victim of any of the following crimes?

 

Total

Men

Women

Aged

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+

Had your credit card number stolen

16%

17%

15%

12%

18%

16%

Been the victim of online fraud

10%

11%

10%

12%

10%

9%

Had your identity stolen

1%

2%

1%

3%

1%

1%

Had a computer virus that damaged your computer or data

29%

30%

28%

33%

28%

25%

Cyber bullying

3%

2%

5%

7%

2%

1%

Online stalking, invasion of privacy or high levels of harassment

4%

2%

5%

5%

4%

1%

No, none of them

56%

55%

57%

53%

57%

58%

29% say they have had a computer virus that caused damage to their computer or data, 16% have had their credit card number stolen and 10% have been the victim of online fraud. Online stalking (4%), cyber bullying (3%) and identity theft (1%) are much less common.

Those aged under 35 are somewhat more likely to have been a victim of a virus (33%), cyber bullying (7%) and online stalking (5%).

Women are more likely to have been a victim of cyber bullying (5%) and online stalking (5%).

Financial loss from computer crimes

Oct 30, 2012

Q. How much did the incident(s) cost you directly in terms of financial loss?

 

Total victims of crime

Men

Women

Aged

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+

Credit card number stolen

Online fraud

Identity stolen

Computer virus

No financial loss

45%

40%

51%

49%

43%

44%

59%

30%

43%

42%

Less than $100

9%

11%

7%

6%

11%

10%

6%

7%

10%

Between $100 and $500

23%

26%

19%

23%

22%

22%

17%

36%

36%

25%

Between $500 and $1000

7%

7%

8%

8%

7%

9%

6%

8%

14%

10%

Between $1,000 and $2,000

4%

2%

5%

3%

4%

4%

5%

6%

4%

Over $2000

4%

5%

2%

4%

2%

4%

3%

8%

2%

Can’t say

8%

9%

8%

6%

11%

8%

5%

5%

7%

8%

Average financial loss

$310

$330

$280

$300

$260

$320

$260

$490

$230

$290

Victims of cyber crime average financial losses of $310. (estimated to nearest $10).

Victims of online fraud have suffered the greatest financial losses – an average loss of $490 and 22% have lost more than $500 to cyber crime.

Other crimes have average losses of between $200 and $300.

There were only small differences by demographics. Men ($330) and people aged 55+ ($320) were likely to have lost a little more than other groups.

Note: Financial losses are from all crimes. Some respondents have been a victim of more than one type of crime.

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