Connecticut residents lost more than $3.3 million to computer fraud last year, according to a report released Tuesday by the state Department of Consumer Protection.
The Internet Crime Complaint Center, a joint effort between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center, said in its report that non-delivery of merchandise or payment was the biggest complaint among state consumers in 2010, followed by identity theft and auction fraud. During the previous year, scams involving purported FBI agents had been the top Internet crime in Connecticut.
The state ranked 26th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia in terms of its contribution to computer crime last year. Connecticut is 29th among states in population size, according to the latest Census figures.
The median dollar loss for Connecticut residents who filed complaints was about $530, compared with $495 the year before. The biggest loss, $200,000, occurred because of identity theft, according to the Consumer Protection department.
“Anyone who uses a computer is at risk for scams and fraud,” said Commissioner William M. Rubenstein in a statement.
He urged residents to install the latest security software on their computers, be aware of protecting personal information and take with a grain of salt offers that appear too good to be true.