Report: Nevada Ranks Among Worst States For Internet Crime

RENO (AP) - According to a government study, Nevada ranked among
the worst states for Internet scams last year.

The report by the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center found that the state ranked second in the nation per capita for perpetrators and fifth per capita for victims.

The study estimated that Nevada had 64.5 perpetrators per 100,000 people, which trailed only the Disrict of Columbia. It also found the state had nearly 82 complaints per 100,000 people.

Nevada Deputy Attorney General Ernest Figueroa attributes the state's ranking in part to its transient population.

He says pet and check scams, and auction frauds are common in

But Figueroa warned that the report released Thursday only looks at where scammers said they operate. He says scam artists could say
they operate from popular destinations such as Las Vegas in order
to gain credibility when they actually work from outside the U.S.

The report found that money lost in Internet crimes hit a new record high last year, topping about $240 million.

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