Canadian Gov’t: The Most Common Cybercrime is Fraud


A new report released by the Canadian government offers a glimpse of the online crimes most commonly reported to police.

More than half of cybercrimes reported to police in Canada in 2012 were related to online fraud, according to the report.

Researchers examined 9,084 police reports for online crime filed in 2012. Fraud and identity theft cases account for 54 percent of reports.

Threats of violence and sexual crimes were the next most widespread types of online crime reported, according to the report.

About one in five (20 percent) of cybercrimes examined for the report, involved threats of physical violence, criminal harassment or extortion, according to the report.

Child pornography and other sex-related online crimes accounted for 16 percent of crimes recorded.

Read the full report HERE.

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