Nigeria, South Africa rank high on FBI list of cybercrime

Nigeria ranks rather disturbingly high on the FBI list of countries that are worst affected by internet crimes.

Two African countries, Nigeria and South Africa were listed among the ‘worst’ 20 – ranking 16th and 6th respectively.

South Africa reportedly had 1,754 victims while Nigeria had 443 victims, according to the annual report of the bureau’s Internet Crime Complaint Centre.

The statistics in the 2020 Internet Crime Report includes information from 791,790 complaints of suspected internet crime, an increase of more than 300,000 complaints from 2019.

The FBI report claims the reported losses exceeded $4.2 billion.

Phishing scams, non-payment/non-delivery scams and extortion were the top three crimes reported by victims in 2020, and it was also learnt that victims lost the most money to business email compromise scams, romance and confidence schemes, and investment fraud.

There was also the emergence of scams exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic. The IC3 received over 28,500 complaints related to COVID-19, with fraudsters targeting both businesses and individuals.

The FBI stated that it released the 2020 Internet Crime Report to remind the public to immediately report suspected criminal internet activity to the IC3 at ic3.gov. The American agency added that by reporting internet crime, victims are not only alerting law enforcement to the activity but aiding in the overall fight against cybercrime.

See the top 20 countries below:

  1. United Kingdom; 2. Canada; 3. India; 4. Greece; 5. Australia; 6. South Africa; 7. France; 8. Germany; 9. Mexico; 10. Belgium; 11. Brazil; Philippines; 13. Italy; 14. Spain; 15. Netherlands; 16. Nigeria; 17. Pakistan; 18. China; 19. Colombia; 20. Hong Kong.

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