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Australia Suffers More From Cyber Crime Than Rest of The World

A research by AVG, the maker of security software, revealed that the increasing number of online purchasers, who make the payments but never get the ordered goods, has made Australia the top hotspot for cyber crime for global spammers, as reported by SmartCompany on June 10, 2008.

According to the study, more than 39% of Internet users had been victims of one or another form of online crime. The study found that the Australian women were likely to be more trusting compared to men, while other researches revealed that men fell more to Internet fraud.

The survey further revealed that women were victims of unfavorable financial impact due to phony e-mails, theft of online banking details and credit card frauds, while men seemed to be more vulnerable to phishing scams and did not receive the goods they ordered via eBay or similar sites.

Also, according to the Australian respondents, evasive online auctions based on spam mails and fake advertisements appeared top on the list of cyber crime with 16% of online purchasers not getting the items they had sent payments for over the net. Further, in 14% of cases, 'advanced fee-frauds' was the reason for causing financial damages, while phishing scams followed at 10%. Other reasons included not getting goods ordered on the Internet (8%), payment card fraud (5%) and illegal bank transfers (3%) and these appeared as the highest forms of online theft Aussies suffered from.

Moreover, according to the Australian Consumer Fraud Taskforce, the Australians are tricked into parting from over $ 700 Million per annum through spammers' online scams, while the Australian High-Tech Crime Center regards malicious programs as the most serious cyber threat country is facing.

Lloyd Borrett, Marketing Manager, AVG, said that the research indicates that 99.5% of home computers are connected with broadband connection, and the Australians use the Internet more for banking, booking tickets, shopping, and paying bills, as reported by PCWorld on June 10, 2008.

Hence, the AVG Researchers suggested that comprehensive security solutions should be adopted to protect online users against phishing scams in addition to spreading awareness.

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