Nigeria 16th Among Nations Worst Hit By Internet Fraud In 2020- FBI

Internet crimes: Nigeria is 16th worst country - FBI | The Dabigal Blog

Richard Ginika Izuora

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI has named Nigeria as ranking the 16th among nations worst affected by internet crimes in 2020.

The FBI, released the ranking in its annual report made public on Wednesday, March 17.

According to the FBI report, Nigeria is among the top 20 international victim countries of online-based crime.

Other countries that ranked better than Nigeria are Pakistan, China, Columbia, and Hong Kong.

Apart from Nigeria, South Africa was also listed among the ‘worst’ 20 as it was rated sixth with 1,754 victims while Nigeria had 443 victims.

The report noted that the top three crimes reported by victims in America in 2020 were phishing scams, non-payment/non-delivery scams, as well as extortion; also adding that victims lost the most money to business email compromise scams, romance, and confidence schemes, and investment fraud.

“IC3 received a record number of complaints from the American public in 2020: 791,790, with reported losses exceeding $4.1 billion. This represents a 69 per cent increase in total complaints from 2019.

“Business E-mail Compromise schemes continued to be the costliest: 19,369 complaints with an adjusted loss of approximately $1.8 billion. Phishing scams were also prominent: 241,342 complaints, with adjusted losses of over $54 million. The number of ransomware incidents also continues to rise, with 2,474 incidents reported in 2020,” Deputy Director of FBI, Paul Abbate, added.

See the top 20 countries and their number of victims are:

1. United Kingdom 216,633
2. Canada 5,399
3. India 2,930
4. Greece 2,314
5. Australia 1,807
6. South Africa 1,754
7. France 1,640
8. Germany 1,578
9. Mexico 1,164
10. Belgium 1,023
11. Brazil 951
12. Philippines 898
13. Italy 728
14. Spain 618
15. Netherlands 450
16. Nigeria 443
17. Pakistan 443
18. China 442
19. Colombia 418
20. Hong Kong 407.

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