Are you a man between the ages of 50-59? You could be more likely than most to be a victim of cybercrime in Maryland, according to data compiled by OpenVPN, an open source virtual private network protocol.
Last year, according to the report, more than 65,000 Marylanders were victims of cybercrime. That crime led to more than $23.1 million lost, an average of more than $2,700 per victim.
In 2015, a man was more likely to be a victim of a cybercrime than a woman. When victims are grouped by age, the 50-59 age group was most likely to have been a victim of cybercrime.
More than 80 percent of Americans made an online purchase in the past month, according to a report by BigCommerce. This week’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales could also attract more cybercrime.
In Maryland, the biggest cybercrime complaint was fraud, accounting for the vast majority of cases. The Federal Trade Commission offers 10 things people can do to avoid fraud. Included is to make sure you know who you are buying from and what you are buying when shopping online.