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NW3C Survey: Nearly 28 Million Households Victimized by White Collar Crime

by NW3C | Nov 23, 2010
The 2010 National Household Survey on White Collar Crime found that 24% of all American households experienced at least one form of white collar crime in the past year.

Richmond, VA (11/23/2010) – Almost a quarter of all American households were victimized by white collar crime in the last year. The 2010 National Household Survey on White Collar Crime conducted by the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance found that 24% of all American households experienced at least one form of white collar crime in the past twelve months. Applying the most current census estimates to that figure suggests that approximately 28 million households have been recently victimized by white collar crime. Among the most common crimes reported in the survey were credit card fraud and unnecessary repairs.

“This is proof that white collar crime is not a faceless offense that happens to other people,” said Don Brackman, Director of NW3C. “This is a serious matter that affects people from all walks of life- an important lesson to remember this holiday season.”

Compounding the challenge for law enforcement is that a large majority of individuals do not report the crimes. More than 88% of incidents are never brought to the attention of the police.

“One of the more disappointing findings of this survey is how few white collar crime victims reach out to law enforcement,” Brackman said. “You wouldn’t hesitate to call the police if someone broke into your car. You shouldn’t hesitate to call them if someone breaks into your bank account.”

The 2010 National Household Survey on White Collar Crime is NW3C’s latest research effort to enhance understanding of the financial and cyber crime problem. The survey measures the public’s experience within three main areas: victimization, reporting behaviors and perceptions of crime seriousness.

To learn more about the survey results, or to download a copy, please visit crimesurvey.nw3c.org.

About NW3C
Funded for over thirty years primarily by the Department of Justice (DOJ), through the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), NW3C is a leader in the fight against economic and high-tech crime.

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