Web auction fraud gains majority in Japan cyber crime report

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According to a report released by the National Police Agency, 1,802 cyber crimes were uncovered in the first fraud through abuse of computer networks rose most sharply, at 733 cases up 9.1 percent, and accounting for 40 per cent of the total. The majority of these related to Internet auctions.


Cases of child prostitution through dating websites rose 18.2 per cent to 169, while trademark offences such as submitting fake brand merchandise to Internet auctions rose more than doubled to 106 cases. Police data has previously shown that Internet-related crimes including 'phishing' — scams that trick people into providing personal and financial information — and illegal access to computer networks have more than doubled in the past five years.

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