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White Collar Crime Grows -- One in Four Households Impacted

Businesses, Organized Crime Involved

White collar crime now affects more Americans than all other forms of crime combined, according to a new report published by the the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C). Conducted by the NW3C and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the 2010 National Public Survey on White Collar Crime found that nearly one in four American households were victims of white collar crime during the past 12 months. The survey of 2,503 adults from June to August 2010 asked respondents about personal and household experiences involving mortgage fraud, credit card fraud, identity theft, unnecessary home or auto repairs, price misrepresentation, and losses due to dishonest stockbrokers, fraudulent business ventures, and Internet scams. The NW3C is a nonprofit membership group that studies white collar crime and works with law enforcement and companies. The group also partners with the FBI on the Internet Crime Complaint Center.