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National Public Survey on White Collar Crime 2010

April 5, 2011 Comments off

National Public Survey on White Collar Crime 2010 (PDF)
Source: National White Collar Crime Center

The 2010 National Public Survey on White Collar Crime was designed by the National White Collar Crime Center to measure the public’s experience with white collar crime in the following areas:

  • Victimization
  • Reporting behaviors
  • Perceptions of crime seriousness

The survey was administered from June to August, 2010 and employed random digit dialing techniques to provide a national sample. Landline and cell phone interviews of 2,503 adult participants were conducted in English and Spanish. Respondents were asked about experiences within their households concerning white collar crime within the past 12 months (see Appendix B for survey instrument), as well as about personal encounters with these crimes within the past 12 months. The experiences measured were mortgage fraud, credit card fraud, identity theft , unnecessary home or auto repairs, price misrepresentation, and losses occurring due to false stockbroker information, fraudulent business ventures, and Internet scams. The study found that:

  • 24% of households and 17% of individuals reported experiencing at least one form of these victimizations within the previous year
  • Respondents reported victimization at both household and individual levels most often as a result of credit card fraud, price misrepresentation, and unnecessary object repairs
    In conjunction with direct victimization questions, respondents were asked whether or not the victimization was reported to law enforcement or other entities that might be able to assist the victim. Of the household victimizations:

  • 54.7% were reported to at least one external recipient or agency (e.g., credit card company, business or person involved, law enforcement, consumer protection agency, personal att orney, etc.)
  • Only 11.7% were reported to law enforcement or some other crime control agency
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