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Cybercrime 'embarassing for victims'

Date: May 19, 2011

THE internet has opened up a lot of doors for criminals but the victims of cybercrime often feel too embarrassed to come forward, federal Justice Minister Brendan O'Connor says.

"The capacity through the internet to send (scam messages) to ... thousands and tens of thousands means that if only 0.001 per cent respond then it is still a significant number," he told a conference on victims of crime today.

Mr O'Connor, who is also the minister for home affairs, said he had met a man who had lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in an online scam.

"Like many victims of fraud the man was humiliated and embarrassed and this likely held him back from getting help," he said.

"Like fraud committed elsewhere, people affected by online fraud can be humiliated and they feel reticent about reporting their loss to authorities."

Mr O'Connor said he was looking at way of mitigating the risks of cybercrime. He opened the second day of the Meeting the Needs of Victims of Crime conference being held in Sydney.

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