"The Internet is still new to many of our citizens, and because it's new it opens them up to scams and actions that can have horrible consequences," added Garth Bruen, a Digital Citizens' Security Fellow and member of the group's Advisory Board. "By sharing our experiences with each other, we can make the Internet a safer and better place for all of our citizens."
Scams and illicit online activities are seemingly becoming increasingly connected. In fact, four in 10 Americans say that Internet crimes such as selling illegal prescription drugs, theft of creative content like movies and music, financial scams and online child pornography are conducted by the same perpetrators, according to the survey. Hart Research Associates conducted the online survey of 801 American from Sept. 11-13 on behalf of Digital Citizens. The margin of error is 3.86.