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Net fraud cases rise to record 158: NPA.

TOKYO, Jan. 31 Kyodo

The number of Internet fraud cases reached 158 in 2001, up 41 from the previous year to hit a record high since statistics were first compiled in 1995, the National Police Agency (NPA) said Thursday.

The NPA said that with cybercrimes spreading to a wide range of areas, it plans to strengthen information exchanges with police forces nationwide.

The report said the largest number of Internet-related cases involved fraud via Internet auctions at 53 cases, up 23 from the previous year. It was followed by 43 cases involving intellectual property violations such as pirated software.

Last September, the Yamagata prefectural police arrested a company employee on suspicion of selling duplicated copies of computer software via a Net auction, the report said.

Meanwhile, there were five reported cases of Internet pyramid investment schemes last year, the report said, compared with no such cases reported the previous year.

In January last year, the Hokkaido police exposed a scheme, conducted mainly by e-mail, involving five people who received a total of 1.07 million yen from about 1,000 company employees promising them immense profits for a limited investment, according to the report.
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