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Preparing for Black Friday sales might mean setting aside extra cash right now, scoping out teasers online for the deals you may find and even applying for a new credit card with 0% intro APR to cover those holiday purchases.

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But your Black Friday shopping prep should also include being wary of scammers and hackers looking to separate you from your hard-earned money and your personal information.

“The risk of being targeted is particularly high as we head into the festive period, as consumers seeking online bargains over Black Friday are likely to be targeted by a surge in cybercriminals looking to take advantage of this increased online activity,” stated a new report from VPNPro.

The organization recently researched the top states for online fraud, based on data from the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Which states have lost the most money due to cybercrime in recent years?

Top 5 States with Most Losses (Per Person) Due to Cybercrime

The top three states on the list, Alabama, New York and Massachusetts, showed a combined loss of more than $1.25 billion. In general, U.S. victims of online scams lose an average of $18.3K per victim. Nearly half a million Americans reported cybercrime in the past year, the research showed.

StateLossesNo. of VictimsLoss Per Victim
Alabama$247,930,0584,893$50,670.36
New York$777,099,35825,112$30,945.34
Massachusetts$226,202,5047,805$28,981.74
South Dakota$48,072,7301,691$28,428.58
California$2,012,806,86680,766$24,921.46

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