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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut consumers reported losses of more than $3 million last year to an agency that tracks Internet scams.

A report from the national Internet Crime Complaint Center says cases of non-delivery and identity theft accounted for nearly 40 percent of its 2,551 complaints from Connecticut last year. It says the median loss for the complaints was just over $500.

Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner William Rubenstein said Tuesday that anyone who uses a computer is at risk for scams and fraud. He urged anyone who comes across an Internet scam to notify his office as well as the national complaint center.

The other top Connecticut-reported crimes included scams impersonating the FBI, hacking, advance fee fraud, and credit card fraud.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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