FBI site hits 2 million online criminal complaints

FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center logs 2 millionth complaints

Not too sure this is something to be proud of, but the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) today said it logged its 2 millionth consumer complaint. 

Specifically the 2 millionth complaint arrived on November 9th, 2010 at 8:11 PM.  The IC3 received its one millionth complaint, on June 11, 2007. The 2 millionth complaint required half that time, the IC3 stated.

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 The IC3 said it has referred 757,016 criminal complaints to all levels of law enforcement around the globe since 2000.   The majority of referrals involved fraud in which the complainant incurred a financial loss. The total dollar loss from these referrals so far is approximately $1.7 billion, with a median dollar loss of more than $500 per complaint. The idea behind the IC3 is to give cyber crime victims a reporting mechanism that alerts authorities of suspected criminal or civil violations.

The FBI/IC3's annual wide-ranging look at Internet crime found that online crime is indeed paying off - for the criminals as it cost users $559.7 million, up from $265 million in 2008. The IC3 Web site received a total of 336,655 complaints about online problems in 2009, a 22.3% increase over 2008.

Complaints range from fraud and non-fraud categories, including auction fraud, non-delivery of merchandise, credit card fraud, computer intrusions, spam/unsolicited email, and child pornography. The top five categories of complaints include non-delivered merchandise and/or payment; identity theft; credit card fraud, auction fraud, and computer fraud.

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