Report: Internet Crime Still on the Rise

March 17, 2011

This week, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), released its 2010 Annual Report about fraudulent activity on the Internet. The report found that online crime complaints increased substantially last year with 303,809 complaints of Internet crime, the second-highest total in IC3’s 10-year history. “The figures contained in this report indicate that criminals are continuing to take full advantage of the anonymity afforded them by the Internet,” said NW3C Director Donald Brackman. “They are also developing increasingly sophisticated means of defrauding unsuspecting consumers. Internet crime is evolving in ways we couldn’t have imagined just five years ago.” Advanced fee scams that fraudulently used the FBI’s name were the most popular form of fraud (16.6 percent) followed by non-delivery of merchandise and/or payment (11.9 percent).