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    Have you been a victim of Internet Crime? If so, you can get help.

   The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)* accepts online Internet crime complaints from either the Internet crime victim who believes they were defrauded or from a third party to the complainant. If you have been victimized, your can file a complaint at their website.

                http://www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx

   In their recent Press Release (03/31/09) The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) announced their "IC3 2008 Annual Report on Internet Crime"

   The Report states that complaints of online crime hit a record high in 2008. IC3 received a total of 275,284 complaints, a 33.1% increase over the previous year.

   The total dollar loss linked to online fraud was $265 million, about $25 million more than in 2007.
    

 
Year    Complaints Received      Dollar Loss
2008    275,284                     $265.00 million
2007    206,884                     $239.09 million
2006    207,492                    $198.44 million
2005    231,493                    $183.12 million
2004    207,449                      $68.14 million

   The average individual loss amounted to $931.  

   While the complaints consisted of a variety of fraud types, non-delivery of merchandise
and/or payment ranked number one (32.9%). Internet auction fraud was the second
most reported offense (25.5%) followed by credit/debit card fraud (9.0%).

   FBI Cyber Division Assistant Director Shawn Henry said, “"This report illustrates that
sophisticated computer fraud schemes continue to flourish as financial data migrates to
the Internet. It also underscores the need for continued vigilance on the part of law
enforcement, businesses, and the home computer user
to be aware of these schemes
and employ sound security procedures."”

   The report is posted in its entirety on the IC3 website.

                      http://www.ic3.gov/media/annualreports.aspx

   It's important to know that you can obtain help and guidance if you, or any of your friends and family are victimized by Internet crooks. Consider bookmarking the IC3 website.
                                                       
                                                                          .. Richard Rossbauer
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(*)The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), is a partnership between the FBI and the
National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C)

            

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