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Friday, June 23, 2017

FBI Publishes 2016 Internet Crime Report


The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) recently published its 2016 Internet Crime Report. Here are a few interesting facts from the document:
  •  In 2016, the IC3 received 298,728 complaints of internet crimes, with reported losses of over $1.3 billion.
  • Non-payment/non-delivery was the most widely reported category of crime, with 81,029 victims. In this type of crime, a person either fails to pay for goods received (non-payment) or takes payment for goods that are never delivered (non-delivery). 
  •  Texas was ranked second in the number of victims per state (21,441) and fourth in the amount of losses per state ($77,135,765). California was first in both categories. 
The report features sections on “hot topics” in internet crime, including business email compromises, ransomware, tech support fraud, and extortion. It also contains an appendix defining the various types of internet crime. 
     The IC3 was established in May 2000 to receive complaints of internet crime. While many of these complaints are investigated by the FBI, the IC3 also makes remote searching of its database available to all sworn law-enforcement officials. To learn more about the IC3, see the About IC3 page on its website. 

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