IC3 Reports 25,000 Scam Complaints per Month in 2010

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received its two-millionth complaint in 2010 - IC3 receives and processes 25,000 complaints per month and 2010 was it’s second highest year (slightly down from 2009) for scam reports. The Annual IC3 Report for 2010 has just been released and makes fascinating reading.

The most common victim complaints in 2010 were non-delivery of payment/merchandise, scams impersonating the FBI  and identity theft.

 Victims of these crimes reported losing hundreds of millions of dollars. Historically, Auction Fraud has been the leading complaint reported by victims, with a high of 71.2 percent of all referrals in 2004. However, in 2010, Auction Fraud accounts for only 10 percent of referrals. This demonstrates the growing diversification of crimes related to the Internet. The steady decline in the total number of complaints and referrals of auction fraud over the last several years has altered the top complaint. 

1.  Non-delivery Payment/Merchandise         21.6%
2.  Identity Theft                           16.6%
3.  Auction Fraud                            10.1%
4.  Credit Card Fraud                         9.3%
5.  Miscellaneous Fraud                       7.7%
6.  Computer Crimes                           6.1%
7.  Advance Fee Fraud                         4.1%
8.  Spam                                      4.0%
9.  Overpayment Fraud                         3.6%
10. FBI-Related Scams                         3.4%

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a vital resource for victims of online crime. It serves as a conduit for law enforcement to
share information and pursue cases that often span jurisdictional boundaries. IC3 was founded in 2000 as a joint effort between the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C)/Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

In 2009, NW3C developed the state-of-the-art Internet Complaint Search and Investigation System (ICSIS), which fosters seamless collaboration among law enforcement from multiple jurisdictions. Expert IC3 analysts also provide key analytical and case support.

4 thoughts on “IC3 Reports 25,000 Scam Complaints per Month in 2010

  1. I received two emails saying the same. I know it is a scam.
    I am reporting this. and want to know what I shoujld do if I hear from them again in the 3 days the emailo mentions?

    Deferred inspections unit
    American airlines – terminal nine
    1st floor arrivals area – room 11-161
    JFK international airport
    We, office of the International Police Authority (IPA) hereby write to inform you that we stopped a courier personal by the name Mrs. Mary Bradshaw here at (John Kennedy International Airport) New York with a consignment box filled with cash valued at US$10,500,000:00 (Ten Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars). In the course of our interview and investigation on the courier personal she said that the consignment box belongs to you and that she was sent by a Chris Benton to come deliver the consignment box to you not knowing that the content of the box is money.
    Now, this courier lady is under detention and custody of the office of (IPA) security in JFK airport N.Y, and we cannot release her until we carry out our proper investigation on how this huge amount of money managed to be yours. So, in this regards you are to reassure and prove to us that the money you are about to receive is legal by sending us the Ownership Clearance Certificate showing that the money is not illegal. Note, that the Ownership Clearance Certificate must to be secured from the office of the Nigerian Senate President, because that is the only office that will issue you the original Ownership Clearance Certificate of this funds, this is because the fund originated from Nigeria.
    You are advised to forward immediately the Ownership Clearance Certificate if you have it with you, but if you do not have it, we urge you to contact back the sender of Mary Bradshaw to help you secure the Award Ownership Certificate if at all you do not have it. Below is the contact information of the person that sent Mrs. Mary Cole as provided by her;

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