The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)Â received its two-millionth complaint in 2010 -Â 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 FBIÂ and identity theft.
Â Victims of these crimes reported losing hundreds of millions of dollars.Â 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 onlyÂ 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.Â
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) isÂ 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.