According to a report issued by the FBI in April (View report in full HERE), internet crimes decreased slightly in 2007 but still resulted in millions more dollars being lost to fraud.
Internet crime complaints are primarily submitted to IC3 online at www.ic3.gov, although people without Internet access can submit information via telephone (or, presumbly, snail-mail!). After a complaint is filed with IC3, the information is reviewed, categorized, and referred to the appropriate law enforcement or regulatory agency.
From January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007, there were 206,884 complaints filed online with IC3. This is a 0.3% decrease compared to 2006 when 207,492 complaints were received
Electronic mail (e-mail) (73.6%) and web pages (32.7%) were the two primary mechanisms by which the fraudulent contact took place.
Recent high activity scams commonly reported to the IC3 in 2007 were those involving pets, checks, spam, and online dating sites, all of which have proven effective as criminal devices in the hands of fraudsters.
Internet auction fraud and the nondelivery of goods purchased on the Internet accounted for almost 60 percent of the complaints that were received by the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center.
Interesting, albeit depressing reading – shows that the public are becoming more aware of internet fraud, but that there are still plenty of suckers out there, still waiting for the box of gold from mrs Abacha!