IC3 Received 289,874 Cyber Crime Complaints in 2012

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The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) recently released its 2012 Internet Crime Report [PDF file], which states that the IC3 received and processed 289,874 cyber crime complaints in 2012, an average of more than 24,000 complaints each month (h/t Dark Reading).

The report also states that 114,908 of those complaints reports a financial loss, with a total loss reported of $525,441,110, an 8.3 percent increase in reported losses over the previous year. The average dollar loss for those reporting a loss was $4,573, and the average loss overall per complaint was $1,813.

The most common complaints received in 2012, according to the report, were related to FBI impersation e-mail scams, various intimidation crimes, and scams that leveraged scareware to extort money.

"Criminals are increasingly migrating their fraudulent activities from the physical world to the Internet," Richard A. McFeely, executive assistant director of the FBI's Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch, said in a statement. "Computer users who suspect or become victims of online fraud schemes -- including suspicious e-mails, fraudulent Web sites and Internet crimes -- should report them to the IC3. The IC3 analyzes and makes connections among these reports and packages them for potential action by law enforcement."