The following report was posted on the website sponsored by the Internet
Fraud Complaint Center. All internet consumers should pay REAL
CLOSE attention to these reports.
The IFCC referred 48,252 fraud complaints to federal, state and/or
local law enforcement authorities last year, according to the Internet
Fraud Report released on Wednesday. The IFCC (Internet Fraud Complaint
Center) said this is triple the number of referrals (16,775) in 2001.
The report also states that the total dollar loss from all referred
fraud cases was $54 million, up from $17 million in 2001.
Internet auction fraud was the most reported offense, comprising
46% of referred complaints. Non-delivery of merchandise and non-payment
accounted for 31% of complaints, and credit/debit card fraud made
up nearly 12% of complaints.
Among victims who reported a dollar loss, the highest median dollar
losses were found among Nigerian letter fraud ($3,864), identity theft
($2,000), and check fraud ($1,100) complainants.
The 2002 annual report offers a recap of Internet crime hot spots
by state, statistical information, and victim demographic data gleaned
through complaints IFCC has received and referred through its online
Web portal from January 1, 2002 through December 31, 2002. In 2002,
complaints filed with IFCC totaled 75,063.
"The IFCC helps victims by putting fraud information
into the hands of law enforcement and then fosters inter-agency cooperation
so these complaints are responded to quickly," said Assistant
Director Jana Monroe of the FBI's Cyber Division.
California, New York, Florida, Texas, and Illinois were the top five
states for victims of Internet crime. In cases where the perpetrator
has been identified, nearly four in five were male and over half resided
in the states of California, New York, Florida, Texas, Illinois, and
Only one in four complainants contacted a law enforcement agency
about their victimization prior to filing a complaint with IFCC. Operational
since May 2000, IFCC is co-managed by NW3C and the FBI. IFCC is an
online resource to file Internet fraud complaints that will be referred
to law enforcement authorities that have the ability to initiate a
case on the consumer's behalf.
There have been a growing number of complaints regarding
online auctions. Check out our "Online
Auction" Reports to keep up on the latest reports. If you
locate a report you think would be of interest to other collectors,
please email us.