Thursday, March 22, 2007

Auction Fraud at Top of FBI's 2006 Crime Report

The FBI / National White Collar Crime Center has released it 2006 Internet Crime Report. According to their report, the most reported internet crime offense by far was auction fraud, which comprised 44.9% of referred complaints. Of that number, non delvered merchandise and/or payment comprised 19% of the complaints, while check fraud accounted for another 4.9%

In an interesting aside, the Nigerian letter scams accounted for the highest median losses among individuals ($5,100). Amazingly enough, it appears people are still falling for it.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center also reports that recent high activity scams included hit man scams, phishing attempts associated with spoofed sites, and counterfeit checking scams. Complete report is here. (PDF file)

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