The Internet Crime Complaint Center, or IC3, released a snapshot of Internet-facilitated crime in its annual report.
IC3 Annual Report Released05/16/2013
Mollie Halpern: The Internet Crime Complaint Center, or IC3, releases a snapshot of Internet-facilitated crime in its annual report.
Herbert J. Stapleton: It lets the public know that the FBI is concerned with this type of activity and is making efforts to address it. But it also serves as a warning of the types of things to be on the lookout for.
Halpern: I’m Mollie Halpern, and this is FBI, This Week. The IC3 is a joint operation between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center. Nearly 290,000 complaints with a reported $525 million in financial losses were filed in 2012. Special Agent Herbert Stapleton says the most frequent online crimes involve auctions, scareware, and FBI impersonation scams. His advice…
Stapleton: Adhering to the old adage of, “If it looks too good to be true, then it probably is.”
Halpern: Many crimes committed using the Internet do go unreported.
Stapleton: We really want to urge everyone in the public to report this type of crime here at the Internet Crime Complaint Center.
Halpern: To file an Internet crime complaint, visit www.ic3.gov.