FBI Report: Deconstructing the Wide Scope of Internet Crime (Dark Reading)


The FBI recently released its annual data dump from the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), which offers up the consolidated information gleaned from a year’s worth of criminal complaints made to the agency from within the U.S. and worldwide. The 2015 Internet Crime Report data offers some insight into the types of complaints made to law enforcement and at least a glimpse into the scope of Internet crime affecting citizens and businesses.

Over the last five years, the IC3 has received an average of close to 300,000 complaints per year. These include a wide range of Internet scams hitting victims worldwide. By The Justice Department’s best figures, only about 15% of fraud victims report their crimes to law enforcement.