From January to December of 2008, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) website received 275,284 complaint submissions. This is a 33% increase compared to 2007. These complaints were composed of many different fraud types such as auction fraud, non-delivery, and credit/debit card fraud as well as non-fraudulent complaints such as computer intrusions, spam/unsolicited e-mail, and child pornography.
The total dollar loss was $264.6 million with the median dollar loss of $931.00 per complaint. This is up from $239.1 million in total reported losses in 2007. E-mail (74.0%) and web pages (28.9%) were the two primary mechanisms by which the fraudulent contact took place.
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