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FBI Showing Huge Increase In CyberCrimes

Some startling statistics have been released from the FBI showing that cyberattacks and malicious cyber activity have seen an unprecedented increase over the last year.  The Internet Crime Complaint Center or IC3 received a total of 847,376 complaints with a 7% increase from the previous year, with potential losses exceeding $6.9 billion.  The largest age group of those affected by internet crime are citizens aged 60 and older.


Ransomware, business e-mail compromise, and cryptocurrency are among the top incidents reported with email compromise schemes resulting in 19,954 complaints with an adjusted loss of nearly $2.4 billion. Illinois was 5th highest for the number of victims at 17,999 and 7th highest for victim dollar loss at $184.9 million. 


The IC3 was established by the FBI in 2020 to receive complaints of internet crime.  It has received more than 6.5 million complaints with an average of about 552,000 per year over the last 5 years. The FBI recommends reviewing consumer and industry alerts by visiting https://www.ic3.gov/Home/ConsumerAlertsChoice


If you are the victim of an internet crime, you can submit a complaint to www.ic3.gov. The FBI encourages you to stay vigilant when dealing with online transactions. 

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