Breach

FBI fielded roughly $2.7 billion worth of Internet crime complaints in 2018

April 24, 2019
  • Payroll diversion scams, in which cybercriminals use phishing emails to capture employees' login credentials in order to access their payroll accounts and redirect their direct deposit payments to an attacker-controlled account. The IC3 received about 100 such complaints, which were responsible for about $100 million of losses.
  • Extortion. The report noted a 242 percent increase in extortion-related complaints since 2017, with adjusted losses of over $83 million.
  • Tech support fraud. The FBI tracked a 161 percent year-over-year increase in losses resulting from such crimes. Altogether, victims from 48 countries lodged 14,408 complaints, with losses amounting to nearly $39 million.
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