2014 Internet Crime Report   [open pdf - 3MB]

"2014 was a productive year for the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). On May 10, 2014 at 9:20 AM, the IC3 received its three millionth complaint online! In 2014, the IC3 received 269,422 complaints with an adjusted dollar loss of $800,492,0731 . On average, approximately 22,000 complaints were received each month. Internet crime has become a global issue with the sophistication of online criminal techniques and overlapping jurisdictional boundaries. The IC3 remains dedicated to meet the needs of law enforcement worldwide. The 2014 Internet Crime Report highlights the IC3's efforts to prevent and reduce the prevalence and impact of Internet crimes, and reveals at least two budding Internet crime trends. First, the increased use of social media has provided a quintessential goldmine of personal data for perpetrators. More victims are submitting complaints documenting how social media was utilized to perpetrate frauds, or indicating the perpetrator initiated a relationship through social engineering. Second, the emerging popularity of virtual currency has attracted perpetrators, who are capitalizing on the vulnerabilities of the digital currency systems. Due to the evolving nature of Internet crime and criminals achieving new levels of sophistication, the IC3 has developed a more streamlined approach to reviewing, categorizing and analyzing complaints, which allows for new trends to be recognized more quickly."

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