2021 Internet Crime Report

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released its annual report for 2021. Their 2021 Internet Crime Report outlines information related to the 847,376 complaints of suspected cybercrime, with reported losses at $6.9 billion, that they received throughout the year.

According to IC3 data, phishing scams, non-payment/non-delivery scams, and personal data breach were the top 3 reported crimes in 2021, and victims lost the most money to business email compromise scams, investment fraud, and romance and confidence schemes. People in the 60+ age group were hit the hardest, as well those residing in California. A more in-depth look at data regarding cybercrime in individual states can be found in the IC3’s accompanying 2021 State Reports.

Along with the cybercrime statistics, the report offers guidance for protection and prevention of future crimes. It also presents case studies to highlight the FBI’s recent work to fight internet crime.

To view IC3’s other annual reports and public service announcements or report an online crime yourself, visit ic3.gov.

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