IC3: 2017 Cyber Crimes and Trends

On May 7, 2018 the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) released a report on internet crime and scams during 2017. The report, titled, “2017 Internet Crime Report” covers the types, frequency, and trends in internet crimes and includes a wealth of data based on the complaints of internet crimes filed with the IC3 throughout 2017. The included 2017 data was compiled from 301,580 filed complaints and a reported monetary loss of over $1.4 billion.

According to the IC3 report, “This past year, the most prevalent crime types reported by victims were Non-Payment/Non-Delivery, Personal Data Breach, and Phishing. The top three crime types with the highest reported loss were BEC [Business Email Compromise], Confidence/Romance fraud, and Non-Payment/Non-Delivery.” The report goes on to break down crime by country, state, age group, and monetary losses.

The IC3 balances out focus and analysis on crime by including success stories, covering the uncovering of an international investment scam based out of the FBI Houston office and the resolution of a harassment and extortion case based out of the FBI LA office. In addition to providing statistics regarding 2017 trends and crimes, the report also provides background on the IC3, information on how the IC3 processes and analyzes complaints, and initiatives to improve the cybersecurity and investigative capabilities of local and state law enforcement.

The FBI published a press release announcing the report. The press release also included links to the IC3, a public service announcement, and a more detailed summary of the report that includes visuals.

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