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Cyberfraud losses doubled in 2009

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 13 Mar 2010 16:46 User comments (6)

Cyberfraud losses doubled in 2009 According to the latest data released by the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), cyberfraud losses doubled in 2009, with victims reporting $560 million in losses for the year.
The biggest scam was one using emails claiming to come from FBI Deputy Director John Pistole. Victims were asked to pay small fees in order to receive a larger amount of money in return, money that obviously never comes.

Of the 336,665 complaints received by the IC3, over 55,000 were FBI-themed scams. Total complaints were up 22 percent from 2008, and losses were up 111 percent.

Among other popular scams were fake antivirus software, non-delivery of merchandise or payments via online marketplaces and identity theft.

PCWorld reports the strangest scam as being one where the victim received an email from a hitman claiming he had been hired to assassinate them. The assassin offered to cancel the job, if the victim sent them $800 within three days.

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6 user comments

113.3.2010 17:06

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PCWorld reports that the strangest scam as being one where the victim received an email from a hitman claiming he had been hired to assassinate them. The assassin offered to cancel the job, if the victim sent them $800 within three days.
LMAO!!!
i seriously cracked up on this one!
im reluctant to even think about 800$ life insurance so paying an annonymus person who may or may not kill me?
id rather donate that money to womens rights..ok i went a bit overboard he can have it lol

213.3.2010 17:11

it's the dumbass people that send the money that are stupid. they deserve to get ripped off, if they do something like that.

313.3.2010 17:56

LOL,send me $800 or die, that is awesome, just made my day!
Until this one, I still had some faith in the human intellect, but is all an illusion!

413.3.2010 23:06
llongtheD
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The hitman thing cracked me up, but like they say, a fool and their money were lucky enough to get together in the first place.
I wonder how many people actually sent the $800.
Regardless of that, I take anything PCWorld has to say with a grain of salt

514.3.2010 1:08

Honestly who gives 2 $hits what the FBI thinks.

614.3.2010 17:05

This report is soooo embarrassing.

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