The FBI says that complaints concerning online scams and investment fraud have now reached a record-breaking level.
The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received its six millionth complaint on May 15, 2021. While it took close to seven years for the IC3 to register its first one million reports, it took only 14 months to add the latest million to file.
According to the US agency, annual complaint volumes increased by close to 70% between 2019 and 2020. The most common crimes reported were phishing scams, schemes relating to non-payment or non-delivery, and extortion attempts.
The coronavirus pandemic paved the way for new kinds of scams over 2020, many of which centered around fake vaccination appointment requests, online delivery notifications — a popular phishing method made even more so due to stay-at-home orders — and spam sent under the names of agencies such as the World…