Internet Crime Complaint Center Releases 2021 Statistics

Springfield, IL-(Radio Effingham)- In the recently released Internet Crime Report 2021 produced by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, (IC3), America has seen an unprecedented increase in cyberattacks and malicious cyber activity. These cyberattacks have compromised businesses across a wide range of industries as well as the American public. IC3 received a total of 847,376 reported complaints, an increase of 7% over the previous year, with potential losses exceeding $6.9 billion. The largest age group affected by Internet crime, both in terms of number of victims and dollar losses, was citizens aged 60 and over.

Among the 2021 complaints received, ransomware, business email compromise (BEC) schemes and criminal use of cryptocurrency are among the top incidents reported. In 2021, BEC programs resulted in 19,954 complaints with an adjusted loss of nearly $2.4 billion. BEC is a sophisticated scam targeting both companies and individuals performing remittances. The scam is frequently carried out when a subject compromises legitimate business email accounts through social engineering or computer intrusion techniques to perform unauthorized fund transfers.

In the statewide ranking, Illinois was 5th in number of victims at 17,999 and 7th in victim dollar loss at $184.9 million. The top three Internet Crimes by Loss of Dollars in Illinois were:

  • CLB – $86,247,797
  • Investment fraud – $21,231,514
  • Personal Data Breach – $19,759,036

“Targeting cybercrime is one of the FBI’s highest priorities, and our unique partnerships have become an increasingly critical component in combating this threat,” said the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Springfield Field Office, David Nantz. “While our private sector partners share the benefits of their insights, knowledge, and experience, the FBI shares indicators, tactics, and threat intelligence. This combined intelligence makes us all stronger and provides a better security posture before an incident occurs.

The IC3 was created by the FBI in May 2000 to receive complaints of Internet crimes and has received over 6.5 million complaints since its inception, an average of 552,000 complaints per year over the past five years. Its mission is to provide the public with a reliable and convenient reporting mechanism to submit information to the FBI regarding suspected cybercrime criminal activity, and to develop effective alliances with law enforcement and industry partners to help those who report.

The FBI recommends that the public consult frequently consumer and industry alerts published by IC3. If you are the victim of an Internet crime, file a complaint with IC3. You can also file a complaint on behalf of another person. More details about the 2021 Internet Crime Report can be found online.