$6.9 Billion Lost to Internet Crime Last Year, FBI Says

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, $6.9 billion will be lost to cybercrime by 2021 in a new report

The 2021 Internet Crime Report includes information from 847,376 complaints of suspected Internet crime — a 7% increase from 2020 — and reported losses of more than $6.9 billion.

The FBI said in 2021 that America has experienced an unprecedented increase in cyberattacks and malicious cyberactivity.

Florida reported the eighth most victims of these crimes, with 17,262 victims. California had by far the most with 67,095 people who were victims of cybercrime.

The vast majority of crimes in this category in the United States were what the FBI categorized as phishing/vishing/smishing/pharming. This is defined as the use of unsolicited email, text messages and phone calls purportedly from a legitimate company asking for personal, financial and/or login information

With the publication of the 2021 Internet Crime Report, the FBI would like to remind the public to immediately report suspected criminal Internet activity to the IC3 at ic3.gov. By reporting cybercrime, victims not only warn law enforcement officers about the activity, but also aid in the overall fight against cybercrime.

To read the FBI’s full report, click here

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