The FBI reported 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. It took nearly seven years for the IC3 to log its first million complaints, but only 14 months to add the most recent million.
According to the 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.