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Internet crime complaints jumped in 2009 and cost consumers $559.7 million: FBI

Since March 12, I received in my spam folder a dozen fraudulent email messages.

Among them, I found that I have won a European Lottery, an estate wants to give me $2.5 million dollars, and I can get "special deals" on Percocet and Vicodin.

Life is good. Because I didn't respond to a single one of them.

Mrs. Luci John addressed me as "My Dear" and alluded to her generosity in ... I don't know what because that's all I read. And Robin Miller wants me to look at her picture. (I didn't.)

Here's some other examples:

  • DR.BRAWN CONTACT HIM IMMEDIATELY‎ - Dear Friend, Longest time, I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds …
  • MR. LAMIDO SANUSI (2) FROM: MR. LAMIDO SANUSI EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR CBN!!!‎ - FROM: MR. LAMIDO SANUSI EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR CBN ATTENTION:SIR/MADAM, THIS IS TO NOTIFY YOU THAT
  • Is me Rev. Peter C. George CALL ME‎ - Attn: Beneficiary, In accordance with the progressive seven point agenda of President Umar Musa …
  • Rocket Financier EUROMILLONES INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY.‎ - EUROMILLONES INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY. CALLE MAYOR, 23 MADRID 28007 SPAIN. TEL/FAX: 0034911817337 …
  • Mrs Luci John My Dear.‎ - My Dear, I don't know how my generosity offer may sound to you, especially as it comes from a …

The FBI in a recent report says online crime complaints jumped 22.3 percent last year over 2008 with a dollar loss of $559.7 million. In 2008, there were 275,284 complaints with a loss of $265 million.

Since 2005, the dollar loss has steadily increased according to IC3, the bureau's Internet Crime Complaint Center.

Advance fee scams that used the FBI's name ranked number one, at 16.6 percent. Non-delivery of merchandise came in second at 11.9 percent.

The figures, said National White Collar Crime Center Director Donald Brackman "indicate that criminals are continuing to take full advantage of the anonymity afforded them by the Internet."

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