engine - 3:42 pm on Mar 16, 2010 (gmt 0)
Report: U.S. Online Crime Almost Doubled In 2009 [news.bbc.co.uk]
US losses to online crime almost doubled during 2009, reveals a report.
Losses totalled $560m (£371m) in 2009, up from $265m (£176m) in 2008, showed the annual report by the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).
Complaints about online fraud grew 22% during 2009 and the IC3 received more than 336,655 reports of high-tech crime incidents from victims.
The most popular scams involved requests for advanced fees and non-delivery of merchandise.