In 2007 the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), which acts
in partnership with the National White Collar Crime Center and
the FBI, received more than 206,000 complaints on its website
and referred about 90,000 to law enforcement agencies for
further consideration. The total loss from all of these cases
was about $239 million. You may be at risk if you answer
“yes” to any of the following questions:
Do you visit websites by clicking on links within an e-mail?
Do you reply to e-mails from persons or businesses you are
not familiar with?
Have you received packages to hold or ship to someone you
met on the Internet?
Have you been asked to cash checks and wire funds to someone
you met on the Internet?
Would you cash checks or money orders received through an
Internet transaction without first confirming their
Would you provide your personal banking information in
response to an e-mail notification?
For more information on Internet fraud visit
If you become a victim of Internet fraud or receive any
suspicious e-mails you should file a complaint with the IC3 at
Its website also includes tips to assist you avoiding a
variety of Internet frauds. Some of these are presented
Delete any suspicious e-mail without replying, especially the
Business opportunities to make money with little effort or
Offers to sell lists of e-mail addresses or software
Chain letters involving money
Health and diet claims of scientific breakthroughs,
miraculous cures, etc.
Get-rich-quick schemes, i.e. Lottery Wins from overseas
Free goods offered to fee-paying group members
Investments promising high rates of return with no risk
Kits to unscramble cable TV signals
Guaranteed loans or credit on easy terms
Credit repair schemes
Vacation prize promotions
Special offers that require a credit check and a small fee
for verification expenses to be paid by a credit card