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Net Crime Continues To Climb

Internet crime has become increasingly pervasive and 2010 had the second-highest number of complaints of any year in the past decade, according to a new government report released Thursday.

Last year the Justice Department's Internet Crime Complaint Center, known as IC3, received 303,809 reports of Internet Crime. On Thursday the center released its 2010 Internet Crime Report, outlining the extent of online criminal activity.

"Internet crime has affected millions across the country, and the great thing about IC3 is that we have adapted our resources to meet this threat," said Don Brackman, director of the National White Collar Crime Center, which oversees IC3 in partnership with the FBI. "We have implemented new tools to help law enforcement bring online criminals to justice."

The most common complaint was non-delivery of payment or merchandise, while scams using the FBI's name and identity theft also accounted for many of the complaints. Americans reported an average of 25,317 crimes a month, with almost half of those complaints referred to law enforcement for further investigation, according to the report.

The full report is available online, with data on various crimes, victims and perpetrators, as well as state-specific data.

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