WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Scams in which criminals impersonate FBI agents were one of the most common types of Internet crime complaints last year.
The Internet Crime Complaint Center says it has handled over 300,000 complaints in each of the past three years. The 314,246 complaints in 2011 marked a 3.4 percent increase over 2010, when complaints totaled 303,809. The amount of money lost by the victims last year: $485.3 million.
Falsely representing themselves to be FBI agents, online criminals often send e-mails to thousands of prospective victims notifying them of impending windfalls. The e-mails direct the victim to call someone else in another government agency and at that point, the victim is charged various fees to claim the windfall, which turns out to be non-existent.
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