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Did you know that the FBI has an Internet Crime Complaint Center called IC3.gov?  And did you know that IC3 has a Recovery Asset Team called RAT that, in 2021 alone, used its Financial FraudFraud In law, fraud is intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain (money or other assets), or to deprive a victim of a legal right. Fraud can violate civil law (e.g., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud or recover monetary compensation) or criminal law (e.g., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities), or it may cause no loss of money, property, or legal right but still be an element of another civil or criminal wrong. The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, for example by obtaining a passport, travel document, or driver's license, or mortgage fraud, where the perpetrator may attempt to qualify for a mortgage by way of false statements. A fraud can also be a hoax, which is a distinct concept that involves deliberate deception without the intention of gain or of materially damaging or depriving a victim. Kill Chain (FFKC) to successfully place money holds on approximately $329 million out of $443 million in potential losses from business email compromises and other types of online fraud, a 74% success rate?

Here’s How It Works

  1. A victim of cyber-crime fills out an online form at www.ic3.gov.
  2. The complaint is automatically triaged through the FBI’s Internet Crime Database.
  3. An IC3 analyst then reviews the complaint and, if certain criteria are met, transaction details are forwarded to the bank to notify of fraudulent activity and request freezing of the account.
  4. Once the bank responds, IC3 contacts the appropriate FBI field office(s) for further investigation.

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In 2021, IC3 received 847,376 complaints, a 7% increase over 2020, with reported potential losses of over $6.9 billion.  There is every reason to believe these numbers will continue to rise in 2022.

Ransomware Is A Main Focus Of The FBI’s IC3.

In June of 2021, IC3 began tracking ransomware targeting critical infrastructure sectors such as communications, defense, emergency services, energy, food and agriculture, healthcare and public health, nuclear, transportation, and water.  A successful ransomware attack on just one of these critical infrastructure sectors could wreak havoc on everyday life and cause immeasurable damage and suffering.  Given Vladimir Putin’s ongoing war against Ukraine and the resulting increased threat of cyberattacks against the United States by Russia, and given that a crucial tip could come from anyone at any time, IC3 is an important weapon in the U.S. Government’s arsenal.

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Statistics included in this post may be found here: https://www.ic3.gov/Media/PDF/AnnualReport/2021_IC3Report.pdf

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