Unfortunately, online fraud is an extremely common crime with ever-increasing rates:
- According to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), between 2008 and 2009, complaints of online fraud rose by 20%, from 275,000 to 335,000.
- According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in 2009, 60% of fraud complainants reported that the internet was used to initiate the fraud.
- In 2009, 560 million dollars in losses to fraud-related internet crimes were reported to the Internet Crime Complaint Center.
 This statistic does not include identity theft reports.