Internet crime cost Alaskans over $13 Million in losses in 2021

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The FBI has released its Internet crime report for 2021.

    It reveals over 847,000 complaints nationwide, a 7 percent increase over 2020, and reported losses of $6.9 Million.

    Chloe Martin, a public affairs officer at the Anchorage FBI office, said there were more than 17-hundred victims of Internet crime in Alaska last year amounting to more than $13 Million in losses.  She said Alaska seniors were disproportionately affected.

    The most prevalent scams in Alaska were government impersonation scams, extortion, and phishing, vishing, smishing, pharming scams.   However, Martin said victims lost the most money to investment scams and fraud, business email compromise and email account compromise schemes, and romance scams.  

    Martin says the FBI encourages citizens to immediately report suspected criminal Internet activity to the IC3 at  IC3 stands for the Internet Crime Complaint Center.  

    By reporting Internet crime, Martin said victims are not only alerting law enforcement to the activity, but also aiding in the overall fight against cybercrime.  She said the FBI analyzes and shares information from submitted complaints for investigative and intelligence purposes for law enforcement, and for public awareness.



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