May 15, 2013 – Better Business Bureau is alerting consumers to the recent upswing in cybercrime dollar losses. The Internet Crime Complaint Center has released its annual report this week and statistics show that cybercrimes bilked consumers for more than $525 million in 2012—an 8.3 percent increase from 2011.
- Alaskan losses increased to more than $1.6 million—compared to $1.2 million lost in 2011.
- Oregonian losses increased to more than $6.1 million—compared to $3.6 million lost in 2011.
- Washingtonian losses increased to more than $11.5 million—compared to $9.5 million lost in 2011—moving Washington State into the top ten for total number of complaints and total amount of dollars lost.
BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington reminds Internet users to surf safely; stay aware of the latest cybercrime warnings at bbb.org.