Netcrime Pays - Official FBI

Netcrime pays, according to an FBI report - which didn't include columnists in its statistics.

According to The Register, "Cyber-crime is alive and kicking in the USA, and playfully swimming through its riches like Scrooge McDuck in a money vault, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center annual report reveals."

In 2006 US consumers filed 207,492 complaints about internet crime and reported record losses of $198.4m. Online auction fraud, such as receiving a different item than expected, topped the list, accounting for 44.9 per cent of complaints. Undelivered merchandise and payments were next in line, accounting for 19 per cent.