When the Internet hit the mainstream and everyone jumped into email, personal websites and online banking, it became inevitable that the criminals and organised crime gangs would not be far behind, with their devious plots, schemes, scams, hustles and heists. There’s always enough gullible people that will fall for the craziest stories which makes it easy for the gangs to make a profit.
Plus the speed at which technology is developing makes it easy for the criminals to escape detection and harder for law enforcement to catch them. MakeUseOf itself was the victim of an extortionist back in 2008 who hijacked our domain and demanded money if we wanted the domain back. To date, that extortionist has never been caught but I still get my revenge by sticking pins in the voodoo doll every night.
The infographic today (courtesy of www.backgroundcheck.org) is about the types of complaints received in 2010 by the Internet Crime Complaint Center. It seems that non-delivery of payment and / or merchandise is the number one complaint, which underscores the continuing difficulties of buying and selling online. It may be convenient to buy online but can you trust the merchant and will you get what you paid for? Or if you sell something, will you get your money?
Let us know in the comments what you think of the infographic. Have you been the victim of an Internet crime? If so, tell us about it in the comments. Was it ever resolved?