US net crime loss complaints almost doubled in value from $265m in 2008 to
reach $560m last year, according to official figures.

An annual report of the FBI-backed Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3),
published on Friday, reports that the unit handled 336,655 complaints in 2009, a
22.3 percent increase on 2008.

Around 16 per cent of the complaints involved scams where crooks pretend to
represent the FBI, while 11.9 per cent involved the non-delivery of merchandise
or payment, the second most commonly reported allegation of wrongdoing.

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