India ranks fifth among countries reporting the maximum number of cyber crimes, the latest report released by Internet Crime Complaint Centre of the United States has said.
The US report analysing internet crime in 2008 compiled by experts from FBI, Internet Crime Complaint Centre (IC3) and other agencies shows the number of complaints from victims shot up by almost a third since 2007 with the total touching 275,284 cases in which about USD 265 million were lost globally.
The United States led the tally of victims' complaints, while India remained at fifth by reporting 0.36 per cent of the global complaints received at IC3 which was about 1,000 complaints, the data said.
Majority of the fraudsters on the information highway, this year, resorted to the trick of selling products online but not delivering it to buyers who had already made payments.
It remained the most adopted method to cheat during the year with 33 per cent of internet crimes of this nature being reported, according to the report.