QUOTE: Cyber-criminals stole more than a half-billion dollars last year, relying on a variety of scams including fake sales, extortion, and scareware, according to the latest figures from the Internet Crime Complaint Center. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received 289,874 complaints, or approximately 24,000 complaints a month, in 2012, according to the 2012 Internet Crime Report released this week. Nearly 40 percent of the complaints reported some kind of financial loss, for a grand total of $525,441,110. The average loss for those who claimed a financial impact was $4,573, according to the report