A group that monitors Internet crime says complaints jumped 33 percent in 2008.
The Internet Crime Complaint Center said it received more than 275,000 complaints last year, up from about 207,000 the year before.
The total reported dollar loss from such scams was $265 million, or about $25 million more than the year before.
About one in three complaints were for nonpayment or non-delivery. The other most common complaints were for auction fraud or credit and debit card fraud.
The Internet Crime Complaint Center is a partnership of the FBI and a nonprofit group that tracks white collar crime.