Since the Internet Crime Complaint Center was launched in 2000, the number of complaints about online fraud has risen each year - as have the costs for Internet users. But while foreign countries often get the blame for scams, spam and identity theft, much of it actually orginates in the good ol' U.S.A.

So what can you do to protect yourself? This infographic from provides up-to-date data on what scams to watch out for - and what you can do to avoid becoming the next victim.

International Internet Scam Hotspots

From: Background Check Guide