WASHINGTON — Internet crime is reaching new highs, according to a new report.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) said it received 206,884 complaints of crimes perpetrated online in 2007 and that nearly 90,000 were referred to law enforcement.

The total reported loss was nearly $240 million, a $40 million increase over 2006 and a new record, according to the 2007 Internet Crime Report issued last week by the IC3, a joint operation of the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center (www.nwc3.org).

The NWC3 makes its complaints available to local, state and federal law enforcement to aid in investigations, analysis and public awareness.

Auction and non-delivery fraud accounted for 60% of the complaints, the report said. Check and card fraud complaints were about 12% of the total and identity theft accounted for 2.9%. Financial institution fraud complaints were 2.7% of the total.

The 28-page report is available at www.ic3.gov/media/annualreports.aspx.