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ID Theft Again Tops List for Consumer Complaints with FTC

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  • Peter Psarouthakis
    The Federal Trade Commission has released their February 2013 104-page Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book for January - December 2012. Identity theft tops the
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      The Federal Trade Commission has released their February 2013 104-page Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book for January - December 2012.

      Identity theft tops the list for 13th consecutive year in a report of national consumer complaints. 2012 marks the first year in which the FTC received more than 2 million complaints overall, and 369,132, or 18 percent, were related to identity theft. Of those, more than 43 percent related to tax- or wage-related fraud.
      The report gives national data, as well as a state-by-state accounting of top complaint categories and a listing of the metropolitan areas that generated the most complaints. This includes the top 50 metropolitan areas for both fraud complaints and identity theft complaints.

      The remainder of complaint categories making up the top 10 are:


      Number
      Percent

      Debt collection
      199,721
      10 percent

      Banks and Lenders
      132,340
      6 percent

      Shop-at-Home and Catalog Sales
      115,184
      6 percent

      Prizes, Sweepstakes and Lotteries
      98,479
      5 percent

      Impostor Scams
      82,896
      4 percent

      Internet Services
      81,438
      4 percent

      Auto-Related Complaints
      78,062
      4 percent

      Telephone and Mobile Services
      76,783
      4 percent

      Credit Cards
      51,550
      3 percent

      A complete list of all complaint categories is available on page six of the report.
      The FTC enters complaints into the Consumer Sentinel Network, a secure online database that is available to more than 2,000 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies across the country. Agencies use the data to research cases, identify victims and track possible targets.

      Other federal and state law enforcement agencies contribute to Consumer Sentinel, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center and the offices of 14 state attorneys general. Private-sector organizations contributing data include all Better Business Bureaus in the U.S. and Canada, PrivacyStar, Publishers Clearing House and others.

      The full report is available at:
      <http://ftc.gov/sentinel/reports/sentinel-annual-reports/sentinel-cy2012.pdf> http://ftc.gov/sentinel/reports/sentinel-annual-reports/sentinel-cy2012.pdf

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