FTC Issues Annual List of Top Consumer Complaints

On February 7, 2007 the Federal Trade Commission issued its annual report, “Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft Complaint Data on fraud complaints consumers have filed with the agency during 2006. For the seventh year in a row, identity theft tops the list, accounting for 36 percent of the 674,354 complaints received. Other categories near the top of the fraud complaint list include shop-at-home/catalog sales; prizes, sweepstakes and lotteries; Internet services and computer complaints; and Internet auction fraud. The top ten list is as follows: 1) Identity Theft; 2) Shop-at-Home/Catalog Sales; 3) Prizes/Sweepstakes and Lotteries; 4) Internet Services and Computer Complaints; 5) Internet Auctions; 6) Foreign Money Offers; 7) Advance-Fee Loans and Credit Protection/Repair; 8) Magazine and Buyers Clubs; 9) Telephone Services; and 10) Heath Care.

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