‘Consumer Protection Week’ Eyes Online Fraud, Credit Scams & More

Across the nation, U.S. agencies, consumer advocates and state attorneys general are reminding the public to be vigilant of the wide range of deceptive and outright illegal schemes targeting consumers.
National Consumer Protection Week 2012 kicked off March 4, and several state attorney general offices released their list of the top ten frauds of 2011.
The Federal Trade Commission updated its NCPW website, to provide the latest resources to help consumers avoid identity theft, credit card fraud, deceptive mortgage practices, Internet scams and other common schemes.
“The information on NCPW.gov can help consumers understand their rights, protect their privacy online and off, manage credit and debt, avoid identity theft, recognize foreclosure rescue scams, and report fraud,” said David Vladeck, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “Visitors can download and print materials to share with friends and neighbors, or use the toolkit to plan a larger community event.”
To get materials and view a list of agencies participating in the 14th annual consumer protection and education campaign, visit the NCPW About Us page.
New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today released the list of the top ten consumer fraud complaints received by his office in 2011.
The top fraud categories for New York: Internet (privacy issues; spyware; consumer frauds); credit (debt collection; credit card billing; debt settlement); automobile (buying, leasing, repair, service contracts, rentals); consumer-related services (security systems; restaurant/catering services; tech repairs); and landlord/tenant (residential repairs, deposit releases, tenant-harassment).
For the 12th year in a row, identity theft topped the list of consumer complaints filed in 2011 with the Federal Trade Commission.  Of more than 1.8 million complaints recorded in 2011, 279,156 – or 15 percent – were identity theft complaints.
Following I.D. theft on the FTC’s top ten were: debt collection complaints; prizes, sweepstakes, and lotteries; shop-at-home and catalog sales; banks and lenders;
Internet services; auto related complaints; imposter scams; telephone and mobile services; advance-fee loans and credit protection/repair.

One thought on “‘Consumer Protection Week’ Eyes Online Fraud, Credit Scams & More

  • March 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm
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    To avoid getting hacked and having my information stolen I make sure to teleSign in to my email account and my favorite eCommerce websites. Its an easy step that gives me assurance I’m shopping securely online.

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