Identity Theft Tops Consumer Problems

     WASHINGTON (CN) – More than 278,000 complaints of identity theft were filed with the Federal Trade Commission in 2009, accounting for 21 percent of all the complaints to the FTC that year. The FTC received 119,500 complaints about debt collection last year, the second-largest category, according to a new FTC report.




     Here are the most frequent complaints the FTC received in 2009.
     The complete report is available by clicking the text icon on the Courthouse News Service home page.
      Identity Theft     278,078      21%
     Third Party and Creditor Debt Collection     119,549     9%
     Internet Services     83,067     6%
     Shop-at-Home and Catalog Sales     74,581      6%
     Foreign Money Offers and Counterfeit Check Scams      61,736      5%
     Internet Auction      57,821      4%
     Credit Cards      45,203      3%
     Prizes, Sweepstakes and Lotteries      41,763     3%
     Advance-Fee Loans and Credit Protection/Repair      41,448      3%
     Banks and Lenders      32,443     2%
     Credit Bureaus, Information Furnishers and Report Users      31,629     2%
     Television and Electronic Media      26,568     2%
     Health Care      25,414      2%
     Business Opportunities, Employment Agencies and Work-at-Home Plans     22,896     2%
     Computer Equipment and Software      22,621     2%

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