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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 Theft278,078 21%

Third Party and Creditor Debt Collection119,5499%

Internet Services83,0676%

Shop-at-Home and Catalog Sales74,581 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 41,7633%

Advance-Fee Loans and Credit Protection/Repair 41,448 3%

Banks and Lenders 32,4432%

Credit Bureaus, Information Furnishers and Report Users 31,6292%

Television and Electronic Media 26,5682%

Health Care 25,414 2%

Business Opportunities, Employment Agencies and Work-at-Home Plans22,8962%

Computer Equipment and Software 22,6212%

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