Consumer Fraud Complaints by Category, 2008

Updated February 28, 2017 | Infoplease Staff

Learn the top 20 consumer fraud complaints as of 2008. Identity theft tops the list, with 26% of all fraud compaints, filed by 1,223,370 people that year. Protect yourself from identity theft by reading our guides, Catching the Facts on Identity Theft and Stolen Identity: A Consumer Nightmare. Remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If you suspect you are a victim of identity theft, or any other fraudulant action, visit the consumer protection division of the Federal Trade Commission.

 Number of


of total
Identity theft313,98226
Third party and creditor debt collection104,6429
Shop-at-home and catalog sales52,6154
Internet services52,1024
Foreign money offers and counterfeit check scams38,5053
Credit bureaus, information furnishers and report users34,9403
Prizes, sweepstakes and lotteries33,3403
Television and electronic media25,9302
Banks and lenders22,8902
Telecom equipment and mobile services22,3872
Computer equipment and software21,4422
Business opportunities, employment agencies and work-at-home20,2862
Internet auction17,2941
Advance-fee loans and credit protection/repair17,2631
Health care16,2751
Auto related complaints14,2781
Travel, vacations and timeshare plans13,2001
Credit cards13,1961
Magazines and buyers clubs10,1881
Telephone services9,3001
Source: Federal Trade Commission. Data from Consumer Sentinel.






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