Identity theft tops list of consumer complaints

Federal Trade Commission releases top ten list of consumer complaints from 2012

Published On: Feb 27 2013 01:42:50 PM EST
Identity Theft
DETROIT -

The Federal Trade Commission has released its top ten list of consumer complaints from 2012.

For the 13th year in a row, identity theft tops that list.

The FTC says it received more than 369,000 complaints about identity theft, which accounted for 18 percent of all the complaints it received last year.

The commission says there are three basic types of ID theft related to taxes and wages, an area where complaints are booming.

It says the most common is when the scammer, using your social security number, applies for an income tax refund in your name.

Thieves also use stolen social security numbers to create fake dependents to boost a fake refund.

They also use stolen social security numbers to get a job.

FTC's Top 10 Complaint Categories for 2012:

"This report illustrates that we still have a huge problem with fraud in this country," said John Breyault, director of Fraud.org, run by the National Consumers League. "It's more important than ever that people educate themselves and learn how to spot the warning signs of fraud."

 You can file a complaint with the FTC online.  http://www.ftc.gov/