New York State Attorney General Lists Top Consumer Fraud Complaints
Marking the start of National Consumer Protection Week, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on Thursday released the list of the top 10 consumer fraud complaints received byhis office in 2013.
In 2013, internet-related complaints topped the list, followed by automobile-related scams and credit-related complaints that involved debt collection, credit card billing and identity theft.
In addition, the Attorney General's Office continues to receive a large number of mortgage-related complaints.
Schneiderman said the complaints and calls to his office demonstrate the extent to which consumers who are struggling to stay on top of their mortgages are being targeted by fraudulent and unscrupulous loan modification consultants.
In June 2012, Schneiderman announced the Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP), a $60 million program to fund legal service providers and housing counseling organizations serving at-risk homeowners across New York.