National Consumer Protection Week

June 26, 2012



Issued: February 29, 2011
Contact: Phil Catlett, President
616.774.8236 - 800.684.3222

Next week, March 4-10, 2012 is National Consumer Protection Week!

The Better Business Bureau has participated with many other organizations to provide data for the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network. This is the most complete report and database available on consumer protection in the United States. Among the findings:

-The Kalamazoo Metro Area ranks 17th in the country for fraud related complaints

-Michigan ranks 38th in fraud complaints, and 13th in identity theft complaints

-Top identity theft complaints in Michigan are related to: 1.government documents/benefits,, cards

-Top fraud related complaints of Michigan consumers are:1.debt collection, at home/catalog sales, 3.prizes/sweepstakes/lotteries

-The highest percentage of identity thefts were committed against young adults 20-29

-The top 3 national complaint categories are identity theft, debt collection, and prizes/sweepstakes/lotteries.

-50% of frauds get their money through wire transfers

-43% of frauds were conducted through e-mail contacts, and 29% through phone contacts

-The highest percentage of frauds were reported by adults 50-59, and the second highest 40-49

If you would like more information or an interview, contact Phil Catlett:

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