(January, 24 2018) In 2017, the Better Business Bureau serving Southeast Florida and the Caribbean (BBB) processed an average of 3,000 consumer complaints a month. Although the BBB processes complaints for hundreds of different industries in South Florida, there are 10 types of businesses that received the majority of the complaints in the last 12 months. By releasing this information the BBB wants to encourage consumers to exercise due diligence before doing business with these industries. Sometimes something as easy as reading the fine print can make the difference between a pleasant and unpleasant business transaction thus avoiding having to file a complaint against a business. Top 10 types of businesses receiving complaints at BBB Southeast Florida are:Industry* Total Complaints Rank by number of complaints Cell Phone Supplies 1,736 1 Online Retailer 1,462 2 Burglar Alarm Systems 1,197 3 Airlines 1,045 4 Pre-Paid Phone Card 1,036 5 New Car Dealers 971 6 Cruises 906 7 Jewelry Stores 787 8 Clothing retailers 763 9 Insurance Companies 646 10 *Statistics are based on complaints about companies in the 11 counties served by BBB Serving Southeast Florida and the Caribbean and may not be indicative of trends nationwide.ABOUT BBB: For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for the local, independent BBBs in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as home to its national and international programs on dispute resolution, advertising review, and industry self-regulation. BBB Serving Southeast Florida and Caribbean serves 11 counties in South Florida as well as the territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.