AG’s office releases Top Consumer Frauds of 2012

ALBANY — The New York State Attorney General’s office released its list of the Top Consumer Frauds of 2012 on Tuesday, and there are some new additions from last year’s list.Internet fraud saw the highest number of complaints with more than 4,000, including online privacy issues and spyware downloads.There were more than 3,000 complaints about credit fraud, and third on the list was automobile issues. Consumer-related services like security systems, restaurant services, tech repairs and dating services was fourth on the list, followed by more than 1,800 complaints over landlord-tenant fraud.Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that in order to protect themselves, consumers need to be on guard, to know their rights, and to report any deceptive practices.
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