Internet scams top reported frauds in New York

By Matt Hicks

Internet scams top reported frauds in New York

March 5, 2013 Updated Mar 5, 2013 at 12:19 PM EDT

Albany, NY (WBNG Binghamton) More than 3,200 credit-related scams were logged with the New York State Attorney General's office. But that wasn't the top consumer fraud reported in 2012.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Internet scams were the most reported through 2012. This includes 4,096 privacy issues, spyware and consumer frauds.

Nearly half of the credit-related complaints were filed against debt collectors who Schneiderman said illegally threatened or harassed consumers.

Other top fraud complaints include automobile purchases or repairs, consumer services such as tech repairs or dating services, and landlord-tenant issues.

Schneiderman said these complaints are key to stopping scammers in their tracks.

"In these challenging economic times, it is important than ever to protect consumers from the deceptive practices of unscrupulous corporations that try to lie, cheat and steal from hard working New Yorkers," Schneiderman said in a release to the media. "My office will continue to send a message to businesses that consumers have rights and -- if those rights are violated -- we will come after you."

For more information on how you can stay safe against fraud, visit the Attorney General's office.