Virginia among worst states for fraud

Debt collection fraud. Identity theft. Lending scams. There’s lots of fraud out there, and it turns out that Virginia is ranked #7 in the country when it comes to fraud reports.

That’s based on data from the Federal Trade Commission and reported by AOL Finance.

More than 30 different categories of complaints were recorded in 2011. Identity theft was the most common one, representing 15% of all complaints.

Debt collection fraud was the second most common category, defined by the FTC as consumers reporting abuse by both legitimate debt collectors and those pretending to be. Other categories included banking and lending scams, as well as scams arising from promises of relief from mortgage debt.

Our identity theft reports were about average, but we didn’t do so well with other complaints — debt collection fraud reports, shop-at-home catalog sales, and complaints about banks and lenders. Also, the report notes, Virginia “has the ninth-highest credit card debt per capita in the country, the seventh-highest mortgage debt per capita and the 10th-worst average credit score.”

In case you’re interested, the worst states for fraud (in order from worst to 10th worst) are…

  • Florida
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Maryland
  • Nevada
  • Arizona
  • Virginia
  • Georgia
  • Washington state
  • New Jersey

About Andrew Kantor

Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.
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