For the 12th year in a row, internet-related complaints topped state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s list of consumer complaints logged by his office.

To mark National Consumer Protection Week, Schneiderman on Thursday released a list of the top 10 frauds reported to his office in 2017.

“The best weapon against fraud is an informed consumer,” said Schneiderman, encouraging anyone who believes they have been victimized by a scammer to report the scam. “Fraudsters will always look for new ways to line their pockets at the expense of unsuspecting consumers.”

Here’s a look at the top scams affecting New Yorkers in the past year:

  • Internet fraud, including child safety, privacy, civil rights, spyware, consumer fraud and free speech.
  • Automobile complaints, including sales, services, financing, rentals and repairs.
  • Consumer-related services, including alarm companies, dry cleaners, furniture repair and refinishers, restaurants, hair and nail salons, movers, watch repairs and other services for personal household use.
  • Landlord/tenant complaints such as rent security deposit issues and allegations of tenant harassment.
  • Utilities-related complaints, including reports on cable and satellite companies, energy services and suppliers and wireless and residential phone carriers.
  • Credit, including debt collection, credit card billing, debt settlement, credit repair, credit reporting agencies and identity theft.
  • Retail sales, including rent-to-own, food, clothing and any other sale of goods for personal household use.
  • Home repair/Construction, including reports of home improvement services not delivered or done poorly.
  • Mail order.
  • Mortgage, including mortgage modification, foreclosures and mortgage and loan broker fraud.

Here are some tips for protecting yourself and your families from fraud:

To learn more about your rights and how to report scams and fraud to the Attorney General’s Office, call (800) 771-7755 or visit ag.ny.gov/bureau/consumer-frauds-bureau.

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