Florida lived up to its worst stereotype last year, leading the nation in complaints about identity theft and other fraud.
In 2012, the number of consumer complaints received by the Federal Trade Commission topped 2 million for the first time, up from 1.8 million in 2011. Of those, 369,132 — 18 percent — were related to identity theft, a 3 percent increase from a year ago, the agency said Tuesday.
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Top 10 fraud and other complaints from Florida consumers in 2012
Banks and lenders
Shop-at-home and catalog sales
Telephone and mobile services
Prizes, sweepstakes and lotteries
Foreign money offers and counterfeit check scams
Source: Federal Trade Commission