NY Attorney General’s Office releases ‘Top 10’ consumer scams from 2020
ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — New York State Attorney General Letitia James released Monday a "Top 10" list of consumer scams New Yorkers faced in 2020.
The release was part of a kick-off to "Consumer Protection Week" in the state, and many of the scams dealt with the COVID-19 crisis. News10NBC has investigated several scams as it relates to the pandemic.
Here’s a breakdown of the scams.
- Internet-Related (internet services and service providers, data privacy and security, digital media, data breaches, frauds through internet manipulation)
- COVID-19 Price Gouging (online and brick and mortar gouging of prices for items such as hand sanitizer, masks, gloves, bathroom tissue, food)
- Landlord/Tenant Disputes (security deposit releases, tenant-harassment)
- Health Clubs (continuous charging of fees while clubs were closed, inability to cancel memberships, refunds not provided, no response from clubs)
- Automobile (sales, service, financing, repairs)
- Consumer Services (security systems, tech repairs, immigration services, employment training)
- Retail Sales (any sale of goods: food, clothing, rent-to-own, online orders)
- Credit (debt collection, credit card billing, debt settlement and debt relief, payday loans, credit repair, credit reporting agencies, identity theft)
- Utilities (wireless and residential phones, energy servicers and suppliers, cable and satellite)
- Travel (inability to cancel or lack of refunds for cancellations required by COVID-19 travel restrictions)
The AG’s office has compiled a list of warnings and tips, which you can check out here.