A new survey conducted by several groups shows that consumers are filing more complaints about various scams and predatory lending practices, according to the Wall Street Journal. The study surveyed 33 state, county and city agencies from over 18 individual states.
The groups that collaborated to create the report included the Consumer Federation of America, the National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators and the North American Consumer Protection Investigators. The groups found that complaints were up to a total of 300,895 in 2009 compared to the 265,324 filed complains in a 2008 survey.
Many of the complaints related to credit and debt concerns, such as aggressive debt collection practices, questionable debt relief services and credit card fees and terms. Additionally, consumers filed reports of scams related to internet sales, retail sales and health products and services, the news source reports.
These findings come as the U.S. economic system is still recovering from the recession that began in 2008. According to ScamBusters.org, those who want to protect themselves from credit card scams should be very careful about giving out their card information. Using a secure payment company to protect personal information when shopping on the web is a wise consumer move.