Debt issues top annual list of Georgia’s consumer complaints

Debt issues top annual list of Georgia’s consumer complaints

July 28, 2021 Off By administrator

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ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr today announced Georgia’s top consumer complaints for 2020. This announcement follows the release of the latest report from the annual survey of state and local consumer agencies conducted by Consumer Federation of America (CFA).

“In 2020, our Consumer Protection Division saw new kinds of complaints related to the pandemic, including price gouging of food, paper goods and personal protective equipment; COVID-related scams; and businesses failing to refund consumers for cancelled events and travel,” said Attorney General Carr. “We are proud that in spite of the influx of complaints and the change to teleworking, our office was able to record $76.3 million dollars in recoveries, savings and benefits last year. Georgians can contact us at consumer.ga.gov to report unfair practices and to learn how to protect themselves from scams and unscrupulous behavior.”

The Georgia Attorney General’s Office was one of 34 agencies from 18 states that participated in the survey. Participating entities were asked about the most common complaints, the fastest-growing complaints and the worst complaints received in 2020. In addition, the report identified new kinds of consumer problems, agencies’ greatest achievements and new laws enacted in the agencies’ jurisdictions last year to protect consumers.

Our Consumer Protection Division served 55,170 consumers in 2020.  

The top ten complaints reported to the Georgia Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division in 2020 were:

  1. Debt Issues (debt collection, loan companies, credit report problems, title pawns, payday loans, credit card providers, credit repair, debt adjustment)
  2. Used Car Sales
  3. Price Gouging/Public Health State of Emergency
  4. Landlord/Tenant Issues
  5. Automotive Repairs
  6. Employment Issues
  7. Home Improvement/Repairs (home improvements, home repairs, security systems, roofing, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, landscaping, pest control, swimming pools)
  8. Health-Related Services/Billing (medical services, billing by provider or in-house 3rd party collector, personal care services, pharmacy, hospital inpatient billing, home health services, health sharing plans, DUI/alcohol/drug risk reduction programs)
  9. New Car Sales
  10. Utilities (cell phones, landline phones, bundled services, cable, satellite, electricity, internet/email, natural gas, garbage, recycling, water/sewer, propane)

Nationwide Top Ten Complaints in 2020

These are the top ten nationwide complaints that were reported to state and local consumer agencies last year based on the CFA survey.

  1. Auto: Misrepresentations in advertising or sales of new and used cars, deceptive financing practices, defective vehicles, faulty repairs, car leasing and rentals, towing disputes.
  2. Home Improvement/Construction: Shoddy work, failure to start or complete the job, failure to have required licensing or registration.
  3. Landlord/Tenant: Unhealthy or unsafe conditions, failure to make repairs or…

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