Debt collectors, mortgage lenders lead Colo. in scam complaints

Ever been harassed by some fake trying to browbeat you into paying a debt you don't owe? You're not alone. In fact, those kinds of scams were the reported to the Colorado Attorney General's Office last year.

Overall, complaints were up 10 percent compared to the previous year, which may in fact be good news.

"Year-over-year, complaint numbers go up, which tells us that Coloradans are better informed about scams and fraud and more proactive in reporting abuse," says Attorney General Cynthia Coffman. Here's the ranking, as measured by the number of complaints recorded:

  1. Debt collection companies (1,371)
  2. Mortgage lenders (556)
  3. Fraudulent or unwanted spam email (713)
  4. Utility complaints -- cable, telecom and satellite (431)
  5. Fraudulent or unwanted telephone calls (295)
  6. Payday lenders (154)
  7. Automobile dealers, new and used (148)
  8. Real estate services (126)
  9. Internet shopping services (107)
  10. Telephone/cell phones and equipment (103)

You can read the full Attorney's General's statement here.