LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — The Federal Trade Commission announced Thursday it issued more than $1.6 million in refund checks in 2019 for Nevada consumers, a fraction of the reported $15 million lost in 2019 due to scams and fraud.
According to the agency, residents filed 35,220 complaints with the FTC last year, most of them being identity-theft related incidents.
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In all, consumers across Nevada received $1,647,635 as part of FTC investigations and protections as part of the FTC Act, which allows the agency to seek refunds from companies who have harmed, scammed, or fraudulently taken action against a client.
During 2019, more than 1.9 million consumers cashed FTC checks received as a result of law enforcement cases, the agency said.
Other scams reported by the agency which appeared to target Nevada included "imposter" scams, credit reporting issues, telephone and mobile services and debt collection.
The FTC said imposter scams and in particular government imposter scams were the most common type of fraud reported in 2019 nationwide.
For the first time ever, the FTC said it will provide an interactive dashboard with breakdowns for the public to view the investigation and refund data.