Debt Issues Top List of Consumer Complaints

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan


debt and identity theft generated the lion's share of more than 27,000 complaints to the Illinois Consumer Protection Division in 2010, Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced today.

Calls about scams involving debt, which includes mortgage lending, debt collection and credit cards, dominated the top 10 list of complaints for the second year in a row, which Madigan said reflects the continuing impact of unemployment, foreclosures and a listless economy.

"The economic crisis continues to affect consumers in Illinois," Madigan (pictured) said in a statement. "People are struggling just to make ends meet. Consumers should know my office is here to help protect them against financial abuse and from con artists who are taking advantage of these tough times to make a quick buck."