The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is making more state-level information available to the public about the complaints it receives from consumers related to COVID-19 with reports about online shopping problems topping the list of complaints in most states.
Under its expanded reporting, the FTC is now releasing the numbers of different types of fraud, Do Not Call, and other complaints received from consumers in each state. National and state-level data can be found on the FTC’s new interactive COVID-19 complaint data dashboards.
The COVID-19-related online shopping complaints from consumers include reports about items not arriving or not arriving when promised and items that are different than advertised. The FTC began releasing COVID-19-related complaint data in late March 2020.
So far, the FTC has received more than 91,000 total COVID-19-related complaints between January 1 and June 8, 2020. Consumers have reported losing a total of more than $59.2 million to COVID-19-related fraud.
California has reported the largest number of COVID-19-related complaints.