Mar 8, 2022 - Business

Colorado consumers targeted by record number of scams amid pandemic

Data: Colorado Attorney General; Chart: John Frank/Axios
Data: Colorado Attorney General; Chart: John Frank/Axios

The pandemic sparked new scams in Colorado, driving complaints of unemployment payment schemes and auto services to new levels.

Driving the news: The Colorado attorney general's office recorded 13,970 consumer complaints in 2021, a 15% increase from the prior year and a new record, data released Monday shows.

  • "The pandemic has really been a painful opportunity for scams," Attorney General Phil Weiser told Axios Denver.

Zoom in: Retail sales make up the most complaints, often involving unauthorized memberships, services and delivery issues related to the pandemic.

  • The spike in unemployment claims and benefits drove the second largest category for fraud.

The intrigue: The number of complaints about airlines and robocalls β€” the top two categories in 2020 β€” fell out of the top 10.

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