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FTC finds travel, vacation problems top list of coronavirus-related complaints in Maine

Jun 12, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Reports about travel and vacation problems topped the list of coronavirus-related complaints from consumers in Maine, while nationally reports about online shopping top the list of consumer complaints, according to new data released by the Federal Trade Commission.

Most of the coronavirus-related travel and vacation complaints from consumers are about problems with cancellations and refunds. Virus-related consumer complaints about online shopping include reports about items not arriving or not arriving when promised and items that are different than advertised.

The FTC began releasing coronavirus-related complaint data in late March  and is now releasing more detail about the types of complaints it has received from consumers in each state.

From Jan. 1 through June 8, Maine consumers reported losing a total of nearly $140,000 to fraud related to the pandemic, with a median loss of $288. In addition to vacation and travel-related complaints, other top coronavirus-related fraud complaints from Maine consumers included reports about online shopping and mobile text messages.

You can find additional complaint data about Maine and other states on the FTC’s new interactive COVID-19 complaint data dashboards.

The Federal Trade Commission works to promote competition and protect and educate consumers. You can learn more about consumer topics and file a consumer complaint online or by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357). "Like" the FTC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, read our blogs, and subscribe to press releases for the latest FTC news and resources.



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