On February 13, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its compilation of "Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft Complaint Data January-December 2007." Of the 813,899 total complaints received, 258,427, or 32%, were related to identity theft. This marks the seventh year in a row that identity theft has been the number-one consumer fraud complaint category. The most frequent types involved credit card fraud and phone or utilities fraud. The metropolitan areas with the highest per capita rates of reported identity theft were Napa, California; Madera, California; and Greeley, Colorado.

The FTC collects consumer fraud complaints from more than 125 other organizations and makes them available to over 1700 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad via Consumer Sentinel, a secure online database. In 2007 the Commission received almost 140,000 more consumer fraud complaints than in 2006.

The 2007 report may be found at www.ftc.gov.