Fraud Report in Wyoming

Posted by Clyde Hutchins | Mar 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Fraud in Wyoming

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published its annual report on consumer complaints. The 2017 report provides some interesting perspectives on fraud in Wyoming. Here are some highlights from the report:

  • Identity theft and imposter scams had the highest proportion of reported scams in Wyoming at a total of 34% of complaints statewide.
  • Complaints about prize and lottery scams came in next at 12% of complaints.
  • Total number of Wyoming complaints made to the FTC is 2,396.
  • Wyoming is ranked number 39 out of 50 states in number of identity theft complaints.
  • Most identity theft complaints are about credit card fraud. Second is telephone or utility fraud.
  • Wyoming is ranked number 43 out of 50 states in number of fraud complaints.
  • Southeast Wyoming had the highest number of fraud reports per capita, with the Casper area coming in second.

About the Author

Clyde Hutchins

Clyde Hutchins is the founder of Harmony Law. Mr. Hutchins started his career as a lawyer in Cheyenne, Wyoming. First gaining experience as a law clerk for the district court judges, Mr. Hutchins entered private practice with a Cheyenne firm focused on civil litigation, business law and some general practice law. Later, Mr. Hutchins went to Alaska, where he was the chief litigator for a firm that engaged in bond law, corporate law, securities law, and the broad reach of municipal law. Mr. Hutchins returned to Cheyenne to represent the State of Wyoming in the national tobacco arbitration. While in that position, he developed the consumer protection unit for the Wyoming Attorney General's Office. He led over 120 investigations and enforcement actions in Wyoming and worked on numerous joint cases with the Federal Trade Commission and other states, including Colorado. Mr. Hutchins relocated to Colorado in 2016 and founded Harmony Law. Mr. Hutchins has established Harmony Law in three principal areas of law. First, it is a general practice firm in the areas of business law, estate planning and family law. Secondly, it is a civil litigation firm, practicing law in state and federal courts throughout Wyoming and Colorado. Finally, it is one of the few firms in Wyoming or Colorado that focuses on consumer protection law.


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