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Use the sample consumer complaint letter below (or download the complaint letter in Word format) to draft a complaint letter or e-mail. You can also copy and paste your complaint into a company's "Contact Us" form.
[Your City, State, ZIP]
(Your e-mail address, if sending via e-mail)
[Name of Contact Person] (if available)
[Title] (if available)
[Consumer Complaint Division] (if you have no specific contact)
[City, State, ZIP Code]
Dear [Contact Person]:
Re: (account number, if applicable)
On [date], I [bought, leased, rented, or had repaired] a [name of the product, with serial or model number, or service performed] at [location, date, and other important details of the transaction].
Unfortunately, your product [or service] has not performed well [or the service was inadequate] because [state the problem]. I am disappointed because [explain the problem: for example, the product does not work properly; the service was not performed correctly; I was billed the wrong amount; something was not disclosed clearly or was misrepresented; etc.].
To resolve the problem, I would appreciate your [state the specific action you want: money refunded, charge card credit, repair, exchange, etc.]. Enclosed are copies (do not send originals) of my records [include receipts, guarantees, warranties, canceled checks, contracts, model and serial numbers, and any other documents].
I look forward to your reply and a resolution to my problem and will wait until [set a time limit] before seeking help from a consumer protection agency or the Better Business Bureau. Please contact me at the above address or by phone at [home and/or office numbers with area code].
When filing a complaint, remember these tips:
Page Last Reviewed or Updated: May 21, 2013