Have You Been a Victim of Consumer Fraud?
If you have been a victim of consumer fraud there are certain rights and protections afforded to you. There are many forms of consumer fraud. A Catalina consumer fraud attorney can help you discuss your options.
Report Consumer Fraud
Fraud is intentional deception in order to gain something from the person being deceived. Consumer fraud takes many forms including ATM fraud, credit card scams, investment fraud, and more. Reporting consumer fraud is important to protecting other consumers. If you feel that you’ve been wronged by a business, you should speak to an attorney.
What are the most common types of consumer fraud?
The most common types of consumer fraud include fake charity scams, identity theft, robocall scams, credit card and debit card theft, debt collection scams, or knowingly selling products in poor or non-working shape, such as used cars.
What is phishing?
A phishing scam is when someone attempts to deceive you through email to gain access to sensitive data, such as your passwords, account numbers, Social Security number, or any other identifying information. They usually do this by trying to pass themselves off as an official entity, such as your bank. Be careful about messages that want you to turn over information on websites that you are not familiar with.
How do you report consumer fraud?
There are several government agencies you can file a consumer fraud complaint with. At the federal level, this is typically through the Federal Trade Commission. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau also handles complaints about financial issues. Locally, your state’s attorney general’s office also will handle consumer fraud complaints.
What sort of issues can I seek legal help with?
Specialized legal help is available for most legal issues. Each case is unique; seeking legal help is a smart first step toward understanding your legal situation and seeking the best path toward resolution for your case. An experienced lawyer understands the local laws surrounding your case and what your best legal options might be. More importantly, there are certain situations and circumstances – such as being charged with a crime – where you should always seek experienced legal help.
Tips on Approaching an Initial Attorney Consultation
- Use the consultation as a means of gaining a better understanding of your legal situation.
- Ask the attorney how many cases similar to yours he/she has handled. An attorney’s experience and knowledge can speak to their expertise (or lack of) in addressing your situation.
- Your attorney should be able to articulate roughly how long a case like yours will take to resolve and what sort of procedures to expect.
- Determine how comfortable you are working with the lawyer and/or law firm.
Does firm size matter?
For most consumer legal issues, the size of the practice is much less important than the experience, competence, and reputation of the attorney(s) handling your case. Among the most important factors when choosing an attorney are your comfort level with the attorney or practice and the attorney’s track record in bringing about quick, successful resolutions to cases similar to yours.
Common legal terms explained
Personal jurisdiction – Requirement that a particular court have authority over a person, in order to bind that person to the judgment of the court, based on minimum contacts. International Shoe Co v. Washington is a landmark Supreme Court case outlining the scope of a state court’s reach in personal jurisdiction.