Protecting Yourself from Consumer Fraud

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Protecting Yourself from Consumer Fraud

As experienced consumer fraud attorneys, we learn of aggravating fraud cases all too often. Consumers buy defective products, purchase deceptive policies, or are unfairly misled in trade practices. There’s a staggering assortment of commodities which can be used by the fraudster: products, real estate, insurance, charitable causes, travel offers and more. What’s more, fraud can not only be committed in person, but also through mail, telephone and the Internet. With all these platforms susceptible, how do you protect yourself from consumer fraud?

Garcia & Artigliere’s expert consumer fraud lawyers have compiled tips for you to remain safe. Remember: consumer protection law works in your favour. You’re protected by federal law against unfair and deceptive trade practices, and also by varying state laws.

Protect Yourself: Tips from Our Consumer Fraud Attorneys

  • Be aware. Don’t give out any financial information (checking account, credit card number, social security number) on the phone or online, unless you’re positive the receiver is verified.
  • Save your receipts and warranty slips when you purchase products, and make notes on any repairs or issues you encounter with the product.
  • Do research when donating to charity – you should be able to find detailed information about the organization’s identity, mission, physical address and costs. The Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance (http://www.bbb.org/us/charity/) is a useful resource to confirm validity.
  • Be wary of claims that you are a “grand prize winner” for a contest you don’t recall entering – these are typically initiated via email or mail, and often follow with a registration request that requires funds.
  • Register on the National Do Not Call Registry (https://www.donotcall.gov/) to prevent telemarketers/potential fraudsters from reaching you.
  • Don’t sign any contract, transmit money or commit to other paperwork without careful consideration and a second opinion if necessary.
  • View the Federal Trade Commission’s resources on how to recognize scams in business, scams against immigrants, and more: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/

 

Despite consumer protection law efforts, fraud still happens too frequently. If you believe you’ve been a victim of a fraudulent act, it’s imperative to contact a consumer fraud lawyer immediately. At Garcia, Artigliere and Medby, we have ample experience in consumer fraud law and have won cases against large corporations like AOL, Best Buy and Pleasant Care Corporation.

 

If you suspect you’re a victim of consumer fraud, it’s best to contact a lawyer as soon as possible, so that critical evidence can be collected immediately. Contact Garcia & Artigliere today for a free case review.