Some 40 million Americans surveyed by the FTC in 2017 reported they had been the victim of consumer fraud. However, many more cases go unreported. In some instances, consumers are embarrassed to admit they’ve fallen for a scam. In others, they may not even realize they’ve been a victim of criminal activity.
What counts as consumer fraud?
Consumer fraud covers a range of scams, swindles, and cons that relieve innocent people of their hard-earned money under the guise of a too-good-to-be-true product or through unethical business practices. According to the aforementioned survey, fraudulent weight-loss products, false IRS claims, and unauthorized billing were among the most reported types of fraud. Unethical debt collection is another, often overlooked, example of consumer fraud.
How can a consumer rights law firm help if I’ve been the victim of unethical business practices?
A consumer fraud lawyer helps victims seek justice and obtain reparations for fraudulent business practices. Your attorney can help you understand your rights as a consumer and assert them. He can write demand letters to fraudulent companies on your behalf and, of course, he can file a lawsuit on your behalf as well.
When should I contact an attorney if I think I have been the victim of consumer fraud?
Contacting an attorney the moment you suspect you’ve been cheated increases the chances of restoring order and preventing the deceptive business from continuing its criminal activity. At The Law Offices of Jeffrey Lohman, we have handled thousands of consumer law violations in California, including:
- Financial Scams
- Auto and Housing Issues
- Sales Solicitations and Phoney Offers
- Background Checks and Hiring Complaints
- Immigration and Senior Citizen Fraud
- Identity Theft
If you believe you’ve been the victim of consumer fraud, call us today to learn how we can help you recover.