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What Fraud Lawyers Can Do For You
Fraud lawyers basically specialize in cases that concern fraud or deception of some kind. In today’s world, there are a lot of fraudulent scams going around from get-rich-quick schemes to mortgage fraud. Identity theft and forgery are among these crimes, as are other consumer fraud scams and insurance fraud.
Whether you are an individual or a business, fraud lawyers can assist you if you feel that you have been ripped off or led to engage in a transaction that was misrepresented as something that it was not.
There are laws help to provide fraud protection for both consumers and businesses and that is what fraud lawyers specialize in.
To many people, any transaction that appears shady is fraud; however, to be legally actionable, there are at least four elements that have to be proved in order for it to be considered fraud by the courts:
- It must contain material misrepresentation
- Display intent on the behalf of the defendants
- Have reliance of statements by the plaintiffs
- It must result in harm to the plaintiffs
If a claim meets these requirements, it may be considered to be fraud by a court. Fraud lawyers can review the facts of the case and advise you whether or not it is actionable in a court of law.
If the transaction doesn’t contain these elements, but just seems not to be right, it is advisable to consult with fraud lawyers who can determine what is quirky about the transaction and which laws apply to the specific circumstances. If it is not fraud, there may be some other laws that apply making the case an actionable claim.
Common Types of Consumer Fraud that Fraud Lawyers Deal With
Consumer fraud is a wide category that is protected against by consumer fraud protection laws. Pyramid schemes, false advertising, bait and switch schemes, internet-related fraud, credit card fraud, mortgage fraud, bank fraud, phone company fraud, insurance fraud, and misrepresented prizes or sweepstakes are commonly addressed by fraud lawyers.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) takes complaints from consumers concerning consumer fraud and identity theft and they use the statistics to provide warnings to consumers. If you feel that you have been subjected to fraud or identity theft but the loss is not significant enough to you for hiring a fraud lawyer, it is highly recommended that you report your claim to the FTC. Doing so will probably not result in restitution for you, but your report may help the FTC to identity schemes and provide other consumers information that may prevent them from falling for the same scheme.
When statistics show that a specific scam is in existence and widespread, usually some type of law is passed to prevent it if a law doesn’t already exist. By reporting scams, you will help this along too.
Businesses often face counterfeit payments and other types of fraud. Fraud lawyers can also help them out.
Information from the FTC
The best form of fraud protection is to stay abreast of the numerous scams that swindlers are running and to avoid them, then perhaps, you won’t need the services of fraud lawyers.
The FTC provides publications about such scams in the consumer protection part of their website. Some of the categories that they address contain information and identified schemes about…
- Buying, financing, leasing, renting, or getting maintenance on an automobile
- Buying a computer, internet access, internet-related entertainment, online shopping and e-payments, privacy and security, spam email, and web scams
- Credit reporting, credit cards, consumer loans, debt resolutions, real estate and mortgage fraud, and privacy
- Information on education, finding a job and scholarships
- Health issues such treatments, drugs and dietary supplements, and weight loss and fitness
- Identity theft, privacy and security and children’s privacy
- Schemes involving business opportunities, work at home schemes and investment schemes
- Telemarketing and mail order schemes
What Does It Cost to Hire Fraud Lawyers?
Some fraud lawyers charge a retainer fee or a flat fee while others work on contingency, which means that they take a percentage of the award if they win the case. You might even get lucky and find fraud lawyers that will take the case pro bono with no cost to you; however, that is unlikely.
The best way to find out the cost is to consult with a firm of fraud lawyers, advise them of your case, find out whether or not is actionable, and get a quote on the price for representing you and the acceptable terms of payment.
Selecting fraud lawyers can be a stressful event, especially if the costs depend on unknown factors. Feel free to negotiate with lawyers for a flat fee so that you know what you are getting into before hiring one. Usually a flat fee can be determined by experienced fraud lawyers who pretty much know what to expect from the court system and the defendants. Retainers are usually based on this experience and when the final bill is determined, you may owe a little bit more or you may be entitled to a refund of part of the retainer that you paid upfront.
Advice Concerning Fraud Protection
If you have fallen for some of these schemes or if you have identified new ones, it is advisable to both:
- Report the incident to the FTC
- Consult with fraud lawyers concerning restitution of the money that you lost or the time and heartbreak that you have experienced
When subjected to fraudulent activity, you don’t have to settle for being a victim. By hiring fraud lawyers, you can take action and make the swindler pay for the damage done to you. If you have experienced mortgage fraud, credit card fraud, identity theft, or one of the many types of consumer fraud, seek counsel from fraud lawyers who specialize in fraud protection laws.
From here on out, improve your knowledge of common fraudulent activities that exist. Such knowledge will help you to prevent being swindled and is the best form of fraud prevention that exists.