We hear stories of people being taken advantage of through consumer fraud every year. There are countless scams that thieves use in order to cheat thousands of people out of their hard earned cash. With increasing dependence on the Internet and technology, scam artists do not even have to meet you in order to scam you. We all receive countless spam e-mails every day from people claiming to be able to send us millions of dollars, of course, we have to send them a check for processing fees first. These sorts of scams are increasing in popularity, and it is very important that you know what your rights are, and how to protect yourself against consumer fraud.
There are certain steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim of consumer fraud. One is to be informed. Keep yourself aware of the new scams that con artists are using. A knowledgeable consumer is harder to trick. Also, be very careful when using the internet; be sure to protect all of your personal information that is stored on your computer.
If you receive an e-mail from someone you don’t know, who is asking for your personal information, delete the e-mail immediately. Even if the e-mail looks real, and has a logo on it from, for example, your bank, do not give out any information. If you are unsure whether or not the e-mail is legitimate, simply call the business and inquire first. It is very, very rare for businesses to contact you via e-mail and ask for your personal information, and more often than not it is a scam. Taking five minutes to call and double-check that the e-mail is valid could save you from years of headaches.
There are numerous laws in every state that serve to protect the victims of consumer fraud, and you may be entitled to compensation if you have been the victim of consumer fraud.