Business Fraud Attorney
Business or Consumer fraud occur when, in the context of a business transaction, false statements of fact are made, the person making false statements knew that the statements were false when they were made, and that the other party in the transaction relied on the false statements to their detriment.”
The elements of business fraud are:
- False representation of fact
- Made by another
- Knowledge that the representation was false when it was made
- An intention to get or induce the plaintiff to act or refrain from acting in reliance on the representation
- Damage occurred to the plaintiff as a result of the reliance
If one has been hurt economically by consumer or business fraud, there is legal action to take.
Examples of business/consumer fraud are:
False advertising is one of the most common forms of consumer fraud. Such fraud often results when misleading statements are made in an advertisement in an attempt to over-hype a product or service.
Unfair Pricing and Consumer Fraud
Consumer fraud often relates to pricing issues. For example, any instance where overcharging of advertised pricing occurs might be considered consumer fraud.
Additionally, concealing an additional fee (such as shipping, service charge, etc.) without expressly notifying a customer of the fee beforehand is considered consumer fraud. Due this, pricing and other claims in advertisements are often accompanied by “fine print” stipulations that indicate any additional pricing requirements.
Unfair Terms and Conditions and Consumer Fraud
In some cases, an unscrupulous business may trick you into agreeing to unfair terms and conditions. Sometimes, such an agreement is requested prior to the completion of a sale. In such cases where the terms are deemed unfair, a customer may have legal rights to file a claim against the corporation. Since sensitive personal data is often related to the terms and conditions of a service, this type of consumer fraud often relates to identity theft. To minimize the chances for becoming a victim of such fraud, it is recommended you read the terms of agreement prior to agreeing to them.
Bidari Civil Defense takes fraud cases seriously and either prosecutes against or defends them zealously. These cases are occurring more and more each day.
Those who commit fraud should be held to answer and pay for their actions and those who are falsely accused of committing fraud should be just as vigorously defended and exonerated.
Allegations of fraud (if proven) may warrant both monetary and penalty compensation.