What is general consumer fraud?
Consumer fraud poses a threat to consumers and the economy. Even the most wary and sophisticated consumers may fall victim to fraudulent offers. General consumer fraud involves types of cases such as wrongful conduct of insurance and finance companies including bad faith, insurance-medicaid recipients, mortgage fraud and breach of contract to name a few.
In 2006 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) conducted a survey of randomly-chosen adults about their consumer experiences during the previous year. The survey suggests that nearly 25 million adults in the U.S. that’s 11.2 percent of the adult population were victims of one or more types of consumer frauds covered by the survey during the previous year. More than 3.5 million incidents of these various frauds occurred during the year.
The most frequently reported type of consumer fraud was advance fee loan scams, which involve a consumer paying money to a seller prior to receiving a promised loan or credit card. Some 4.5 million consumers that’s 2.1 percent of U.S. adults made such payments, but did not receive the promised loan.
What can I do?
If you or a loved one has become a victim of consumer fraud, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free legal consultation, contact us today!