The Internet represents an entirely new medium through which unwitting consumers can be defrauded. The same frauds perpetrated through telemarketing and mail are now being carried out over the Internet and more. From dubious travel and vacation packages to pyramid schemes and suspect business opportunities, fraudulent companies are finding new and clever ways to cheat their victims on the Web every day.
While it is true that the Internet provides consumers with a convenient marketplace through which they can purchase various goods and services, it also offers illegitimate companies a place to conduct business. Even worse, illegitimate businesses tend to be particularly adept at presenting their schemes in ways that appear to be legitimate. They intentionally deceive consumers by misrepresenting products and services, failing to deliver promised goods altogether, or else by slapping on hidden fees or other bogus charges.
If you feel you've been the victim of Internet fraud, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your damages through a consumer fraud lawsuit. Please contact us to speak with a qualified consumer fraud attorney who can evaluate your claim and help you plan a course of action.
You can, however, avoid internet fraud by following a few simple steps.
Internet Fraud is Illegal
A number of law enforcement authorities have come together to combat Internet fraud, sometimes called e-commerce fraud. In 1999, the U.S. Department of Justice created the Internet Fraud Initiative and the Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) in order to promote national cooperation among law enforcement agencies. Since that time, the Justice Department has prosecuted a number of criminal cases against Internet businesses engaged in fraudulent practices.
The Federal Trade Commission - the agency that protects consumers from deceptive and unfair business practices - also investigates reports of Internet fraud and enforces the law.
If you have been the victim of e-commerce fraud, it is important to file a complaint immediately. Your state Attorney General's Office, your local consumer protection agency, the Better Business Bureau, and the FTC all accept reports of Internet fraud.
Victims of Internet fraud have legal rights. Individuals who have been defrauded may have the right to file a consumer fraud lawsuit. If you suspect that you've been a victim of e-commerce fraud, it is wise to seek the early advice of an experienced consumer fraud attorney who can help you help you understand your rights. Furthermore, if you have been victimized by Internet fraud, chances are you are not alone. Individuals who have been similarly defrauded may be entitled to file a class action consumer fraud lawsuit.
Please contact us today to consult with one of our qualified consumer fraud lawyers and learn more about filing a consumer fraud lawsuit. Our lawyers are devoted consumer advocates who want to help you get the justice you deserve.