Fraud, Identity Theft, and Unethical Business Practices

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"Lemons": Cars with serious problems after you bought it.

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Keeping records, complaining to someone higher up, consulting a lawyer, using mediation services, and other ways to resolve conflicts.

Information about fraudulent foreclosure rescue scams and where to find help.

Once you"ve decided to take your grievance about an attorney to the State Bar, you need to file an attorney complaint form.

A freeze generally stops all access to your credit report, while a fraud alert permits creditors to get your report as long as they take steps to verify your identity.

Job scammers promise to help you if you pay them.

What to do when your provider sneaks in fees to your bill.

Your home; adjusters and contractors; when picking a contractor; when you get your settlement; creditors, bills and budgeting; and watch out for fraud.

What to do when your identity has been stolen and used.

Scammers don't actually own the homes they try to rent out to you. Identify them and make a report if you've been scammed.

Seniors: Protect yourself from fraud and financial abuse! Be vigilant, be observant. Physical or financial abuse will continue so long as no one knows about it. Listed below are our Top 10 Safety Tips to always keep in mind.

A guide to avoiding contractor scams and contacting the CSLB.

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Recognizing, preventing, and dealing with fraud.

Up to 99% of domestic violence victims experience economic abuse during an abusive relationship, and finances are often cited as the biggest barrier to leaving an abusive relationship. This resource describes what economic abuse is and what to do about it.

The free arbitration process when the car has serious issues.

Put your name on the registry, what you should expect when you register, and how to deal with unwanted telemarketing calls.

This guidebook is designed to help victims of financial abuse navigate the system so that if there is a chance for restitution that opportunity won"t be missed.

How do prepaid phone cards work? Where can I buy a card? Common fees and charges. Avoiding fraud.

Complaints within the board's jurisdiction involve failure of a licensed contractor to fulfill the terms of an agreement.

Have you received a letter informing you that your personal information may have gotten into the wrong hands?

How to clean up if you're a victim of ID theft or fraud.

Signs of fraud, tips for avoiding scams, and how to fight back.

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Find out how to replace vital documents, such as birth certificates, Social Security cards, and more. 1) Replace Lost or Stolen Identification (ID) Cards; 2) Vital Records Documents Issued in the United States; 3) How to Replace Your Lost or Destroyed Vital Documents; 4) Get a Copy of Your Birth Certificate; 5) Request a Replacement Marriage Certificate; 6) Request a Certified Copy of a Death Certificate Divorce Decrees and Certificates

The comprehensive guide to making purchases and dealing with companies.

When a salesperson appears at your home and pitches their sale to you.

This booklet is designed to explain your rights and responsibilities as an air traveler.

Questions to ask. How to cut remittance costs.

Negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, mediation, litigation, and arbitration.

"Slamming" is when your long distance service is switched without your permission.

You may be eligible for reimbursement if your lawyer has stolen from you.

Expectations can be written, spoken, or presumed.

Financial abuse, such as exploitation and fraud.