Fraud, Identity Theft, and Unethical Business Practices

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Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.

If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

State offices, district attorneys (DA), and government regulators.

You can request a free interpreter to be with you in court.

A court interpreter verbally translates (called “interpreting”) everything the judge and others say from spoken English into your primary language, and everything you say back into spoken English.

This resource has the answers to commonly asked questions about court interpreters, including how to ask for one.

The comprehensive guide to making purchases and dealing with companies.

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

Your rights when dealing with bad home equity loans.

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

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

Follow these steps to reclaim power from fraudsters and move forward.

Alphabetical Listing of Resources

Asset Management, Bank Accounts, Consumer Loans, Credit Scores, Credit Cards, Insurance, Mortgages, and Regulations.

Licenses, identity, deposits, and background checks.

Two federal laws " the Mail, Internet or Telephone Order Merchandise Rule and the Fair Credit Billing Act " offer protections and procedures so you don"t have to pay for merchandise you ordered but never got.

Services such as training, gyms, and fitness.

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

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

You can also call at 877-FTC-HELP.

Write one or more letters to a creditor, debt collector, or credit bureau to report identity theft.

It takes a little patience and knowledge of the dispute settlement procedures provided by the Fair Credit Billing Act (FCBA).

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.

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.

Reasons to file a complaint and how to make a successful complaint.

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

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.

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

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

Questions to ask. How to cut remittance costs.

Job scammers promise to help you if you pay them.

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

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

Recognizing, preventing, and dealing with fraud.

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

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.

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

Search for state and federal laws protecting consumers.

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.

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

Makes it possible for you to choose only those goods and services you want or need and to pay only for those you select, whether you are making arrangements when a death occurs or in advance.

Expectations can be written, spoken, or presumed.

Financial abuse, such as exploitation and fraud.

A guide to avoiding contractor scams and contacting the CSLB.