New Jersey Consumer Protection Lawyers
Representing Victims of Fraud Throughout New Jersey
Businesses, corporations or individuals that deceive or manipulate their clients for personal financial gain at their clients’ expense are guilty of consumer fraud. These groups target and victimize consumers, thus violating state and federal consumer protection laws concerning best business practices, sales and lending. The fallout of a scam is often thousands of dollars and can permanently affect the livelihood of its targets. When fraud occurs, victims need to partner with a skilled law firm to protect their rights and bring the guilty parties to justice.
Types of Consumer Fraud and Possible Perpetrators
Consumer fraud affects millions of Americans on a regular basis and is committed by all types of companies and business professionals, including:
- Financial institutions, such as banks and insurance companies, when they embezzle their clients’ money or refuse to issue agreed upon payments.
- Product manufacturers are guilty if they promote known defective products or misrepresent a product to encourage more purchases.
- Investors that perform unauthorized trades with their clients’ money or who misrepresent investment data.
- Auto dealers and manufacturers when they encourage consumers to purchase defective vehicles, coerce them into paying more than a vehicle is worth or tamper with the odometer to falsify a vehicle’s actual mileage.
- Working professionals commit fraud if they break the legally binding contracts they have with their clients.
- Identity thieves defraud their victims by stealing confidential personal information such as credit card information and Social Security numbers.
Other examples of consumer fraud include:
Unscrupulous companies will pose as legitimate charities to steal money from unsuspecting, sympathetic victims.
Scam operators posing as property managers or realtors charge homeowners high fees to sell their home or keep them from going into foreclosure, then renege on their agreements.
Fraudulent job postings seek personal data from an applicant when there is no actual job for any legitimate company.
Fake lotteries promise big payouts but don’t deliver or require “winners” to pay a fee to receive their prizes.
Predatory lenders encourage clients to engage in unscrupulous business practices in order to receive a loan. They often charge high fees for their services. Partnering with a predatory lender can lead homeowners into foreclosure.
Individuals are invited to join companies requiring them to recruit more sellers in order to make money versus actually selling product for profit.
Telephone and E-mail Scams
Individuals may receive phone calls or e-mails from someone claiming to be a government official, medical worker, salesman or the representative from a charity. Scammers will pressure their targets into giving out confidential information.
New Jersey Consumer Fraud Lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP are a Resource for Victims Seeking Legal Representation
If you lost money during a scam or fraud, you need legal protection and representation. Our New Jersey fraud lawyers help the victims of consumer fraud receive the financial compensation they deserve following fraud and wrongdoing. When businesses take advantage of you, we step in to hold them accountable for their actions. At Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP, our team is dedicated to helping victims of consumer fraud.
Call us today at 1-732-777-0100 or contact us online to schedule your complimentary case review at our offices in Red Bank, Toms River or Edison, New Jersey.