Maitland Business & Consumer Fraud Attorney
For all the headlines that bank robberies and burglaries get, these types of crimes are just a drop in the bucket when it comes to the total amount of financial loss caused by theft. A much more pervasive and impactful form of theft is consumer fraud, which causes nearly $9 billion in damages, annually, across the US. Consumer fraud comes in many forms, but it is often committed by some of the largest companies, including pharmaceutical companies, banks and other financial institutions, insurance companies, medical device manufacturers, and consumer product manufacturers to use unfair and deceptive trade practices to defraud consumers. Another common form of fraud is business fraud, which includes everything from payroll fraud to misappropriation of company assets. Business fraud can quickly drain a company’s assets, tarnish the business’s reputation, and force owners to close up shop in a matter of months. If you were defrauded as a consumer or as a business owner, the Maitland business & consumer fraud attorneys at the Hornsby Law Group can help you seek compensation for your damages.
Consumer fraud has been committed by a company, or individual, that knowingly makes false statements about a product or service, that fails to deliver on promises, or otherwise financially harms consumers by using unfair, false, or deceptive tactics. Consumer fraud may be as simple as overcharging for a product, or more difficult to prove, such as a used car dealer hiding facts about the condition of a vehicle.
Identity Theft and Other Consumer Fraud
Companies and individuals who engage in scams, either by phishing emails, robocalls/texts, or any of the other schemes listed below, are actually committing consumer fraud as well as Florida state or federal crimes. In addition to potential criminal charges, these parties can be sued for damages by their victims, including punitive damages.
- Cashier’s Check Fraud
- Advance Fee Fraud
- Nigerian Scam Fraud
- Identity Theft
- Fictitious/Unauthorized Banking
- Debt Elimination Fraud
- High Yield Investment Fraud (Prime Bank Fraud)
Businesses all throughout Florida are the victims of fraud committed by owners, partners, employees, and third parties. Any form of fraud can cripple a business’s reputation, as well as its financial well-being. A few common types of fraud that employees, managers, partners, and other parties engage in to defraud businesses include the following:
- Payroll Fraud
- Financial Statement Fraud
- Return Fraud
- Misappropriation of Assets
- Identify Theft
- Tax Fraud
- Invoice Fraud
Call a Maitland Business and Consumer Fraud Attorney Today
Whether you have been defrauded by a small company or a mega corporation, we can help you hold that party accountable. Similarly, if you are a business owner and have suffered a financial loss due to any form of business fraud, we are here to help you take the next steps in regaining your business’s financial footing. The Maitland business and consumer fraud attorneys at the Hornsby Law Group will never stop fighting for your rights. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.