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.

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

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

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

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

Search for state and federal laws protecting consumers.

Expectations can be written, spoken, or presumed.

Your rights when dealing with bad home equity loans.

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

Licenses, identity, deposits, and background checks.

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

Job scammers promise to help you if you pay them.

Services such as training, gyms, and fitness.

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

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

The comprehensive guide to making purchases and dealing with companies.

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

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.

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.

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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.

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

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

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

You can also call at 877-FTC-HELP.

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

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

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.

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.

Questions to ask. How to cut remittance costs.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

Financial abuse, such as exploitation and fraud.

A guide to avoiding contractor scams and contacting the CSLB.