Fraud, Identity Theft, and Unethical Business Practices

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

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 comprehensive guide to making purchases and dealing with companies.

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

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

Expectations can be written, spoken, or presumed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Questions to ask. How to cut remittance costs.

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

Financial abuse, such as exploitation and fraud.

This guide offers suggestions to help you get results when you have a problem with the purchase of goods or services. It explains the proper way to make a complaint, and also discusses using government agencies, consumer groups, lawyers and small claims court. A sample complaint letter and a list of compliant-handling agencies are included.

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

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

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.

The free arbitration process when the car has serious issues.

You can also call at 877-FTC-HELP.

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

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

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

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

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.

If you experienced illegal treatment from a business or seen illegal activity such a price gouging, you are able to file a complaint.

If you have been a victim of a scam or fraud you have a right to file a complaint to the federal trade commission.

Experiencing a problem with a financial product or service? Such as loans, debt, money transfers or credit. File a complaint with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

As an employee you have the right to file a complaint about workplace and health saftey.

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

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.

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.

This website allows you to report idenity theft and helps set up a recovery plan.

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

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

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

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.