The Top Seven Consumer Complaints in 2017
Unfortunately, consumer fraud remains a major problem in the state of Florida. On December 28th, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) released its annual report on consumer fraud and consumer complaints. In 2017, the agency received more than 40,000 separate complaints from Florida consumers. Undoubtedly, this figure only represents a small percentage of the total fraud that took place in the state. Here, our skilled West Palm Beach consumer fraud attorneys highlight the top seven most common consumer complaints for the year 2017 and we explain what you should do if you believe that you have been a victim of consumer fraud.
The Most Common Consumer Complaints in Florida
- Do not call list violations
- Landlord/tenant disputes
- Fuel/petroleum scams
- Automobile repair fraud
- Medical billing fraud
- Travel/vacation scams
- Construction/contractor fraud claims
Protect Your Rights: Four Things that Consumer Fraud Victims Must Do
- Identify the Fraud
The first (and sometimes most difficult) step in fighting back against consumer fraud is actually recognizing the fraud. In some cases, consumer fraud will become obvious rather quickly. However, in other cases, it can linger under the surface for a considerable amount of time. Florida consumers must always remain vigilant. If you sense that you or one of your loved ones has been taken advantage of by a business or a scammer, you need to follow up on the issue.
- Report the Incident to Authorities
All incidents of consumer fraud should be reported to the appropriate authorities. There are both state and federal agencies that may be able to help you deal with the fraud. The best thing you can do to start the process is to reach out to the Florida Attorney General by calling their office at 1-866-966-7226.
- Take Necessary Action to Protect Yourself
Next, you need to take immediate action to protect yourself from being victimized in any additional ways. You should consider contacting the credit reporting agencies to set up a credit freeze to make sure that no illegitimate accounts can be opened up in your name. If a scammer has your sensitive personal or financial information, you could still be at risk. You need to protect yourself.
- Consult With a Florida Consumer Fraud Attorney
Finally, you need to speak with an experienced legal professional who can help you assess your options for getting your money back. While state and federal authorities do sometimes recover compensation for victims, that is sadly not the norm. To hold a scammer fully accountable for your losses, you will need to seek assistance from a qualified Miami consumer fraud lawyer.
Request Your Free Consumer Fraud Consultation Today
At Pike & Lustig, LLP, our highly qualified South Florida fraud attorneys are committed to fighting for the legal rights of victims. We will work aggressively to help you obtain money for your losses. If you or your family member was a victim of consumer fraud, please contact our law firm today to request a free case evaluation.