The attorneys at Markoff Leinberger help consumers with a variety of everyday threats and issues involving debt collectors, lenders, credit bureaus, retailers, and other businesses. The consumer fraud cases we handle tend to vary widely due to the ever-changing tactics employed by scammers.
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At Markoff Leinberger, we understand that many victims of consumer fraud suddenly find themselves in need of legal representation but unable to pay a qualified lawyer’s hourly rate. That is exactly why we work on a contingency fee basis.
What does this mean for you? Put simply, it means we don’t earn any money if you don’t.
In Illinois, it is considered a violation of our state’s Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act when a business uses unfair or deceptive practices. These practices — which include false advertising, misrepresentation, and omission of information — often victimize innocent consumers and cause them a financial or personal loss.
If something like this has happened to you, you may have a consumer fraud case. However, the window of time in which you can initiate legal proceedings is closing fast.
Consumer fraud covers a broad array of deceptive and illegal practices performed with the intent to cheat others. Some of the most common types of consumer fraud include identity theft, credit card fraud, unethical debt collection, false advertising, wage theft, and overtime violations. Below, discover tactics that perpetrators use in these situations to violate your rights.
Some people will do anything to make money. Fortunately, consumer laws exist to deter businesses from engaging in fraudulent or deceptive practices. These laws also offer potential remedies to victims of consumer fraud, such as financial compensation for damages.
When you purchase most items in Illinois, you are charged a sales tax. Sales tax in Illinois is 6.25 percent or higher on general merchandise. Certain foods, drugs, and medical devices come with a one percent sales tax. In most cases, when you change your mind about a purchase and return an item, your refund amount should include the sales tax you paid.
Businesses are expected to treat consumers fairly and can be held accountable when they fail to uphold this obligation. You can protect yourself from unfair business practices by becoming aware of common types of consumer fraud and learning how to stand up for your rights if you are a victim.
Taking action against a business that engages in unfair practices can be intimidating and complex. The consumer protection attorneys at Markoff Leinberger have decades of experience and can help you fight back against unfair business practices.
In today's society, there are many ways to be scammed or fraudulently conned out of money. From telephone scams targeting senior citizens to sophisticated phishing scams that even a computer-savvy millennial might fall for, consumers need to be ever-vigilant in keeping their sensitive information and bank accounts safe.
False advertising is a deceitful and potentially dangerous form of consumer fraud. Unfortunately, many companies think they can get away with lying to the public to sell products. At Markoff Leinberger, we believe companies that defraud consumers should be held accountable. Here is a guide to the seven types of false advertising that we deal with regularly:
The short answer to the question of whether it's illegal not to refund sales tax is yes. If you bought something and paid sales tax for it, then you should receive that same sales tax back if you return the item. In general, this should happen regardless of location, and regardless of whether or not you bought the item online.