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As technology continues to advance, robocalls become more common. These pesky calls can wreak havoc on your life. But what, exactly, do you need to know about robocalls?
Robocalls are phone calls with rerecorded messages. These calls have increased in recent years because technology has made it cheap and easy for robocallers to make calls from anywhere in the world while hiding their true identities, or allowing them to display fake caller ID information.
All calls with rerecorded telemarketing sales messages are illegal, unless you previously agreed to be called. However, some non-marketing robocalls may be legal, such as:
- Political calls
- Charitable calls
- School closings
- Public safety...
Many people think that consumer fraud only happens to customers who are unaware of the different types of fraudulent activity. However, even the savviest customer can fall victim to consumer fraud. But what, exactly, is consumer fraud?
Consumer fraud is defined as any deceptive practice that results in financial or other losses for consumers in the course of a seemingly legitimate business practice. According to the Federal Trade Commission, consumers report millions of dollars in theft and fraud each year.
Consumer fraud can take place in various forms, including:
- In person
With identity theft affecting millions of Americans per year, it is imperative to take steps to protect yourself. Check out this infographic to see if you're making common identity theft mistakes:
If you need help because your identity has been stolen, please call our attorneys at Markoff Leinberger today at 877-905-5161. We are proud to serve clients in Chicago and nationwide.
The credit card fraud attorneys at Markoff Leinberger in Chicago want you to understand how fraud and scams involving your credit happen. Our consumer protection attorneys want to share this information with hopes that more people just like you can be on alert for this kind of crime.
If you believe you were the victim of a credit card scam, please call our office at 877-905-5161 to schedule a free and informative consultation.
Three Scams All Consumers Should Know
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The credit reporting lawyers at Markoff Leinberger in Chicago want you to know that you have a legal right to access a complimentary copy of your credit report once a year from each of the three major credit reporting companies. Looking at your credit report on a regular basis is an important way to ensure that the information about your financial affairs is accurate, and to ward off attempts at identity theft. However, there are companies and scams that take...Read More
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, about 7% of people over the age of 16 in the United States are victims of identity theft every year. While this may seem like a relatively small number, it is anything but small to those who fall victim to this terrible crime.
Five simple and effective ways to protect yourself against identity theft are:
- Create a number of strong passwords for your online accounts. Do not use the same password for multiple accounts. Never use your email password for banking and change all passwords every 30 to 60 days.
- Keep hard copies of financial documents secure. Do not throw...
If you believe that you may have a claim that could be a part of a class action lawsuit, this presentation will help explain what class action suits are and how they work.
At Markoff Leinberger, our attorneys have a vast amount of experience with class-action lawsuits and can help you and your family join the right case and get the compensation you need and deserve. Contact us for a free case evaluation at (877) 905-5161. We proudly serve the community of Chicago, Illinois and nationwide.
The Holiday Season is a prime time for companies to heavily push their products. Many advertising practices are manipulative, but not necessarily illegal. However, false advertising or purposefully misleading consumers is a crime and one that the consumer protection attorneys at our Chicago office can help with. If you believe intentionally false or deliberately misleading advertising has caused you financial damage, call Markoff Leinberger at (877) 950-5161 to set up a free case evaluation and review your options.
False advertising, alternately known as deceptive advertising, occurs when a company intentionally uses vague, misleading, or deliberately untrue statements to sell a product. Truth-in-advertising laws are enforced by the Federal Trade Commission and applied to all possible methods of advertising. This includes print ads, ads on buses and billboards, and those on television. It also...Read More
If you work in the private sector and are salaried at less than $47,476 a year, you are now eligible for overtime pay. This new federal overtime rule modifies the existing Fair Labor Standards Act to eliminate exceptions for executive, administrative, and other professional employees, requiring companies to pay time and a half for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek. The new rule went into effect on December 1st, 2016 and, as kinks are worked out by private companies, overtime violations may see a temporary spike. If you have been cheated out of the overtime pay...Read More
How well do you understand the changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act that went into effect on December 1st? Take this quiz to find out. And if your rights under this new law have been violated, call us at (877) 905-5161 for a free consultation right away.