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Taking action as a victim of auto dealer fraud

When purchasing any type of item, you run some risk of being victim to fraud or dishonesty. However, the more expensive the item, the more there is to lose. When you are a victim of auto dealer fraud, there is also the added factor of compromised safety that may affect you.

Auto dealer fraud can come in many different forms, but it is essentially defined as the unlawful or deceptive practices that are exercised by car dealers. This could be deceptive marketing that is distributed by an otherwise reputable car dealer, or it could be a situation where a dealer has altered the state of the car in order to be able to deceptively sell it at a higher price.

How phone apps can invade your privacy

Since the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, all people with telephones in the United States have been protected from telephone harassment and additional inappropriate behavior relating to personal data.

However, times have changed almost unrecognizably since 1991, and in addition to telephones in the house, we are mostly dependent on smart phones that we keep in our pockets. Whats more, in addition to only making calls on these devices, we also enter our personal information into countless apps that have the ability to invade our privacy in many different ways. Therefore, as consumers in 2018, it is important to know what our rights are to privacy in the digital world.

Asserting your warranty rights in Minnesota

Buying a product in Minnesota, especially one of considerable value, always carries some risks. You can never ensure the quality of the product that you acquire before purchase. Therefore, it is important that you make sure any product of value is covered by a warranty so that you are protected in the event of a fault in the product becoming apparent. You should be sure that you are aware of the rights you have as a consumer.

In addition, it is a good idea to verify the type of warranty you will receive before you continue with any purchase. Not all warranties are equal, and the small print will usually reveal what your legal rights are.

What is the Fair Credit Reporting Act?

When a person is applying for a new job, in addition to being subjected to a series of interviews and performance-related tests, it is likely that he or she will also be subjected to background checks.

These background checks are supposed to give an insight into the general character of the potential employee, and they can provide an early warning system that will highlight any red flags that employers might want to know about before they commit to hiring someone.

Taking action after being victim of a scam

You might have been lured into what seemed like a good business deal either in person or online. The person seemed honest and it seemed like a great opportunity, but he or she took advantage of you.

Becoming victim to a consumer scam can be one of the most frustrating things. You will likely feel anger toward the person or business that scammed you and annoyed at yourself for going through with the deal, but you are also likely to have lost a significant amount of money.

Taking action against debt collector abuse

When you are struggling to pay off your debts and keep up with repayments, it can be one of the most stressful things when you have to deal with abusive debt collectors.

The government recognizes that accumulating debts puts a great strain on individuals and households alike. Therefore. they make sure that consumers are protected against unfair debt collection practices. As a consumer struggling with debts, it is important that you understand your rights so that you can exercise them if you fall victim to debt collector harassment.

Was my Minnesota car wrongfully repossessed?

There is little more disheartening than finding out that your car has been repossessed. It is likely that you count on your car for getting to work every day, going grocery shopping, and going out to meet friends. When your car is taken away from you, so is your freedom, and you will feel powerless to change that.

It is important to understand the law when it comes to repossession so that you can figure out whether you have been a victim of wrongful repossession. There are many protections in place for debtors like you, so if the repossession agency broke any of these regulations, they might have acted unlawfully.

Understanding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act

One of the most irritating annoyances in these times is spam or sales calls. They always seem to happen at the most inconvenient times; maybe you are trying to relax with your family or get some important work done in the office. They can even occur in the middle of the night, tricking you into believing it's an important call and disrupting your sleep.

Many people do not realize that there is something that can be done about these annoying calls that are seemingly impossible to stop. Although telemarketing itself is not usually illegal, there are certain limits that telemarketing companies must adhere to.

Online fakes are a relatively common scam

The Internet makes it easier than ever to find the products you want. Often, you can also find great deals on those products.

After all, it's the opposite of the effect you see in a baseball stadium or a movie theater, where the absolute lack of competition means they can charge whatever they want for food and drinks. On the Internet, the competition is never-ending. This pushes prices down farther than you'll find anywhere else, in many instances. Even a shopping mall with dozens of stores has less competition than the Internet.

More parents facing college debt and wage garnishment

The college debt crisis isn't just confined to students. Even parents are drowning in debt, having taken out expensive loans to put their kids through college.

One big difference is that students often trade those loans and that debt for the prospect of one day landing a better job with higher wages. The hope is that their education is an investment in the future.

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