Civil fraud is misrepresentation of a material fact which unlawfully causes damage. In some situations it can be the failure to disclose a fact (an omission) which the law requires to be disclosed. Civil fraud is divided into statutory violations (e.g. federal or state securities fraud) and common law violations (fraud, misrepresentation, and deceit). It overlaps other areas of civil law such as consumer protection, investor protection, and business regulation. Criminal fraud is theft or embezzlement in violation of a specific statute.
Avoiding victimization through telemarketing fraud, investment schemes, and consumer scams.
Law, rules, and cases on consumer protection, predatory lending, unfair trade practices, and anti-trust.
Identity theft and fraud information from the United States Department of Justice.
Learn about and report check fraud.
Prevent and report fraud.
Investor protection and dispute resolution.
Reporting and preventing mail fraud.
Information on financial fraud remedies in Oregon and Washington.
Consumer advisories, enforcement reports, consumer complaint processes and additional program information. Federal government agency regulating investments in the commodity futures markets.
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