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Account Takeover via Mobile Payments Now Drives Largest Fraud Losses

By Jeff Brown |

According to a new consumer fraud report, account takeover (ATO) now drives the largest fraud losses, whereby phishing remains a strong, vital part of the fraud. ATO occurs when a scammer impersonates a consumer in order to steal from their account. It is on the rise in large part due to various data breaches… Read More »

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Wells Fargo’s $480 Million Settlement Draws Attention to Potential 401(k) Consumer Fraud

By Jeff Brown |

The bank chain Wells Fargo is once again in hot water over its fake customer/consumer fraud account scam. In May, the banking company agreed to pay $480 million to put to rest claims that it misled shareholders about these sales practices and its fake-accounts scandal. Federal law requires that companies like Wells Fargo warn… Read More »

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Florida Students Found To Be At Risk of Lead Exposure

By Jeff Brown |

On June 5th, health experts warned that Florida’s children are likely being exposed to heightened levels of lead in their school drinking water on a regular basis. This exposure can lead to aggressive behavior and IQ loss, amongst other symptoms and illnesses. Tests were conducted in 16 cities in the state’s capital, all of… Read More »

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The Latest Consumer Fraud: Cell Phone Accounts

By Jeff Brown |

Cell phone account fraud is the latest consumer fraud privacy threat keeping consumers up at night. Criminals open up phone cell phone accounts, and use them to access others’ bank accounts, open new credit cards, or sell information for other criminals to use. In 2017 alone, the number of victims increased 63 percent from… Read More »

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Significant Consumer Fraud Equifax Breach Reportedly Goes Unaddressed

By Jeff Brown |

Even though the Equifax data breach and subsequent consumer fraud-related harm that occurred happened last year, new reporting reveals that the government still has not acted, and may now even be taking steps to reduce consumer rights’ to file consumer fraud complaints. Specifically, a new report reveals that the Consumer Fraud Protection Bureau has… Read More »

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Wells Fargo Now Facing $1 Billion in Civil Penalties over Consumer Fraud Issues

By Jeff Brown |

In what has emerged as one of the biggest consumer fraud issues of the last decade, federal regulators now want Wells Fargo & Co. to pay up to $1 billion in civil penalties in conjunction with the customer-account scandal that emerged in 2016—likely among the largest fines in financial services history. Last year, the… Read More »

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February 2018 Consumer Fraud Update

By Jeff Brown |

In the month of February, progress was made around the country in affording greater consumer protection to victims of consumer fraud. Below, we discuss some of these legal updates: Regardless Of Net Neutrality, Cable Companies Cannot Defraud Customers A February ruling by a New York Supreme Court judge could set the tone for consumer… Read More »

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Better Business Bureau Report Reveals Riskiest Consumer Fraud Scams of 2017

By Jeff Brown |

According to a new report from the Better Business Bureau, online purchase scams are now the riskiest form of consumer fraud out there, moving up from the fourth spot in 2016, to the first in 2017. While young people were the highest at risk as a group in general, money lost was highest for… Read More »

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Protecting Senior Citizens from Consumer Fraud

By Jeff Brown |

Unfortunately, when it comes to consumer fraud, Florida’s senior citizens are frequently the target. It is often assumed that our senior community has accumulated assets such as retirement accounts, a home, Social Security, savings, etc. In addition, many also assume that the elderly are also less able to keep track of their assets as… Read More »

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New Report Highlights That Consumers Are At Risk from Contaminated Products

By Jeff Brown |

A new report highlighted by The New York Times reported that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken too long to get food products off store shelves after associated hazards were reported. Specifically, despite having the necessary authority, the agency did not move quickly enough to protect consumers. The inspector general at the… Read More »

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Student Debt “Slavery”: A Serious Consumer Protection Issue

By Jeff Brown |

Huffington Post recently did a two-part series on the second highest consumer debt category (next to mortgage debt): student debt; graduates leaving their education with massive debts on their backs. Unfortunately, student debt isn’t just a consumer debt issue, but a consumer fraud issue as well. For example, in 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection… Read More »

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Rent-A-Center Consumer Fraud & Harassment Issues Nationwide

By Jeff Brown |

Regulations are in place precisely so that consumers are protected from harassment from various industries. However, when it comes to the rent-to-own industry, things can get tricky: companies will sometimes try to operate outside of consumer protection laws. One such issue was recently highlighted in an article by NerdWallet, highlighting the many headaches brought… Read More »

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143 Million American Consumers Exposed In Equifax Hack

By Jeff Brown |

On September 7th, Equifax announced that it had been hacked, and in the process, the data of 143 million Americans was exposed. The breach is, as one senator described it, “profoundly troubling,” and highlights numerous issues linked to consumer fraud and protection from consumer fraud. It also calls into question the process by which… Read More »

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Consumer Fraud Lawsuits Filed Against Opioid Manufacturer

By Jeff Brown |

On October 5th, the state of New Jersey filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against INSYS Therapeutics, makers of the opioid fentanyl product “Subsys.” The state’s attorney general accused the drug manufacturer of blatant disregard for the law in its aggressive marketing of the drug, which allegedly placed many lives at risk and killed at… Read More »

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Rollback of Consumer Protections in Higher Education Leaves Commercial Litigation Attorneys Busy

By Jeff Brown |

Many are concerned about consumer fraud in student loan debt collection since the new administration has been in place; specifically, about the erosion of civil liberties and consumer protections. As a result of the various actions taken recently by the Department of Education to deregulate protection is for student loan borrowers, there is a… Read More »

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Rule Alleviating Bank Consumer Fraud Potentially In Jeopardy

By Jeff Brown |

A battle over what’s best for consumers who are victims of consumer fraud at the hands of banks and other financial institutions is brewing in Congress: In July, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau banned banks and other financial institutions from forcing customers to agree to arbitration instead of class action lawsuits if they were… Read More »

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A Look at Serious Consumer Fraud Issue Hitting Florida

By Jeff Brown |

One of the biggest consumer fraud issues that has emerged in states like Florida involves the use of skimmers, which are electronic credit card readers that thieves put into fuel pumps. Once inside, they can capture personal information such as identification numbers, account information, and zip codes when the customer punches them in at… Read More »

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Florida Consumer Fraud Update

By Jeff Brown |

From new litigation against large companies, to actions taken by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Florida citizens should be aware of the latest updates in consumer fraud litigation (as discussed below): CenturyLink Telecommunications company CenturyLink faces a growing legal battle as consumer fraud litigation has now been filed against them in Arizona, California, Colorado,… Read More »

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Consumer Fraud

By Jeff Brown |

Having practiced commercial litigation for many years here in Boca Raton, we’ve seen and helped clients with a fair share of consumer fraud cases. While sometimes your best form of protection is to Google a company before you purchase a product or provide them with any personal information–as well as make sure you read… Read More »

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Florida’s Drug Treatment Industry Plagued by Fraud

By Jeff Brown |

NBC News recently covered a frightening phenomenon happening here at home in Florida: the billion-dollar drug treatment industry that is recruiting addicts, harming them, and in some instances, killing them, all while pretending to be in the business of drug addiction reform. Arguably, it is a new form of consumer fraud which has reared… Read More »

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