Unfortunately, almost all forms of consumer fraud occur on a daily basis throughout Virginia, including deception, fraud, false pretenses, false promises, or misrepresentations in connection with a purchase of goods or services.
There are many different forms of consumer fraud. Unfortunately, almost all forms of consumer fraud occur on a daily basis throughout Virginia. In addition to traditional common law claims, the Virginia Consumer Protection Act prohibits businesses and/or certain individuals from using any deception, fraud, false pretenses, false promises, or misrepresentations in connection with a consumer transaction or charging upfront fees for foreclosure prevention services. Some of the most common violations of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act occur when a business or seller:
- Misrepresent that goods or services are of a particular quality, grade, style or model;
- Paying upfront fees for foreclosure rescue services;
- Misrepresent that repairs, alterations or modifications have been performed;
- Fail to disclose conditions or charges relating to the return of goods for a refund or exchange;
- Misrepresent the geographic origin of goods or services;
- Sell goods that are used, secondhand, repossessed, or blemished without clearly indicating in the offer for sale that the goods are used, secondhand, repossessed, or blemished.
Call our attorneys today if you were a victim of any of deceptive or fraudulent practices when purchasing goods or services. There is no threshold amount to trigger the protections of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act, which also allows consumers to be awarded their attorneys fees and court costs in addition to their damages. Thus, even if the consumer transaction does not involve a large amount of money, you may be able to obtain your damages and have the business or seller pay your attorneys fees and costs. In addition, under certain circumstances, the statute allows consumers to be awarded three times their actual damages sustained to deter businesses from engaging in similar conduct. If you have been a victim of any type of consumer fraud, please call our attorneys today.