Internet complaints lead state’s top 10 consumer frauds

For 12 years, internet complaints have led the New York state attorney general’s annual list of top 10 consumer frauds.
Internet complaints increased by nearly 12 percent last year to 5,153.
The dark side of the internet can be seen as evidence of the growing and far-reaching impacts of digital technology on 21st century life.
The category includes problems ranging from the annoying to the alarming: slow internet performance, spam, free speech issues, privacy, spyware and malware, security threats, identity theft, consumer frauds, cyberbullying and distribution of child pornography.
Consumer fraud complaints increased by 1 percent overall to 19,944, according to Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.
An old technology, automobiles, ranked second in consumer fraud. Complaints declined by 7 percent, but still accounted for a hefty 3,188 cases, including buying, leasing and renting cars, as well as repairs and service contracts.
The state’s Lemon Laws offer some remedies. Customers might be able to get full refunds …
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AG’s office lists top ten forms of fraud in New York for 2017


The state Attorney General’s office released a list breaking down the top ten forms of fraud reported in New York in 2017 to help residents avoid future scams.“The best weapon against fraud is an informed consumer,” said Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, in a provided statement. “Fraudsters will always look for new ways to line their pockets at the expense of unsuspecting consumers. I encourage New Yorkers to educate themselves – and to continue reporting scams to my office, so that we can continue to crack down on scammers seeking to take advantage of New York consumers.”Consumers are able to submit a complaint to the AG’s office by calling 1-800-771-7755.The top ten frauds in New York, and number of complaints filed to the AG’s office in 2017 are:10: Mortgage (799)This form of fraud includes mortgage modifications, broker fraud and foreclosures. The AG’s …
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CalRVDA Members are Briefed on ‘Lemon Laws’

There are many legal strategies for dealing with Lemon Law disputes, but the best way to preempt such claims is to simply to keep your customers happy.
“Happy customers don’t sue. Do what you can to keep the customer happy. Treat them well,” Amanda Heitz, an associate attorney with Minneapolis, Minn.-based Bowman and Brooke LLP, one of the nation’s top law firms specializing in product liability disputes, told dealers at last week’s (Feb. 22) California Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association’s (CalRVDA) annual meeting.
Heitz and Richard L. Stuhlbarg, a partner with Bowman and Brooke, which has tried cases in more than 350 courthouses in 48 states as well as Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and several Canadian provinces, offered their advice on ways dealers can work to protect themselves from Lemon Law complaints during CalRVDA’s annual gathering at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, …
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Office of Consumer Affairs Reminds Consumers of Lemon Law Rights

BOSTON, MA (February 26, 2018) —Presidents’ Day weekend is often when many auto dealerships offer their first major sales event of the year. The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation is reminding consumers who purchased a vehicle this month of their Lemon Law rights should their new or used vehicle have problems.“The Lemon Laws are intended to give consumers some recourse should their vehicle have problems which impact their safety or their ability to drive it, said Undersecretary John Chapman from the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation.  “Time is of the essence when applying these laws to a vehicle purchase so it’s important that consumers know the steps they must take.”

New and used cars that are purchased for personal or family use from a Massachusetts dealership are protected under the Massachusetts Lemon Laws.  These protections are in addition to any manufacturer’s warranty that may be …
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Republicans Aren’t Going to Pass Gun Control Laws Any Time Soon – But the Media’s Role in Gun Violence Can Be Fixed Now

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So far in 2018, the U.S. has seen nearly one mass shooting per day. People are dying out there, so let’s be pragmatic. As long as the NRA has its moneyed grip on Republican elected officials, it’s nearly impossible for gun control legislation to pass. Even the last time Democrats controlled the House from 2009 to 2011, they couldn’t summon the political power to pass smart gun laws. By no means should we end our demand for such legislation. But at the same time, let’s consider other ways to deter future violence. A good way to start is by implementing higher journalistic standards for the way the media talk about mass shootings.There are a few, fairly simple quick-fixes that the mainstream media, especially 24-hour television news networks, can implement to help prevent future shootings.Stop Using Killers’ Names to Prevent CopycatsThe media has …
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