Mail Order Fraud
Mail order fraud consists of any illegal scheme - carried out through the Unites States Postal Service or an affiliated mail provider - to deceitfully obtain money from an unsuspecting consumer. Every year, the U.S. Postal Service delivers more than 180 billion pieces of solicitation mail, some of which may be fraudulent.
Perpetrators of mail order fraud use a variety of seemingly legitimate or promising schemes to divest consumers of money or personal information. Mail order fraud or similar print advertisements consist of about one-third of all consumer fraud cases. It is imperative that consumers are aware of the different types of mail order fraud and how to protect themselves against these scams.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of mail order fraud, you may be eligible to file a class action consumer fraud lawsuit to seek compensation for your losses. Please contact us today to speak with a qualified attorney who can evaluate your case and inform you of your legal rights and options.
Common types of mail order fraud
Mail order fraud scams are committed in a variety of ways, which typically involve promising something to a consumer that will never be delivered. Perpetrators of mail fraud may promote products such as newspaper subscriptions at a discounted price in exchange for a consumer's personal information, which they then use to access financial accounts, steal identities, charge large amounts of money for products, and similar deceptive schemes. Some common types of mail order fraud scams include, but are not limited to:
Failing to deliver or misrepresenting mail order products - One of the simplest types of mail order fraud involves taking payments for products, which will never be delivered. In addition, some false or misleading advertisements may deceptively describe a product, which a consumer pays a considerable sum for only to find out that the product is not what they expected. Selling defective or stolen merchandise is also common.
Impersonation schemes - A number of mail order fraud perpetrators will misrepresent their identities (such as claiming to be tax authorities) and deliver fake documents or phony requests to obtain personal information from consumers.
Solicitations - Requests for donations for bogus charities or religious organizations, pyramid (work-at-home) schemes, foreign lotteries, and chain letter schemes are all ways in which a perpetrator of mail order fraud scams a well-meaning consumer.
Protect yourself against mail order fraud
Consumers can use several tactics to help protect themselves against mail order fraud. The U.S. Postal Service and other government entities advise consumers to discard any mail that doesn't reveal the name or contact information of a company, any mail that resembles a government solicitation (the government doesn't ask citizens for money), or any mail that requests financial or personal information up front. Furthermore, consumers can research the legitimacy of a company through several government agency databases.
Have you been a victim of mail order fraud
If you or someone you know has been a victim of mail order fraud, you should file a complaint with the U.S. Postal Service. In addition, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the perpetrators of mail order fraud to recover your losses. It is wise to get the early advice of a qualified consumer fraud attorney who will protect your legal rights and maximize your interests. Please contact us today to learn more information about mail order fraud cases or to speak with an experienced attorney FREE of charge.