Quick Advice If You Have Been Involved In A Retail Scam


Some people will do anything to make money even if it involves shady business practices. There have been countless scams targeting consumers over the years. The public needs to be aware of their rights and their options should they become a target of these bad elements. Here are a few pertinent advice about retail scams:

What to Do If You Fell Victim to a Scam

Hold on to all the evidence that you have been a victim of deceptive business practices. The paper trail is particularly important as it will help in the prosecution of the offender if the case reaches the courts. Ask for assistance from the local consumer protection agency. There is one in every state that monitors scams. The staff can help to verify what type of scam was committed and who the likely perpetrators are. For large fraudulent schemes, even the FBI may get involved in the case.

Getting Your Money Back

It can be extremely difficult to get your money back. However, this may be accomplished if you were charged via credit card. Just file a dispute with the bank. The same goes for phone bills and utilities. Dispute the charges with the company. Even online auction sites have implemented anti-fraud measures like customer insurance. Inform them of the fraudulent transaction so that they can bar the offender from the site and provide compensation.

Filing a Complaint

Once you have verified that you were indeed scammed, you have every right to file a complaint. You can file with the Better Business Bureau or any pertinent local government agency. You may also want to go to Fraud.org to seek their assistance. They can forward your complaint to the most appropriate body for immediate action. If you are unsatisfied with the pace of your case, then seek persons in the media to cover your story.

How to Handle Unwanted Deliveries

There are a lot of scams wherein people receive deliveries for items they didn’t buy. They may later on find that they have been charged for these without their consent. Dispute the charges and ask for proof of order. Offer to return the items. Be careful not to sign up for memberships and free trials if they aren’t necessary.

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Legal Terms Everyone Needs To Know


Sooner or later, virtually everyone has to consult a lawyer whether it is for a home purchase, family issues, business transaction or other concern that needs legal representation. When that happens, many individuals are often caught up with legal terms and have no clue as to their meaning. Here’s a list of legal terms that everyone should know before walking into an attorney’s office.


This word tells someone that you can be believed. Credibility is essential to every lawsuit and means that you or another individuals is trustworthy and honest. Credibility is an ongoing issue, starting with being open with your lawyer continuing through deposition and during trial testimony.


This term refers to the amount of money an individual recovers in a lawsuit. It can include lost wages, lost profit, out-of-pocket costs and more. The idea is that damages suffered are losses that may be recovered in a lawsuit.


A default occurs when the court prevents a plaintiff or defendant from advancing their case  because they have failed to do what was required by the law. Defaults may be lifted when compliance occurs.


The defendant is the person defending himself or herself in a lawsuit, or someone who has been accused of wrongdoing.


This is the process that permits both sides of a lawsuit to file papers requesting the other side to furnish information. When one side requests discovery, the information must be furnished in a short amount of time, usually 30 days or less.


A docket is the manner in which the court keeps track of a case. When a case is “on the docket,” it means it is schedule for some kind of hearing.


This term means that the defendant is responsible for damages. In other words, one party is liable for damages suffered by the other.


Malpractice can be difficult to define. In order to prove malpractice, four things need to be proved: a duty to provide care to the patient; failure to provide care in accordance with community standards; failure to provide treatment was a substantial cause of injury, and; the patient or client suffered an injury requiring compensation.


The basic definition of negligence is one individual has a duty to another individual,with the first party breaking the duty, resulting in a compensable injury to the other party. Negligence may be applied to a wide range of situations.


Also called a claimant, this is the person who brings a lawsuit to recover damages from wrongs committed by a defendant.

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Can You Get A DUI From Prescription Meds And OTC Medications?

103576988Driving Under Influence isn’t limited to intoxication from alcohol. Plenty of defendants were charged because they ingested other substances that impaired their ability to drive, hence putting the public at risk. Some of these are prescription and over-the-counter medications. Be sure to look into the side effects of whatever drugs you are taking. Exercise caution by avoiding the wheel until after the effects have subsided.

Cold and Allergy Medications

It is common to get colds and allergic reactions. When you take medications to banish their symptoms, you are also probably ingesting sedatives that might cause drowsiness. Others have stimulants that increase nervousness. These ingredients are the reason why many of them come with warnings on the label that they should not be taken by those intending to drive. These might not be prohibited drugs but their effects can be just as dangerous and so charges may be filed against violators.


There are many classes of painkillers. If you are going to drive, be sure to take those that trigger significant intoxication. Stick to ibuprofen, aspirin and acetaminophen. Avoid things like codeine and morphine as they are potent sedatives that often leave people very sleepy. The last thing you want to do is fall asleep at the wheel and cause accidents that could endanger your life or somebody else’s. Even at a low dose, reaction time will become impaired and sometimes those split-second decisions make the difference between life and death.

Weight Loss Medications

Prescription meds for weight loss may contain amphetamine which is a powerful stimulant. It is also addictive so it should only be taken under the strict directions of a physician. Even a small dose is enough to trigger anxiety and paranoia which can adversely affect driving behavior. Patients taking this drug should refrain from driving as their decision-making may be impaired.

Should you be caught by a law enforcer with medication DUI, call a defense attorney immediately. It will be difficult to convince an officer that the meds were for a real health issue. A savvy lawyer will be able to get your case dismissed or at least lower the penalty.

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