Falling victim to a scam is a scary feeling. Unfortunately, there are more and more scammers trying to part you from your hard-earned money these days. But what exactly is a scam, and what can you do if you feel you have been fraudulently taken advantage of?
In some cases, because of the relationship inherent, such as doctor-patient, or stockbroker-client, there is a duty to disclose. The failure to disclose is fraudulent suppression.
For example: a patient has a brow lift performed by a plastic surgeon. A needle tip breaks off and in her scalp and causes problems post-operation. The surgeon did not tell the patient what had happened. This is fraudulent, and a possible medical malpractice case.
Another example of fraudulent suppression is this: you have your car repaired by a body shop or mechanic who tells you that new parts will be used. You find out later, after having some car trouble, that used parts had been used in repairing your car. This is a failure to disclose, and it is fraudulent.
Another thing to be aware of and to avoid: posting pictures on social media when you get the Covid vaccine. Many people post the actual card you receive after having the vaccine. This is a huge security risk.
There is personal information on that card that scammers can use to steal your identity. Sometimes scammers take the time to build a profile on one person and keep collecting bits of information until they have enough to steal a person’s identity.
Posting personal information on social media that has any kind of specific identifier, such as the above-mentioned details of a vaccine, is what scammers look for and rely upon to steal your identity.
If you think you have been scammed, or believe your are a victim of fraudulent suppression, please consult our Online Legal Directory to find an attorney in your area.