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Know what unfair trade practices are unlawful in West Virginia

State and federal government regulators often share messages such as "buyer beware" and "if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is" when letting consumers know how to keep themselves and their money safe. They do this in hopes that they won't fall victim to false advertising, dishonest sales tactics and other deceptive trade practices. Many Charleston residents do, though. West Virginia lawmakers have passed various laws in recent years aimed at protecting consumers and discouraging would-be schemers from engaging in unlawful practices.

Don't fall victim to these sneaky car sales tactics

Car salesmen can be very deceptive. They sometimes use unethical tactics to try to entice you to purchase a vehicle. They even do things to push the overall cost of the vehicle higher. They may try to accomplish this by increasing the interest rate or extending the payment period.

Seniors: Beware of fraudulent business practices targeting you!

Seniors tend to be the most susceptible to fraud. A recent American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) study revealed that 83% of the wealth in the United States is held by those over the age of 50. That same research revealed that those individuals in their 70s and 80s have the highest net worth. This is why this age group is often defrauded.

What you need to know about warranty contracts

Customers enter into contracts with businesses for various reasons. They may do so in hopes of purchasing a product from them. Consumers may also enter into an agreement with a company in hopes of getting them to perform some type of service that they need. Either way, it can cause a lot of problems when a business breaches their contract that they've entered into or warranty that they've extended to a customer.

What laws protect your consumer rights here in West Virginia?

The concept of caveat emptor or buyer beware doesn't apply when it comes to individuals who engage in deceptive business practices. There are two entities, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB), that aim to protect consumers from business fraud. There are also many consumer protection laws on the books that protect Americans from unfair, deceptive and/or anti-competitive business practices.

State lawmakers take a stand against coronavirus scammers

It seems that this coronavirus crisis has brought out the worse in some people. This is what prompted California's Attorney General (AG) to file suit against some face mask distributors in the past few days. In his filing, he alleged that these individuals are preying upon the vulnerabilities of unsuspecting consumers by charging excessive prices for medical supplies like these. Laws that prohibit price gauging exist in California and here in West Virginia.

2 students teach West Virginia lawmakers about vaping dangers

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) recently reported that the number of high schoolers who vape in the state has increased by 150% over the past three years. This announcement comes at a time when government officials are busy investigating the health dangers associated with vaping or e-cigarette devices.

Hold parties accountable for engaging in deceptive advertising

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has a certain standard that they refer to as "Truth in Advertising" that all marketing campaigns must adhere to. It doesn't matter what format marketing efforts come in either. Federal law requires all advertising efforts to be truthful and never deceptive.

West Virginia's attorney general warns of a Social Security scam

West Virginia's attorney general (AG) issued a public warning to state residents to be on the lookout for the latest Social Security (SS) scam earlier this week. He pointed out that many individuals have been receiving calls from individuals purporting to be calling from the attorney general's office in recent weeks. The caller requests the target individual's Social Security number (SSN) once they get them on the phone.

What unlawful activities constitute auto dealer fraud?

If you think back to how car salespeople are depicted on television, they're often described as dirty, sleazy and other negative terms. Thankfully, these words don't describe all individuals who sell cars for a living. There are some unprofessional, unethical and illegal behaviors that some car salespeople have historically engaged in that have painted them in a bad light though.

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