Another type of fraud that is common is consumer fraud. This fraud can be perpetrated more easily by someone who gets to know you face to face.
You can help prevent this type of problem by taking the following steps: 1) if you need a service provider or need to make a major purchase, try to get a personal referral or at least check out the person/company online; 2) don’t let anyone pressure you into making a quick decision 3) read any contracts thoroughly 4) only rely on what is written in the contract and ask for any guarantees or changes in contract terms to be in writing.
Certain types of activity may be covered by the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. If you file a suit under this act, and win, you may be entitled to additional damages and may also be able to recover reasonable attorneys fees. A business or consumer attorney can help you evaluate your situation and tell you the most efficient and financially feasible way to handle it.