Fraud Law

What It Is

Fraud happens when one person takes advantage of another person using deceitful methods or false pretenses. There's many ways that you can be a victim of fraud, from identity theft to hiding community property assets--fraudsters can deceive you by using false statements or even fake identities! Before you know it, you are the victim, or even the unknown accomplice, to someone's schemes, tricks and scams. Fraudsters seek out the desperate and careless, claiming that they want to solve your problems, find a romance partner, or even rent you a room.

What We Believe

We know from personal experience that there is nothing more disheartening than knowing that your identity was stolen or that you're the victim of a fraud. At times like this, you just want the world to stop moving and for someone to listen to you, but those who supposedly care, don't even believe you. Suddenly, it's as if you are the criminal while the real fraudster is benefiting from your identity, your finances, and your desperation. ​We believe that you are the victim with a voice that needs to be heard!

What We Do For You

Athina Powers is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) who helps fraud and identity theft victims prove their innocence by following all of the necessary steps in order to show: 

  1. What was done to make you the victim
  2. The injury to you, as the victim
  3. Your initial trust in the fraud that made you the victim
  4. The fraudster's knowledge of what they did
  5. The fraudster's intent to harm you, as the victim

Self-Help Articles

How to Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

Tip #22: Do not share personal information on social networks. Before you register with websites, make sure you read the privacy policies that secure your personal information. Unlike the common stereotype, identity thieves do not always monitor or hack your digital devices from a third world country; the majority of thieves are usually neighbors, friends, relatives and roommates because you leave yourself open to them.

Steps to Take After Identity Theft

Tip #6: Keep detailed records of everything and put everything in writing. Don't forget to keep copies and a detailed calendar of all of the above actions. 

Common Scams That Trick Consumers

You are not alone in that Internet jungle; there are a lot of people that are in the same position as yourself, which means that there are just as many that are taking this opportunity to make money by taking advantage of your needs.

How to Spot a Liar: Crime in Grammar, Part 1

Everything comes down to grammar, lexical choice, tone, and style of speech, because they can be manipulated. Analyzing the most basic form of communication is enough to hint to investigators of the individual's behavior and endeavors.

How to Spot a Liar: Crime in Grammar, Part 2

Experts can help you read the document and attend to the temporal pronouns and verb tenses used, which are the primary components in an argument. They can help expose what to avoid and what is dangerously revealing. You don't need to lie in a court document to win a case, or misconstrue the meaning behind a script--just state what you want to say in a specific way.

Sleeping with the Enemy: When Friends Become Foes

How do you know that the person you socialize with, work with, or even date or marry, is actually the person that they say they are? Most of you think a simple background check on Google will find all the answers--it doesn't.

How to Catch a Forger, Part 1

Since our methods to identify fraud continue to improve, so do the ways of fraudsters to outwit fraud detection. In recent years, fraud examiners and crime fighters look at the dates, times, verbiage and content provided in new communication mediums, such as through emails, letters, texts and phone calls. 

How to Catch a Forger, Part 2

If a document does not come from a law enforcement agent and given to you personally, call and ask if the individual who sent you that document exists. If you have a gut feeling that a situation is either too good or too impossible to be true, research what you have, analyze what you hold in your hands, compare and contrast dates, times, faces, words and signatures--chances are that you are the victim of a fraud scheme.

My Stolen Identity

We live in the 21st century, where identities and personal information are a more powerful source of monetary exchange than money. How many of you out there know who your spouse or best friend is: how many names they use, what information they have about you, and how easily they can manipulate it? How many of you were ever in such a vulnerable position as to trust someone enough to find yourselves sleeping with the enemy?


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