How To Deal With Contractor Fraud

Contractor FraudOne of the most popular categories of fraud is the Contractor Fraud (also known as Home Building Fraud or Home Renovation Fraud). This term applies to the illegal practice of renovating, reforming, repairing, rebuilding personal property by misrepresentation of services, inflation of costs and project remuneration. It is usually practiced by small firms, or incredulous individuals that guarantee quick repairs for low prices. Generally, those repairs and upgrades are unnecessary, or even harmful for your property.

Do not forget that not all the contractors are con-artists – most of them are honest workers, but still be careful with all the warning signs that we will mention below and make sure you do everything possible to protect your budget and your property.

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Auto Insurance Fraud Costs Americans $20 to $30 Billion Annually

Auto insurance fraud is becoming a great problem in the United States. Auto insurance agencies are paying billions of dollars each year to cover them, that leads to increased premiums even for those who didn’t commit fraud.

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Auto insurance fraud is committed against an insurance company in order to receive financial gain. According to the National Insurance Crime Prevention bureau auto insurance fraud costs Americans $20 to $30 billion annually.

insuranceAuto insurance fraud can be “hard” if it consists of an intentional set up of a situation such as car theft or an automobile accident. Soft insurance fraud is regarded as a minor offense, when a person takes advantage of a situation that has already occurred by pretending that the injuries were more serious that they actually were.

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Bank of America Profits are Affected by Legal Costs

Bank of America has reported profits have been hit by legal costs.

For the last three months to the end of September net income came in down at $340m. It used to be $6.2bn in the same period last year. The bank took a $1.6bn charge for litigation expenses.

The bank has already paid $2.4bn to settle a lawsuit that had been brought by shareholders who said they had been misled about the acquisition of Merrill Lynch by Bank of America.  The acquisition occurred during the financial crisis.

Shareholders argued that Bank of America made misleading statements concerning the financial health of the two banks. However, Bank of America claims it did nothing wrong.

Bank of America warned that it would be hit by a pre-tax loss of $1.9bn and an additional $800m in charges due to changes in the UK corporate tax rate.

The information was taken from the BBC News website. If you like to get more info, please, go to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19979438