Fraud & Misrepresentation

Protecting a Company against Identity Fraud in 2014

Whether your business has a staff of 2 or 200, protecting the business from any kind of fraud, including identity theft, requires a team effort. For businesses that have databases with personal identifiers such as names, addresses, social security numbers and dates of birth, the security of that data poses a special risk to both […]

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Fraud & Misrepresentation Landlord-Tenant

Verifying and Safeguarding a Customer’s Identity

Customers sometimes attempt to use identity fraud on a landlord or finance company. For example, last summer I attempted to rent out a condominium over the internet. I am not a realtor. I received an inquiry from “Ed” on behalf of his friend. At the showing, I was surprised to meet not only Ed and his […]

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Fraud & Misrepresentation

Protecting a Business from Identity Fraud

On February 28, 2012, Brandon Lee Price was charged with wire fraud in connection with his unauthorized use of Microsoft founder Paul Allen’s debit card. Price is a U.S. Army deserter who used Allen’s debit card to attempt over $15,000.00 in transactions.  He obtained the card by calling Allen’s bank and changing the address and […]

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Landlord-Tenant

Can My Landlord Evict My Business Without Going to Court First? – Part II – Complications to Landlord Self-Help

In Virginia, landlords have a right to evict commercial tenants without going to Court first. This does not make it likely or wise. Even in jurisdictions where self-help is legal, it is unusual to see landlords piling up their tenants’ business property on the curb. There are several reasons why: 1. Lease Terms: Any self-help […]

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Landlord-Tenant

Can My Landlord Evict My Business Without Going to Court First? – Part I

Part I – Landlord Self Help in Virginia Suppose a company leases commercial property to run its business. Due to economic conditions, the tenant struggles to pay rent. The landlord has declared the tenant in default, or is threatening to do so. One of the remedies asserted by the landlord is “self-help” such as changing […]

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