Consumer fraud by a martial art school or instructor begins when material fact is misrepresented in web pages, advertising, signage and verbal claims when registered trademarks are used without a license from the trademark owner.
Fraud by a martial art school may be perpetrated upon students for years through the use of counterfeit patches, issuance of counterfeit rank certificates, the sale or distribution of other counterfeit products and/or services and other means.
The Martial Art Fraud website provides information to help you learn how to identify and verify if fraud is being perpetrated by a martial arts school and then how to report the facts and activities you discover.
Fact based allegations of fraud are most likely to be taken seriously and responded to by law enforcement and regulatory agencies. Legally proving fraud requires facts to support several elements of proof and we discuss some means you can employ to determine if elements of fraud are present. Lets get started.
Many of us tend to trust before trust is earned and only later question when unexpected events occur. Unquestioning, “trusting” behavior is exactly what fraudsters, scam artists and con artists count on; they count on their victims failing to perform any due diligence process.
Unfortunately, some people may spend more time conducting due diligencecomparing prices for a new television set purchase an they do on a studio or instructor to whom they plan to entrust their own safety or that of their child.
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