What are my rights if I have been cheated by an online seller?

If you’ve been cheated by an online seller, you have the right to take action. It’s frustrating, but you’re not alone and there are some legal remedies of consumer rights you can take to address the situation.

Firstly, remember you have fundamental consumer rights, like the right to safety, the right to be informed about the product, the right to choose, and the right to seek redressal if something goes wrong. This means you’re entitled to fair treatment and compensation if you’ve been cheated.

:person_raising_hand:t5: Your Consumer Rights:

  1. Right to Safety: You have the right to be protected from goods and services that are hazardous to your health, life, or property.
  2. Right to Be Informed: Sellers must provide accurate and complete information about the product or service, including its quality, quantity, potency, purity, price, and standard.
  3. Right to Choose: You have the freedom to select from a variety of products and services at competitive prices.
  4. Right to Be Heard: You have the right to voice your complaints and concerns about a product or service.
  5. Right to Seek Redressal: You have the right to seek a fair settlement of just claims, including replacement of the product, refund of the price, or compensation for any loss or injury suffered.
  6. Right to Consumer Education: You have the right to acquire knowledge and skills to be an informed consumer.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. First, collect any proof of the transaction, like order confirmations, emails, product descriptions, and any communication you’ve had with the seller.

  2. Contact the seller or online e-commerce platform from where you have purchased products. Know, where to file an online shopping or product complaint against an e-commerce company.

  3. If not resolved, you may also lodge a consumer complaint to your national or state consumer protection agency. In India, you may approach the National Consumer Helpline (NCH) and in USA, contact Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

  4. As a last resort, you can consider legal action. This is where a lawyer specializing in consumer rights can guide you through the process.

:tipping_hand_man:t5: Tips:

  • Leave Reviews: Share your experience online to warn other potential buyers.
  • Research Sellers: Before buying, check their ratings, reviews, and return policy.
  • Use Secure Payment Methods: Only use payment methods that have better protection with insured liabilities than other payment methods.
  • Read Product Descriptions Carefully: Make sure you understand what you’re buying before you click “purchase.”

Remember, you have rights as a consumer, and there are resources available to help you if you’ve been cheated. Don’t hesitate to seek assistance and advocate for yourself.

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