Electronic Signatures

In the old days, a seller might hide the body of the contact and ask you to “Just sign here” at the bottom without reading the contract. There is now an electronic way to hide the contract from the consumer. The seller asks the consumer to sign an electronic pad, similar to the one you sign in a supermarket, to sign a contract which you have not seen. ALWAYS have the seller printout in advance a PAPER copy of any contract before you sign it. We have seen cases where a car dealer raised the price of a car by $4,000 over the agreed price, asked the consumer to sign the electronic pad, then did not give the consumer a copy of the contract. A few months later the finance company gave him a copy containing a big surprise. If this happens to you, get a consumer attorney.

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