Identity theft fraud when someone uses credentials to advertise services, but does not give work to the person w/credentials?

X has Special Skills. X worked for Y as independent contractor. Y advertised "all" services will be provided by someone with Special Skills, but does not mention X's name. X does not know Y is marketing services using X's credentials. Y does not have the Special Skills that X has. X is the only person on Y's staff that has Special Skills, but Y tells X he has other staff with Special Skills so X does not know. When Y gets inquiries from potential clients, Y sends X's work product as samples. Client signs up for Y's services assuming services will be provided by someone with Special Skills. After Client pays, Y provides services himself. X finds out from Client that Y used X's credentials, but not give work to X. Y tells X he didn't guarantee X work. What claims does X have against Y?

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Athina Karamanlis Powers

Athina Karamanlis Powers

Fraud Lawyer - Beverly Hills, CA

Depends is the answer. How your credentials were used and how your name was used.
Did the person profited by that action.How and when
Other issues that can arise are Invasion of privacy and false advertisement .

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Nicholas Basil Spirtos

Nicholas Basil Spirtos

Construction / Development Lawyer - Montclair, CA

I am not sure that X has any claims against Y.
Y's customers might have claims against Y.
But, if Y is agreeing to provide a specific product to customers, and then actually provides that product, it seems to me that Y does in fact have the skills necessary to provide the product.
Perhaps X has some claim against Y for showing customer's X's work product, but if Y paid X for that work product, Y would probably have the right to use that work product in any way he likes.

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