How can I verify that an investment I learned about online isn’t a scam?
As more and more investors turn to the Internet to learn about new investments
and manage their portfolios, more and more scam artists are also moving
their scams online. If you are offered a new investment opportunity online,
especially if you received the offer unsolicited, then you should probably
take extra steps to ensure that you’re not being coaxed into a scam.
Here are three basic steps you can take to check out the investment and
Always arrange a face-to-face meeting with the promoter at his or her office. Meeting in person gives you a chance to get a better “feel”
for the person promoting the investment, and meeting at his or her place
of employment can give you insight into how the promoter and the firm
operate. Be wary if the promoter does not want to meet with you in person
or doesn’t have a professional office where you can meet.
After the meeting, verify the information you were given. Review the documents you were given, seek additional information, and
check out the promoter and the investment with state and federal regulators.
To help you get started, both FINRA and the SEC offer valuable, free tools
on their websites.
Always get another opinion. Whether you choose to discuss the investment with another trusted financial
professional or with a trusted family member, it is worth seeking another
set of eyes to help you look over any new opportunity. Another person
may be able to spot red flags that you missed the first time around.
If you have questions, or if you believe you have already lost money in
an investment scam, please reach out to an experienced
investment scam lawyer with Meyer Wilson today. You can call us or fill out our easy online