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Understanding the tactics scammers use is an important step to take when protecting yourself from becoming a victim of investment fraud. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently ... Continue reading "Protect Your Hard-Earned Money by Learning How Boiler Room Scams Work" »
Bernie Madoff was arrested for stealing $64.8 billion from investors in the single largest Ponzi scheme in United States history less than a decade ago, but Americans are still falling prey to these ... Continue reading "Ponzi Schemes Continue to Destroy the Financial Lives of Americans Every Day" »

The 10 Most Common Investment Scams

Scammers have spent millennia refining old schemes and creating new ones to separate a mark from their money. While people are constantly testing out new ideas in an attempt to strike gold, the main ... Continue reading "The 10 Most Common Investment Scams" »
Wall Street is not doing enough to protect senior investors. Financial regulators warn that senior financial fraud is on the rise, and brokerages and financial advisors are responsible for not doing ... Continue reading "Are Brokerages and Advisors Doing Enough to Protect Seniors?" »
By law, investment advisors who give clients advice and recommendations on investments have a fiduciary duty to act in their clients' best interest. All conflicts of interest must be disclosed ... Continue reading "Did Your Adviser Put Your Best Interests First?" »
The investment fraud attorneys at the Meyer Wilson law firm have seen an increase in instances of brokerage firm customers, particularly retirees and senior investors, being sold shares of business ... Continue reading "Meyer Wilson Investigating Investor Losses in Business Development Companies" »
Virtual currencies are common in Ponzi schemes. If you've been victimized by investor fraud, contact Meyer Wilson at 888-390-6491 for a free consultation. The Security Exchange Commission (SEC) is ... Continue reading "Ponzi Scheme Fraudsters Drawn to Virtual Currencies" »
Like a vulture circling its prey, scammers flock to disaster as a prime target to break out a new scheme. With the waters from Hurricane Harvey still flooding the streets of Houston and the ... Continue reading "Stay Alert for Stock Fraud Following Hurricane Harvey" »
Fraudsters use a wide array of tactics in their hunt for a new mark, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently started cracking down on a new method, posting deceptive articles on ... Continue reading "Protect Yourself from Investment Research Stock Scams" »
The board of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently moved to increase disclosures from firms and brokers that fail to pay arbitration awards and to strengthen the sanctions they ... Continue reading "FINRA Pushes Along Proposals to Crack Down on Unpaid Arbitration Awards and High-Risk Brokers" »
The AARP recently released information about the results of their study looking into the differences in demographic characteristics, behavioral characteristics and psychological mindset between the ... Continue reading "AARP Released Results of Study on Differences Between Victims of Fraud and General Population" »
In an investor alert released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the securities regulator warned investors about “customer advisory centers” that are becoming ... Continue reading "What You Need To Know About Customer Advisory Centers" »
Rumors Swirl that Texas-based REIT May Be a Massive Ponzi Scheme The investment fraud lawyers at the law firm of Meyer Wilson are investigating potential claims on behalf investors in United ... Continue reading "Investment Fraud Law Firm Meyer Wilson Investigating Claims Against Brokerage Firm That Sold United Development Funding to its Clients" »
United Development Funding IV was recently raided by the FBI after allegations surfaced that the REIT was functioning like a Ponzi scheme. The FBI recently conducted a raid of United Development ... Continue reading "Texas REIT Gets Surprise Visit from FBI" »
As the baby boomer generation continues to age, financial abuse grows in products like annuities and life insurance, a shift from fraud tactics of years past. Historically, unscrupulous advisors have ... Continue reading "Financial Predators Turn to Insurance Products to Target the Elderly" »
FINRA recently ordered three firms to pay fines and restitution for failing to give some of their clients eligible discounts on purchases of unit investment trusts. Brokerage firms need to be vigilant ... Continue reading "Brokerage Firms on the Hook for Missed Breakpoint Discounts" »
According to the SEC, E.S. Financial worked with non-U.S. citizens as if they were their own customers, yet did not have adequate customer identification programs to verify their identities. On ... Continue reading "E.S. Financial To Pay $1 Million Over Anti-Money Laundering Lapses" »
On February 3, 2016, FINRA filed an order accepting offer of settlement. Walter Francis Grenda, Jr. has been barred from associating with any FINRA member in any capacity. FINRA recently accepted an ... Continue reading "Update on Former MACC Broker Walter Francis Grenda, Jr." »
On February 3, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced charges of fraud against a lending company out of Manhattan and its owner. Fraud charges were also levied against the brokerage ... Continue reading "Lending Company and Brokerage Firm Charged with Fraud" »
The baby boomer population is substantial and growing. The key to preventing financial exploitation of this prime target is careful planning. More Americans reach retirement age every day – a ... Continue reading "Planning Is Key in Avoiding Financial Abuse" »
Investors who have lost money through investment fraud and misconduct should be cautious of non-lawyer third party companies who offer, often for free, to help recover your losses. The Attorney ... Continue reading "Warning to Investment Fraud Victims: Be Wary of "Free" Offers for Help by Non-Lawyers" »
Budget Finance Company abruptly closed recently, causing many of its clients to worry about the security of their investments. Last month, federal agents raided the West Virginia investment and ... Continue reading "Ponzi Scheme Suspected in West Virginia" »
According to the SEC, registered representatives Matthew Bell and Craig Josephberg were involved in an elaborate pump and dump scheme. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) accuses Matthew ... Continue reading "Matthew A. Bell, Craig L. Josephberg Accused of Involvement in Pump & Dump Scheme" »
According to FINRA’s allegations, former financial advisor Jonathan Greenfield made various false and misleading statements to customers regarding GWG Renewable Secured Debentures. The Financial ... Continue reading "Former Broker Jonathan Greenfield Accused of Misconduct Involving GWG Renewable Secured Debentures" »
If you are interested in investments and are looking for a financial advisor or broker, it is important to understand the various titles and credentials that may come along with the person or firm you ... Continue reading "Choosing the Right Investment Advisor" »
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