Bait and Switch Scams
I went to an investment seminar and was very interested in the product
that was being promoted. However, when it came time to buy, it seemed
like they were trying to sell me on a different investment. I didn’t
end up buying, but is this some kind of well-known investment scam?
Although it’s hard to say for certain without more details, it sounds
like you may have just narrowly avoided a bait and switch scam. In bait
and switch investment fraud, you are pitched an attractive product, but
you are actually sold a different product. Sometimes this can be overt—for
example, you come in to talk about the pitched investment opportunity
but end up hearing about how great another investment product is. Other
times, it may be subtler—for example, there’s a catch in the
fine print or you’re given the wrong documents to sign.
How Does Bait and Switch Investment Fraud Work?
Although bait and switch investment fraud may play out in a number of ways,
using a “free lunch” investment seminar is one of the most
popular. Because you are already there, in person, to meet with the promoters,
already excited about making money, and warmed up to the pitch by the
free meal or gifts, fraudsters know you are more receptive and vulnerable.
By the end of the seminar, when you’re convinced to buy, the promoter
will try a “switcheroo” and attempt to get you on board with
an entirely different opportunity that stands to better line their own pockets.
Although this tactic is often used in the context of physical products,
it is no uncommon to see it at work when it comes to investment products.
For example, you may hear about a too-good-to-be-true investment opportunity,
but, when it comes time to hand over your cash in person, the investment
promoter pitches something else entirely—or just slips you the documents
for a different deal on the sly when you think you’re signing up
for the original investment opportunity.
If you want to avoid bait and switch investment fraud, you should be wary
if a much-hyped investment opportunity is suddenly unavailable and a new
opportunity is pitched to you. Additionally, you should always carefully
read any documents you receive, including the “fine print,”
and verify that it sounds like the same deal you believed you were signing up for.
Ultimately, you should approach investment seminars with a grain of salt
and always pay attention to the fine print before you decide to invest
in the promoted product.
Get Help from Our Investment Loss Lawyers
If you do find yourself in trouble after falling victim to this or another
investment scam, please reach out to an investment fraud lawyer who can
help you recover your investment losses. Meyer Wilson has more than 50
years of combined experience working with harmed investors. We would be
happy to discuss your situation in a completely free and confidential