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Although investment scams seem to come in more flavors than ice cream,
the majority of scams boil down into just a few categories. In fact, if
you listen carefully during the pitch, you can probably spot some of the
earliest signs that an investment opportunity is actually a scam. As an
investment scam lawyer, I hope to help you avoid getting lured into investment
fraud by explaining some of the main tricks fraudsters use to sell you
on a scam.
Aggressive sales tactics. If you feel harassed, pressured, or threatened by the promoter of the investment,
it’s a big “red flag” that something is amiss. No legitimate
promoter will try to force you to invest in a particular product.
Promising to “make you rich.” This is one of the oldest investment fraud tricks in the book—and
it still works. It’s hard to turn down an opportunity that sounds
too good to be true, especially if you’re going through rough financial
times. Be wary of anyone who “guarantees” high returns, and
take extra caution to research these types of opportunities very carefully
before handing over your cash—no matter how good they sound.
Limited-time offers. Many fraudsters will try to sell you on a scam by telling you that it’s
a “limited-time offer” that won’t be available tomorrow,
hoping to get your money before you’ve had a chance to think about
it or verify the promoter’s claims. Remember that most legitimate
investments will still be there tomorrow.
Affinity fraud. A fraudster may try to use your community against you in selling a shady
investment product. For example, the promoter may try to convince you
to invest by pointing to other members of your church who have had great
success. Some fraudsters have actually managed to wipe out the savings
of entire congregations in this fashion.
If you have already become the victim of investment fraud, broker misconduct, or a
Ponzi scheme, don’t wait until it’s too late to reach out to an experienced
investment scam lawyer with Meyer Wilson. We have 50+ years of collective
experience representing harmed investors across the nation in stockbroker
mediation, arbitration, and litigation, and we look forward to putting
our experience to work for you. Give us a call today to learn more.
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