List of “Top Investor Threats” Adds Some New Investment Fraud Tricks to the Book
While some scams come up year after year, there are some new additions to NASAA’s list of top investor threats from 2012. Our investment fraud attorneys report.
Each year, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) takes a look at the biggest threats to investors across the nation and releases their Top Investor Threats list. While there were many familiar scams and schemes included in the list for 2012, our investment fraud attorneys took note of the appearance of some new tricks, including:
- Crowdfunding.Probably the most notable of the new additions to the list, crowdfunding poses some serious potential for fraud and some serious danger for unwary investors. Recent changes to how new and small companies are allowed to solicit investors online are of particular concern, as the changes open the door for crowdfunding fraud. To learn more about the dangers of crowdfunding, please see our informative article, “Attorney Warns of Crowdfunding Fraud from Online Boiler Rooms.”
- Other online investment offers. Although FINRA and other agencies have released warnings about the dangers of online investing in previous years, the appearance of online scams on NASAA’s list is notable precisely because of how quickly it’s become common as Americans become more and more comfortable conducting business online.
NASAA also listed some familiar, old investment scams, which continue to be a threat to investors. These included:
- Promissory notes
- Investments in oil and gas drilling
- Gold and precious metals investment
- Real estate investment fraud / REIT
- Broker Misconduct and inappropriate advice from advisors or brokers
- Unlicensed promoters and salespeople
If you are concerned that you have lost money to a crowd-funded investment scam or another scheme, Meyer Wilson can help investigate your case and provide direction. Our experienced investment fraud attorneys represent investors across the nation in mediation, arbitration, or litigation against the brokers, advisors, and firms who have harmed them. Speak with us today at (800) 738-1960, or simply complete the confidential online contact form on this page for more information.