How to Spot Investment Scams in 6 Simple Steps

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Top 10 Investment Scams To Avoid

We could all use a little bit of extra cash for our daily expenses and there are many offers out there that promise easy money quickly. The general rule of thumb is that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. We’ve made a list of top 10 investment scams to avoid if you’re looking to make some cash. Number 10: Ponzi/Pyramid schemes Number 9: Pump and Dump Number 8: Prime Bank Investments Number 7: Life settlements Number 6: Pension scam Number 5: Precious Metals Investment Number 4: Forex scam Number 3: Exempt securities Number 2: Off Shore Investing Number 1: Annuities Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest - Tumblr - ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Music by Kevin MacLeod (, Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Investment fraud criminals use a wide array of sophisticated and highly effective tactics to get people to part with their money. Learn how to spot those techniques -- and help protect not just yourself, but friends, neighbors, and family members.

Step 1: Verify credentials
Don't assume a salesperson is legitimate just because they have a fancy title or a corner office with framed certificates; fraudsters hope that if they look successful, you won't bother checking their credentials. Investment professionals -- like brokers, investment advisers, and insurance agents -- must be registered with regulators, such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the Securities and Exchange Commission, or your state securities or insurance regulator.

You can verify a salesperson's credentials at "":

Step 2: Be wary of "phantom riches"
Be wary of an investment pitch that guarantees a certain return or promises spectacular profits -- what fraud-fighters call "phantom riches." No legitimate salesperson can make those kinds of promises. An ethical broker will admit that every investment involves risk.

Step 3: Ignore the "everyone is doing it" angle
Don't be swayed by a seller's claim that everyone from their mother to their mechanic is in on the deal. A pitch that focuses on who and how many people are invested, rather than why the investment is sound, should be viewed with skepticism. And beware of "affinity fraud" -- investment scams that prey upon members of the same social circle, religious group, ethnic background, or other affiliation, such as servicemembers returning from deployments.

Contact your chain of command and/or Staff Judge Advocate if you suspect that you are being targeted in an investment fraud scheme.

Step 4: Refuse to be rushed
Refuse to be rushed into anything. If the salesperson says it's a limited time offer, or that there's a limited supply of whatever's being peddled, consider it a red flag: the seller is attempting to make the investment look valuable by implying it's in scarce supply due to great demand.

Step 5: Never feel obligated
Never feel obligated to make an investment because the seller gives you something free; salespeople count on those freebies to guilt you into reciprocating.

Step 6: Arm yourself with information
Further educate yourself about fraud tactics so you can protect yourself and your loved ones. Go to "": for more information, including the free Outsmarting Investment Fraud tool kit and documentary -- because knowing how to recognize investment fraud red flags is the best way to avoid falling victim to them.

Did You Know?
Investment fraud victims are more likely to be male, live with one or more people, be married, earn more than $30,000 per year, and have at least a college degree.

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