This is the second part in a three part posting regarding tactics and warnings for investors to protect themselves against the prevalent crime of investment fraud.
If you are new to the investment arena, exercise special caution. Often investment fraud occurs because a salesperson intimates or overwhelms a person with complex financial jargon and complicated explanations. Be sure to ask many questions and seek clarification in everyday language.
Investment fraud con artists prey upon the elderly members of our community, especially elderly women. If you are approached about a possible investment opportunity, always make sure to get the advice from family, relatives, friends or caretakers. Getting a second opinion never hurts and will always help investors make sure they are not taken advantage of. If you care for an elderly person make sure they are well informed about the warning signs of investment fraud.
After you decide to make an investment, be sure actively scrutinize your investment’s activity. Demand written reports and look for excessive and unauthorized trading in your account. Be on the look out for signs of fraud. If you see something troubling and do not receive adequate answers file a complaint with the Securities board.