How to spot investment schemes:
- Legal-looking documents and financial jargon to influence the buyer that the investments are credible and profitable.
- Promises of high, unrealistic returns in a short period of time.
- Money is shipped “offshore” so that investors avoid paying taxes on “guaranteed” returns.
- Asking investors to promote the innovative investment programs or pitches to friends and family.
Tips for Avoiding Investment Fraud:
- Don’t judge a person or company by their website. Flashy websites can be set up quickly.
- Don’t invest in anything you are not absolutely sure about. Do your homework on the investment and the company to ensure that they are legitimate.
- Check out other websites regarding this person/company.
- Be cautious when responding to special investment offers, especially through unsolicited e-mail.
- Be cautious when dealing with individuals/companies from outside the United States.
- Inquire about all the terms and conditions.
Everyone should be vigilant about investment fraud. Be sure the financial firm you are working with is licensed to do business in the state of Idaho.
Information on Internet and online trading: http://www.sec.gov/investor/online.shtml