Warning Signs of Investment Fraud

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Know the Red Flags of Fraud

Promises of great wealth and guaranteed returns

Pressure to invest right now

Unsolicited pitches seeking to obtain your personal information

Unregistered individuals and firms

Aggressive sellers who may provide exaggerated or false credentials

Over-the-top, sensational pitches that may have fake testimonials

Offers that sound “too good to be true”

Exclusive investment offers, “hot tips” or insider information

Offshore firms and advisors

Requests that investments be purchased by credit card, gift card, or wiring money abroad or to a personal account

Three Ways to Avoid Fraud

  • Ask questions
  • Research every investment opportunity thoroughly before you invest
  • Check the CSA’s National Registration Search to see if the person or company you are dealing with is registered.