How To Spot Fraudulent Schemes
Most people know how to spot fraudulent schemes on the Internet. An e-mail where someone claims that they will send you a lot of money if you give them your bank account number simply does not work in real life. The bad English is usually a dead giveaway that these messages are a scam. Knowing how to spot fraudulent investment schemes is just as easy, although most people running an investment scam hire people who learned the English language in an English-speaking country.
- Request a prospectus from any company you want to invest in. A legitimate company will have one made for its customers. Read it thoroughly and make sure the document contains a risk analysis portion.
- Do not bow to pressure from one time offers. While this is a common sales tactics, it often leads to disastrous consequences when people looking for a way to earn money give into a company running a fraudulent scheme.
- Stay away from people promising larger returns or other get-rich quick tactics. A fraudulent scheme often uses promises of fantastic financial returns to separate an unaware person from her money. Demand proof of the claims and do not believe the testimonials offered by the company. Many of these testimonials read like a sales pitch from a snake oil salesman of the 19th century.
- Check with the securities commission in your state to see if a company is known to run fraudulent schemes. An investor who suspects that a company plans to cheat consumers should see if he can get his states commission to launch in investigation.
Spotting fraudulent schemes is relatively easy, if an investor proceeds with caution. Cases like the Bernie Madoff scandal show that anyone can get caught up in fraudulent schemes, even if they follow these rules. As with any other purchase, a buyer must remember the phrase "caveat emptor."