What should I look for to uncover an investment scam?

| Mar 13, 2021 | Investor Fraud |

Investing can be a wonderful way to increase your income, but you must invest carefully. There are a variety of scams that target investors and can steal your money.

The FBI explains investment scams occur so often that they often seem like legitimate investment opportunities. Certain things you may see as a mark of legitimacy could just be part of the scam.

Terms and conditions

All legitimate investments will have terms and conditions, which are the long legal language that outlines how the investment works, legal responsibilities and other important information. Most people never read the terms and conditions because they are long and sometimes confusing.

This is a huge mistake. Just because someone provides you with terms and conditions, it does not mean they are good terms and conditions. If you do not read them, you cannot know what they say, which could be what the scammer is counting on you doing.

Professional website

Creating a website, even one that looks nice, is simple for anyone to do. It does not mean a company is legitimate. You need to dig a little deeper to find out how valid the company is.

Never trust the website as a way to verify a company is real or an opportunity is real. Do research into the company. Find out what others think about it. Do your due diligence no matter how real it looks.

Affiliations

Anyone can say they have an affiliation with anyone else. You cannot take them at their word. Make sure to check out any affiliation to ensure it is valid and real.

Generally, research is your friend when it comes to avoiding investment scams. Always take time to look into a deal before you take it.