You work hard to earn money and invest for the future. Steer clear of fraud and other problems that stand in the way of financial security. Learn what to ask when approached to buy an investment, and how to check if both the seller and the product are registered. Always remember to “Ask and Check.”
Even if you've never been subjected to an investment fraudster's sales pitch, you probably know someone who has. Anyone can be a victim of investment fraud. Fighting Fraud 101: Smart Tips for Investors explains the tactics fraudsters use and ways for you to protect yourself.
Reduce the risk of fraud by checking out the seller first. Ask if he or she is licensed to sell investments. If not, end the discussion. If yes, check out the seller. See tips on how to check out investment professionals.
Pondering an investment? Before you go any further you should research the investment product. An important first step is to check if the investment is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Follow these steps to research an investment.
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