You don’t have to be a big-time corporation or investor to get caught up in corporate and securities fraud. Scammers convince investors to purchase or sell stock by providing false information. One example of a securities scam is the “pump and dump,” a stock fraud scheme which involves artificially inflating the price of a stock in order to sell the cheaply purchased stock at a higher price. Another is insider trading, which involves the buying and selling of stocks based on knowledge not available to the public.
Protect Yourself From Corporate Fraud
Do your research
Always do your research before entering into any financial relationship.
Guarantees are a red flag
Promises of “guaranteed returns” or “minimal risk” are always a red flag.
Think before you act
Step back and take a breath before handing over a check to anyone.
Diversification is key
If you are going to pursue an investment opportunity, never put all of your eggs in one basket—diversification is key.
Have You Witnessed This Scam?
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