Defense Against Stock Scams
Crooks steal $140 million – your defense against stock scams. This story made headlines in August, 2013. It is worth recalling as a reminder that our own awareness and homework give the best defense against scams.
Stock scamming crooks duped investors out of $140,000,000! Four Canadian sleazebags assisted by five American stock crooks, scammed hundreds of victims in 35 countries. Authorities captured all the crooks.
This widely reported news of financial devastation reminds us to talk about scams. Or more importantly, how to defend against a stock scam. We can discuss a few facts and guidelines to keep your money working for you and out of the hands of some crook.
Your top scam protectors
Common sense and intelligence
Having a defensive attitude
Having greed control
Informing and educating yourself
The best scam protection you have sits between your ears. Your common sense, intelligence and a defensive attitude will keep you and your money safe. A big enemy of your money is your greed gland. We have to acknowledge that it exists in everyone, yes, even you. Be realistic; we must keep our greed under control.
Combined with a little knowledge these scam protectors will help you avoid a fraud that can devastate savings from your hard work and sacrifice.
Scam News Helps Us Learn
When you hear of a scam think how you would avoid it. Try to learn something that will benefit you from each scam. Learning about scams helps you grow to become a more sophisticated investor.
Below are the company names from this latest big scam. Before the websites went down they served as excellent examples of well done scam sites. They were the real crooked deal! Crooks had created those websites for one purpose. To steal your money!
They were very convincing and well done websites. Some had excellent investor presentations and certainly looked like the websites of real operating companies. The sales pitches were very well done. They intended to give their prospective victims, people like you and me, a very positive impression. These guys are very good at this stuff!
12 Scam Companies Named By The US Federal Indictment
Authorities call these companies “file cabinet businesses” as there were minimal assets, the stocks were thinly traded and owned or controlled by the accused. The elaborate scheme created phony consulting businesses and even phony law firms. They issued many fake press releases. They reached around the world from centers in Vietnam, Thailand and Canada.
The big tip-off
From the websites of these scam companies you can learn that they trade or did trade, on the Over the Counter or OTC Market or Bulletin Board or Pink Sheet Markets. By whatever name, we covered that house of ill repute in the blog post available at this link: Sorting American OTC Stock Markets.
You will recall that we agreed beginners just should not go there. So just don’t go there. Any stock trading there is not worth your attention. Use that as your big easy tip-off. Any company trading OTC is of no interest. Ever. Check no further, just say no and keep investing in real companies listed on secure stock markets.
Next time we will discuss how the scammers use social media. You also learn a simple and straightforward way to check them out sales reps. That lets you quickly find and avoid scammers letting you invest with confidence.
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