How to Tell If Investors Are Fake
Scams can pop up anywhere – social media platforms, phone calls, texts messages or emails may all present potential scams. Always be wary of investment opportunities that come out of nowhere and independently verify all claims made about them.
Scam artists frequently utilize urgency as a tactic for convincing investors to invest quickly without proper due diligence. They may claim the investment opportunity will disappear tomorrow or use fake countdowns in promotional videos as ways of scaring customers into investing quickly without doing their research first.
1. They promise high returns
Fraud detection starts with promises of above-market returns. All investments involve risk, so if something sounds too good to be true it probably is. Scammers often employ high-pressure sales tactics such as pressuring victims into making quick decisions and offering limited-time offers that look too good to be true.
Testimonials and celebrity endorsements can also be an indicator of fraudsters. Some will even pay actors to pose as investors to promote their schemes on social media.
Be wary of any unsolicited calls, emails or letters purporting to offer investments. Legitimate companies will give you time and space for due diligence before asking you for money.
2. They promise instant results
Every year, thousands of investors lose millions through investment scams. While there’s no absolute safety net, you can reduce the likelihood of fraud by being suspicious and learning how to recognize common warning signs.
Be wary if someone claims they offer you an exclusive investment opportunity and offers that sound too good to be true; only invest with established professionals with whom you feel at ease conducting due diligence without feeling pressured into making a quick decision immediately.
Be wary of fake testimonials or celebrity endorsements. Fraudsters sometimes hire actors to promote investment opportunities and disseminate information by misrepresenting themselves as legitimate sources via social media platforms such as Facebook. Always verify the source yourself by visiting their website or contact information from trusted third parties; check social media profiles by looking out for slight variations or typos in account name, screen name or handle.
3. They ask for your personal information
Your bank account information should only ever be shared over the phone or online if it can be verified, since scammers could use such details to steal your funds by depositing it into an illegitimate account.
Remember that no investment guarantees a specific rate of return; all legitimate investments present some degree of risk. Also, be wary if anyone approaches you regarding potential investment opportunities without seeking your approval first.
Be wary of testimonials and celebrity endorsements; fraudsters may use actors paid to post fake reviews claiming they made millions in particular investments. You can check a firm’s background or use MAS’s Scam Spotter tool to identify warning signs for investing scams, then make an informed decision as to whether you wish to invest.
4. They ask you to make a quick decision
When making fast decisions, often only what information is readily available may be considered accurate and complete. Sometimes that data proves otherwise.
Fraudsters use tactics such as claiming their investment opportunity is time-sensitive to convince you to act without thoroughly researching it first. Furthermore, they make written risk disclosures appear as routine formalities imposed upon them by government, so that you don’t take them seriously.
Before investing, always use the FCA’s ScamSmart tool to assess a company’s legitimacy and regulation. Legitimate firms allow you enough time to research your selection. Scamsters might try to lure you in with testimonials or celebrity endorsements that might not be accurate. Influencers are paid to promote certain investments on social media; you can identify them by their blurry or off-color photos when compared with those used on legitimate websites.