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Want to Avoid Investment Scams? Ask Yourself These Questions

At CI Associates, we are on hand to provide you with sound and professional investment advice that you can trust but anyone can fall victim of investment fraud. Even those who believe themselves to be experienced investment professionals can be caught out and that means that it is vital that you stay alert. The last thing you want is to lose your hard-earned cash, so ask yourself these five questions in order to help you avoid being scammed.

Are they Regulated? 

Whatever they promise or however good they might sound, you need to make sure that the investment advisor is regulated. Many people choose to ignore this but it is one way of ensuring that you don’t part with your cash and hand it over to someone who is not regulated.

Are they promising exceptional returns?

If they are then now is the time to move away. You will only obtain guaranteed returns in certain savings products and bank or building society accounts, even if the returns are low. So, when someone offers you significant returns, then there is an increased element of risk and that means it is not guaranteed. As the old saying goes, if something sounds too good to be true then it usually is.

Are you being pushed into parting with money?

 If you are feeling as though you are being pressed to part with your cash then you are more than likely being targeted. Scams are notorious for trying to get people to part with their cash as quickly as possible because they want you to hand over your money so they can disappear. The scammer does not want to give you the time to think things through and so, they will often give you a date or an ultimatum where you have to invest by a certain date to take advantage of the offer.

Is it an investment that you were told about?

Too often, many unauthorised investment schemes are passed around by word of mouth. You might have heard that some people received amazing returns and while they might be people you trust, there might be more to it than they even realise. To find the right investment opportunities, you usually have to go through the right channels and that means that word of mouth is usually not the best way to find out about new investment possibilities.

Lewis Samuel / CI-ASSOCIATES


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