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Investment fraud

Investment fraud comes in many different forms. It's often referred to as Share Sale, Boiler Room, Hedge Fund or Bond fraud.

All of these involve bogus stockbrokers, usually based overseas, cold calling people to pressure them into buying shares or goods such as wine, diamonds, rare metals or carbon credits. They promise high returns on your investment but in reality they goods are either worthless or non-existent.

Cold-calling

You're usually contacted out of the blue by a professional-sounding stockbroker who offers you investment opportunities that seem too good to be true - because they are.

They'll promise you free research reports, special discounts, false cshare certificates and ‘secret’ stock tips to make themselves appear credible but they're not.

They make as many calls to people as possible, trying to persuade each one to invest in something that's not only worthless but impossible to sell when you realise the mistake.

Once they have your money they'll disappear.

Share sale frauds tend to start with a telephone call out of the blue as well. Using hard-sell techniques, the fraudsters try to pressure you into making rushed decisions, giving you no time to consider the nature of the investment.

Are you being asked to keep it secret?

As with many fraudulent schemes, you’re encouraged to keep your investment secret to ensure you receive maximum returns. This helps the fraudsters to hide the real nature of their scheme.

Fraudsters aim to make their business seem legitimate, so they'll often use technical jargon, impressive job titles and mock websites to appear credible.

If you’re considering any type of investment, always remember: if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.  High returns can only be achieved with high risk.
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