Denial. Anger. Depression. There is no typical response to financial loss due to fraud, but this article may help you understand why you selected a particular investment or even allow you to spot a scheme before it’s too late.
Millions of investment transactions take place every day in the U.S. and investors often use brokers to manage their investments. Brokers—either firms or individuals—make their money from commissions. With the amount of activity and money being invested daily, there is bound to be a high potential for a broker to defraud or otherwise take advantage of investors. What recourse do investors have when their brokers mismanage the investments (often for their financial gain)?
If you think you have been (or are about to be) defrauded, cheated, or scammed, check out these organizations that offer resources and other information to protect yourself and others.
At any given time, there are hordes of civil fraud recovery actions ongoing in various courts in the United States. These can range from fairly small matters, involving only a handful of people and with only a few thousand dollars at issue, to enormously complex international fraudulent schemes involving billions of dollars of diverted, misused, or stolen money from thousands or even millions of victims.
1. Don’t Panic; 2. Recognize that you are a victim; 3. Cut off communications; 4. No social media; 5. Be cautious about taking payments from the fraudster.