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SEC: BEWARE OF PONZI SCHEMES
04/20/2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Investor Education and Advocacy recently issued an investor alert to warn investors about ponzi schemes targeting seniors. Many seniors have spent years saving and investing, which is a great way to achieve financial security ‚Äď but also may make them targets for investment fraud, including Ponzi schemes. In a Ponzi scheme, fraudsters use money they collect from new investors to pay existing investors. What appears to be a return on your investment is actually money from another investor who has been swindled. Be wary of aggressive sales ploys such as pressure to buy immediately and persuasion tactics such as offering investment seminars with a free meal. Take your time deciding whether an investment is right for you and don’t give any money until you have confirmed for yourself that the seller is licensed and registered. For investments that you already have, be suspicious if you have problems getting paid or if you are pressured to rollover your investments. Ponzi scheme promoters sometimes try to prevent investors from cashing out by offering even higher returns for staying invested … HIGHLIGHTED EVENT:Want to learn more about investing? Attend an AAII Local Chapter Meeting near you

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