Investment Fraud, also known as securities fraud or stock fraud, occurs when a person or company—such as a brokerage firm, corporation, investment bank or stockbroker—misrepresents or omits key facts that investors use to make their decisions. Often times, investors are led to believe their investments will yield high returns with little-to-no risk. Types of misrepresentation involved in investment fraud include offering poor advice, providing false information, withholding key information, offering risky investment opportunities to investors who are unable to calculate risks sufficiently and even offering or acting on inside information.
In addition to misrepresentation, other types of securities fraud may include stealing from investors in the form of embezzlement, unauthorized trading or stock manipulation. The term investment fraud or securities fraud covers a wide range of other deceptive practices that often result in significant losses for the investor.
Chapman LLC has been helping investment fraud and securities fraud victims recover losses for more than 20 years. In that time, the securities attorneys at Chapman LLC have represented victims from varied backgrounds of wealth and education as well as levels of investment sophistication. All of our clients have one thing in common – they all lost their hard-earned savings.
Some victims of investment fraud are afraid or embarrassed to come forward, or they believe that there is no hope. The attorneys at Chapman LLC understand these concerns and will investigate all possible avenues thoroughly before deciding on an action to ensure the best possible recovery for clients.
Investment Fraud Warning Signs
Whether you are a client of Chapman LLC or not, we always want investors to make educated and informed investment decisions. Some of the warning signs of investment fraud and Ponzi schemes include:
- Promises of high returns with little or no risk
- Pressure to invest immediately
- Unregistered investments
- Unlicensed investment professionals and firms
- Complex and secretive strategies
- Difficulty receiving payments or cashing out
Avoiding Investment Fraud
What you can do to avoid investment fraud:
- Ask questions, investigate and research before you invest
- Know the salesperson and their history
- Be wary of unsolicited offers
- Protect your online identity and do not give out too much personal information
- Be cautious if someone recommends foreign or “off-shore” investments
If you believe you are a victim of investment or securities fraud, contact us immediately for a free, no obligation consultation.