Investment Scams

Investment scam is a very common type of fraud that comes in many forms. The most common type of fraudulent investment is when a scammer reaches out to you, claiming to be a regulated broker, financial advisor, fund manager, or investment service provider before demanding you transfer a large sum of money. In reality, this company doesn’t exist, meaning you are transferring money directly to the scammer. 

One of the reasons why investment scams are so common is the fact that they are often indistinguishable from genuine investment opportunities. They are designed to closely mimic common forms of investment, with scammers even creating professional-looking materials and websites in an attempt to entice more investors. Many investments, including those in cryptocurrency, are promised to offer high-return investments, but in reality, they can lead to investors losing thousands. 

Investment scam recovery used to be a rare occurrence, however, here at Wealth Recovery Solicitors, we’ve helped many clients all over the world recover funds lost through fraudulent investments and investment scams. Our recovery value is in the millions, and we have many tried and tested means of recovering funds. Investors now have more eligibility to recover funds through fraudulent investments than before, and we’re confident that we can help with our investment scam recovery process. 

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What Types Of Investment Scams Are There?

Investment scams are a very common type of fraud that comes in many forms. The most common type of fraudulent investment is when a scammer reaches out to you, claiming to be a regulated broker, financial advisor, fund manager, or investment service provider before demanding you transfer a large sum of money. In reality, this company doesn’t exist, meaning you are transferring money directly to the scammer.  

Other, more specific, forms of investment scams are:

  • Boiler room fraud
  • Financial mis-selling
  • Ponzi schemes (also known as pyramid schemes)
  • Pension scams
  • Binary scams
  • Land banking fraud

 

Investment scams are set up and designed to specifically make a financial gain at the expense of the investor. As mentioned, victims will typically be contacted out of the blue and the schemes put forward are very sophisticated. They often involve elaborate advertising campaigns or professional websites, solely designed to deceive. 

There are some forms of investment scams which are more susceptible to fraud than other types, and these tend to be unregulated schemes, such as cryptocurrency or wine and fine art investments. 

Are Investment Scams A Criminal Matter?

Investment fraud can be both a civil and criminal matter, depending on the offence. A number of investment scams involve false representation, which can be both investigated and prosecuted, depending on the individual or business impersonated, by a range of different authorities. Our team of solicitors can help you pursue investment scam recovery and will handle all of the paperwork for you. 

What Are The Signs Of Investment Scams?

We understand that realising you have fallen victim to an investment scam can be both shocking and upsetting. Once you know that it has happened, many victims feel like they should have spotted the signs earlier, but it’s important to understand that investment scam schemes are highly sophisticated and trick even the most experienced of investors. 

There are many signs of fraudulent scams that you must be aware of. We live in a digital age where investment scammers are rife and have become increasingly common with the use of artificial intelligence, impersonating celebrities and tempting victims into investing in these fraudulent investments. 

The most common signs of investment scams include the promise of large returns on your investment that sounds too good to be true and can be described as being once-in-a-lifetime, contacting you out of nowhere and pushy tactics.

It is worth mentioning that even if a company is on the list of the FCA, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are transferring money to that firm. It is one of the many tactics that fraudsters use to trick you into investing with them. 

Another common sign of investment fraud is when the scammer gives you short deadlines. For example, the scammer will say you need to invest before a specific date or time before you miss it to get the most profit and/or best rates. The scammer will also say that you will get your returns relatively quickly. If any of these are mentioned then the investment should be avoided.

What To Do If You Have Fallen For An Investment Scam?

If you have fallen for an investment scam, please try not to feel embarrassed or ashamed. We have dealt with hundreds of cases similar to yours and it is very common to fall for these fraudulent investments, especially if you are unaware of the signs of a scam.

As soon as you think you have been scammed, contact Wealth Recovery Solicitors. One of our team will ask you to go through the steps you took when making the investment, including details of what the scammer asked of you. We’ll also ask you for any contact information you got from the scammer which will then form part of our trace. One risk that comes from investment scams is that the scammer will often quickly move or look to dispose of the money received almost immediately. This is why it is so important to quickly make a start with investment scam recovery.

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    Avoiding fraudulent investments is easier said than done. There have been many cases which we have dealt with where the victim did not know that these types of scams exist. That is why it is important for us to not only help you retrieve most of the money which you have lost, but also educate you on the signs of these investment scams so you can avoid them in the future. Understanding and being able to recognise some of the signs of investment scams as mentioned above can help keep you protected when trading and making investments online.

    A number of victims of investment scams believe that their banks will refund them their money once they spot the scam. In some cases, the banks will give the money back, but this typically only happens with very specific circumstances, such as authorised push payment (also known as APP fraud) which is where scammers will ask you to make a bank transfer. Banks can refuse refunds where they believe that the individual hadn’t been careful when investing, which is why a number of our clients then come to us for help, as we can help in many more cases.

    Scammers will use many different means to try and dupe investors. One of the most common ways is through social media, including platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and X, particularly with cryptocurrency investment scams. Scammers will set up very convincing social profiles, even going as far as to follow similar accounts or luxury brands.

    Another way in which scammers will target victims in investment scams is through sophisticated social media adverts or highly professional looking websites, which will often be duplicated from verified and trusted websites. By impersonating this level of authority, they can then much more effectively trick and persuade people into believing that they are genuine investment brokers.