Contents tagged with Fraud - Scam Awareness

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How to Keep Cryptocurrency Safe: Best Practices

By Melissa Finnegan0 Comments
Digital currency investors often question “How do I keep my investments safe?” Find out some general best practices to keeping your cryptocurrency away from hackers. Discover how Equity Trust strives to protect your digital currency.   Read More

Be on the Lookout for Hurricane Matthew-Related Scams

By Equity Trust Staff0 Comments
In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued this Investor Alert to help educate investors, including individuals who may receive lump sum payouts from insurance companies and others as a result of hurricane damage, about investment fraud.    Read More

Are You a Target for Investment Fraud?

By Equity Trust Staff0 Comments
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an Investor Alert from their Office of Investor Education and Advocacy identifying five “red flags” to look for when making a decision about an investment opportunity. 
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Bad Weather Brings Out the Worst in Some People

By Elsie Dudukovich0 Comments
When natural disasters strike, stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to help their neighbors in need come forward.  When things are at their worst, the best in some people rises up to meet the challenges a community faces during the long recovery. Sadly, as if death and loss were not enough of a tragedy, con artists and scammers come out of the woodwork, adding to the devastation in the lives of disaster victims. Read More

Where to Report Investment Fraud

By Elsie Dudukovich0 Comments
While the old adage is bad things happen to good people, being the victim of a fraud scam or a scheme is an upsetting experience.  In addition to the monetary loss, feeling angry, betrayed, sad or embarrassed can be enough to keep a victim from reporting the crime.  This reaction is often exactly what the rip-off master and con artist want and Equity Trust Company knows breaking the silence helps keep others from being fraud victims. Read More

Common Scams & Schemes

By Elsie Dudukovich0 Comments
As an investor, you do your best to be on your toes and watch out for schemers and scammers.  Being aware of the types of fraud specifically designed to target investors is one component of being a wise investor. Read More

Identifying Scams: Questions to Ask

By Elsie Dudukovich0 Comments
There’s a line between a good investment and a too good to be true investment.  One can say due diligence, or the lack of, is one of the main things that determines what side of the line an investment falls on. Read More

New Scam & Fraud Knowledge Center

By Elsie Dudukovich0 Comments
Equity Trust Company knows fraud, scams, and schemes are possible pitfalls that can trap investors.  Our mission is to help investors make tax-free profits through education, innovation, and a commitment to understanding their individual needs. In this spirit, we’ve developed a new scam & fraud knowledge center to give our clients a head start on how to identify scams and fraudulent investments, perform due diligence, and what resources to reach out to if you have a fraud complaint. Read More

Save Time, Money and Headaches with Proper Due Diligence In Real Estate Investing

By Elsie Dudukovich0 Comments
Today’s market offers abundant opportunities for lucrative self-directed real estate investments, yet some are still too intimidated to jump in. The fear of complex deals, circumstances going bad and the possibility of losing money can be a big deterrent. Fortunately, there are resources and education for investors “pre-deal” that can ease concerns and can help ensure each deal completes smoothly. Read More