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Fraud is one thing most people think won’t happen to them. Of course, everyone thinks it’s possible that it could happen, but most people don’t see how even an opportunity for someone to defraud them would ever come around.
Equity Trust Company knows fraudulent investments and investment scams can come from a variety of sources and take many different shapes.
As a directed custodian, we are not permitted to evaluate investments for our clients. By providing self-directed IRAs, we want our clients to feel fully empowered to thoroughly investigate and examine investment opportunities that come their way.
Equity Trust Company urges our clients to reach out to CPAs, financial advisors, attorneys, and other trusted individuals from their personal history to create a team of trusted advisors. Along with your knowledge and personal expertise, your team can help you find and review opportunities to make sound investment choices.
Equity Trust Company knows the sad truth is fraudulent investments, Ponzi schemes, and scams can look legitimate and even come from a trusted source. Listed below are some of the most common signs of a fraudulent investment or scam.
If you suspect an investment to be fraudulent or have any concerns about your investment, report any wrongdoing or scams to these organizations.
Did you find the investment or did the investment find you?
Does the deal sound just too good to be true?
Did you feel bullied, harassed, or intimidated by the salesperson or investment promoter to agree to the investment?
Can you explain, in your own words, what the investment is and how it works?
Does the investment sound like a conspiracy theory?
Does this investment require all or the majority of your life savings or are you being pressed to take out a loan or cash in your IRA?
Can you verify who the investment promoter is?
Are you able to verify where your funds are and how they are being used in the investment?
Did you have any trouble cashing out or any delays in getting your money if you want out of the investment?
Schedule a one-on-one session with an expert alternative investment counselor. We’re here to answer any questions, help guide you through the process, and provide more detailed information and education specific to your journey.
We respect your privacy and will not use the information you provide for any other purpose.
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