The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued a new Investor Alert called Avoiding Investment Scams which describes common sales pitches used in investment scams.
Investment fraudsters make their living by making sure the investments they pitch sound good and true. Additionally, fraudsters tailor their pitches to the investor by first gaining background information on the investor and using that information to lure them in. FINRA has identified the following five (5) most common sales pitch tactics:
- Phantom Riches Tactic: Entice investors with promises of wealth.
2. Source Credibility Tactic: Build credibility with claims of having expertise, experience and being from a reputable firm.
3. Social Consensus Tactic: Lead investors to believe that other savvy investors have already invested.
4. Reciprocity Tactic: Offer to do a small favor for investor in return for the investor doing a large favor.
5. Scarcity Tactic: Create a false sense of urgency by claiming limited supply of product.
If you and have suffered investment losses, please contact the Hanley Law to explore your legal options. The Hanley Law is dedicated to helping investors who have been victims of securities fraud. If you have lost money as a result of securities fraud, you may be able to recover your financial losses. Contact us today toll free at (239) 649-0050 for a free initial consultation.