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The Madoff Fraud:Scam of the Century
Most Prevalent Investment Scams

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Investment Scam # 10 Variable annuities

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Variable annuities. As sales of variable annuities have risen, so have complaints from investors -- most notably, the omission of disclosure about costly surrender charges and steep sales commissions. READ MORE
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Investment Scam # 9 Mutual fund business practices

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Mutual fund business practices. Recent mutual fund scandals have made the national news and attracted the attention of investors and launched several investigations. "These investigations demonstra READ MORE
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Investment Scam # 8 Internet Fraud

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Internet fraud. According to NASAA, Internet fraud has become a booming business. In November, federal, state, local and foreign law-enforcement officials targeted Internet fraudsters during Operation READ MORE
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Investment Scam # 7 "Prime bank" schemes.

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"Prime bank" schemes. Con artists promise investors triple-digit returns through access to the investment portfolios of the world's elite banks. Purveyors of these schemes often target conspiracy theo READ MORE
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Investment Scam # 6 Unlicensed individuals

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Unlicensed individuals, such as independent insurance agents, selling securities. From Washington state to Florida, scam artists use high commissions to entice independent insurance agents into sellin READ MORE
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Investment Scam # 5 Affinity fraud

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Affinity fraud. Taking advantage of the tendency of people to trust others with whom they share similarities, scammers use their victim's religious or ethnic identity to gain their trust and then stea READ MORE
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Investment Scam # 4 Unscrupulous stockbrokers

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Unscrupulous stockbrokers. As share prices tumble, some brokers cut corners or resort to outright fraud, say state securities regulators. And investors who have grown more cautious and scrutinized the READ MORE
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Investment Scam # 3 Promissory notes

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Promissory notes. These are short-term debt instruments often sold by independent insurance agents and issued by little-known or nonexistent companies. They typically promise high returns, upward of 1 READ MORE
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Investment Scam # 2 Senior investment fraud

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Senior investment fraud. Record-low investment rates, rising health care costs and an increased life expectancy have set seniors up as targets for con artists peddling investment fraud -- like Ponzi s READ MORE
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Investment Scam #1 Ponzi Schemes

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1. Ponzi schemes. This is an old scam named for Charles Ponzi, a swindler from the early 1900s who conned $10 million from investors by promising 40 percent returns. His scam has been copied by countl READ MORE
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Top Ten Investment Scams

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Top 10 investing scams By Kay Bell and Amy Fleitas • Bankrate.com The stock market has picked up steam lately, but for many investors the resurgence isn't enough. Instead, they look for quicker ways READ MORE
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Most Prevalent Investment Scams such as senior investment fraud,promissory notes,internet fraud, unscrupulous brokers,mutual fund fraud
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