How to Avoid Being Scammed

  1. Independently verify claims. Never invest solely on what you read in a newsletter.
  2. Do your homework. Investigate before you invest.
  3. Watch out for high pressure pitches. Take time to think about it and fully investigate it. Don't fall for the line that you'll lose out on a "once in a lifetime" chance to make big money if you don't act quickly.

Scheme Information

Investment Fraud

Christopher Turner

Christopher Turner set out to steal millions from members of a church congregation by offering investment opportunities to expand the Go-Go Gorillas Fun Center along with other community business ventures.

Credit Card

He used the financial information of his investors to apply for additional lines of credit without their knowledge including the use of credit cards in the names of the victims.

Mortgage Loan Application Form

Turner forged a loan and a large mortgage on the property of one victim resulting in a 2.5 million dollar loss for her.

Investment opportunities, or "get rich schemes," are a favorite of fraudsters. Whether they're selling securities, oil wells or gold coins, fraudulent promoters will try to get you to invest your money--and lots of it. The only thing you can count on? You won't get anything back! Those investment opportunities that claim to be low risk and high reward are almost always frauds. Phony investment firms might try several different avenues to reach you. Often, they send enticing or official-looking mailings that urge you to call. More recently, they've gone to emails, which make it even easier to reach millions of potential victims. And they are successful in too many cases. Every year, thousands of people lose anywhere from a few dollars to their life savings.