The One that Got Away

The One that Got Away

  1. Commodities investing, such as oil, gas, and gold, can be risky regardless of what a salesperson may “guarantee.” Be cautious of anyone who tells you “there is very little risk” or “you can’t lose.”
  2. Don’t respond to high-pressure sales tactics
  3. Seek the counsel of a financial advisor, not just Uncle Harry, before making any investment decision.

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The One that Got Away

Prohibited Mail

Most investment scams use the same basic principles: promises of great profit, assurances of no risk and assertions of urgency and secrecy.


Prohibited Mail

The con artist is likable, friendly and professional. A lot of people think they can spot a scam from a mile away. But most scams aren't as obvious as the pushy salesman calling out of the blue or the notorious Nigerian bank account scheme.


Prohibited Mail

Every year, Americans lose billions of dollars to scams of every size and shape. Every citizen is a potential target.


Investment opportunities, or "get rich quick" 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 rely on - You won't get anything back. Investment opportunities that claim to be low risk and high reward almost always are frauds.

    • Independently verify claims. Never invest solely on what you read in a newsletter.
  • • Beware of promoters who pressure you to buy before you have a chance to think about and fully investigate an opportunity.

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.