Top Investor Threats for 2023
The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA)represents state and provincial securities regulators in the United States, Canada and Mexico. According to their website, the vision of this regulatory agency is to ” Protect investors from fraud and abuse; educate investors; support responsible capital formation; and help ensure the integrity and efficiency of financial markets.”
NASAA warns investors to be aware of the following current investor threats:
- Digital Asset Frauds–Schemes using digital platforms are effective because scammers can use online communications to quickly and efficiently reach many potential victims. Although their promotions often use slick professional imagery and professional videos to tout lucrative financial instruments, the sellers are often not registered or licensed by state regulators to deal in securities.Although legitimate firms sell products that may act as a hedge against inflation or that are not correlated with the stock markets, bad actors often claim to provide safety by removing all economic risk from their investments. Investors should remember that all investments bear risk. More info on NASAA site here.
- Pig Butchering Schemes–Many of these schemes are affinity frauds that are also heavily tied to emotion. Perpetrators of pig-butchering schemes contact victims – oftentimes seemingly at random – and develop relationships before soliciting greater and greater investments. After draining the victim’s bank accounts, the promoter simply disappears with the money. The name comes from the practice of fattening a pig before slaughter, and many modern pig-butchering schemes are associated with digital asset frauds.Learn more about romance scams and affinity fraud.
- Social Media/Internet Scams–Social networking through the internet allows people to connect to one another more quickly and easily than ever before. Investment promoters increasingly are logging on to find investors … and their money.Social media has become more saturated with financial content than ever before, leading to the rise of the financial influencer or “finfluencer.”Learn more on NASAA site here.
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