Investment and Business Fraud

Investment Fraud

  • Don't invest in anything based on appearance. Just because an individual or company has a flashy website, it doesn't mean it is legitimate.
  • Websites can be created in just a few days and vanish as soon as they get your money.
  • Don't invest in anything you are not absolutely sure about.
  • Check out other websites regarding this person or company.
  • Be cautious when responding to special offers, especially through unsolicited email.
  • Be cautious when dealing with individuals or companies from outside your own country.
  • Inquire about all the terms and conditions.
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Business Fraud

  • Purchase merchandise from reputable dealers or establishments.
  • Try to obtain a physical address rather than merely a post office box and a phone number.
  • Send an email to see if they have an active email address and be wary of sellers who use free email services where a credit card wasn't required to open the account.
  • Purchase merchandise directly from the individual or company that holds the trademark, copyright, or patent.
  • Beware when responding to email that may not have been sent by a reputable company.

Nigerian Letter Scam

  • Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as Nigerian or foreign government officials asking for your help in placing large sums of money in overseas bank accounts.
  • Do not believe the promise of large sums of money for your cooperation.
  • Guard your account information carefully.