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Trust But Verify Personal Finance Advice

by Terry Savage

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When it comes to making money decisions, doubt and self-doubt are inevitable. After all, unlike many choices that are subject to whimsy and fate, financial decisions can be judged by their direct impact on your well-being, now and in the future. … Continue Reading

BBB Smart Investing

by Council of the Better Business Bureau

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nvestors lose millions every year to risky investments and fraudulent scams, and the problem is getting worse as more people manage their own retirement savings.

BBB, in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, part of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, is here to help combat investment fraud and through the BBB Smart Investing program. … Continue Reading

BBB Smart Investing

by Better Business Bureau

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Investors lose millions every year to risky investments and fraudulent scams, and the problem is getting worse as more people manage their own retirement savings. BBB has partnered with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, part of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, to help combat investment fraud and through the BBB Smart Investing program. … Continue Reading

Investment Fraud and Elder Abuse: Trusted Agent Steals from Elderly

by Barry Zalma, Esq., CFE

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Jasmine Jamrus-Kassim, a former independent insurance agent who sold annuities for Bankers Life and Casualty Co was sentenced to more than six years in prison for stealing more than $1 million from her elderly clients. Jamrus-Kassim was arrested in March 2011 after an investigation by Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s special investigations unit found that she had taken $1.05 million from five clients. … Continue Reading

Investment Fraud: The Bigger They Are, the More Damage They Do

by Barry Zalma, Esq., CFE

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Minor Vargas Calvo, 60, who was president of Provident Capital Indemnity Ltd. was convicted by a federal jury in Virginia. Calvo, a former Costa Rican insurance executive was convicted of all counts in a $485 million fraud scheme in which he was accused of lying to clients and investors about the financial stability of his company.

Calvo and Provident sold bonds guaranteeing funding for … Continue Reading

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