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


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

Investment Fraud: How To Avoid Ponzi Schemes

by Robert Siciliano


In response to National Fraud Awareness Week it’s important to bring attention to the biggest and worst investment fraud of all: the Ponzi Scheme.

Wikipedia defines a Ponzi scheme as fraudulent investment operation that pays returns to its investors from their own money or the money paid by subsequent investors, rather than from profit earned by the individual or organization running the operation.
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Protect Yourself from Investment Scams

by Better Business Bureau

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Before you invest your earnings, it is important to check for scams and verify credibility of the investment firm. Asking questions, research the company, reach out to local investment firms and advisers, talk to other investors. It’s essential to take precaution with all investment opportunities.

Studies show that investment scams are on the rise over the past decade. Baby boomers in particularly are more vulnerable to such schemes, as many are now managing their own retirement account. … Continue Reading

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