Investment Fraud

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What is investment fraud?

Investment fraud covers a broad range of unlawful activities, including Ponzi schemes, stockbroker misconduct, negligence, failure to supervise, churning, breach of fiduciary duty, and more. Fraudulent schemes may involve one or more bad actors and can end up costing an investor thousands, if not millions, of dollars

It is essential to discuss your case with an investment fraud attorney if you have sustained losses as a result of wrongdoing or fraud.

Depending on the situation, you may be entitled to recover your losses through arbitration or litigation. An attorney can help you understand your legal options and help you pursue the appropriate course of action.

What to Do If You Suspect Investment Fraud

If you believe you are the victim of investment fraud, you must act quickly to protect your rights. You may be eligible to pursue FINRA arbitration or file a lawsuit to recover losses related to the fraudulent scheme.

Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys’ legal experts can walk you through the process and help you reach the best outcome possible, along with providing you with the following as your case progresses:

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Types of investment fraud

Investment fraud can take a variety of forms. It may involve your financial advisor, stockbroker, or a third party. It could also be the result of a brokerage firm’s negligence or failure to supervise. Regardless of the type of investment fraud you suffered, you should still consult with an attorney before filing any claims.

Common types of investment fraud:

  • Unauthorized trading – When a stockbroker fails to obtain client authorization before making a transaction, they may have engaged in unauthorized activity. It is important to review your account frequently to ensure that you consented to any trading completed on your behalf.
  • Unsuitability – One of the most common forms of investment fraud is when a stockbroker makes unsuitable recommendations. All investment recommendations or strategies must be suitable based on the customer’s investment profile.
  • Misrepresentations or omissions of material fact – If a broker or broker-dealer fails to disclose risks associated with a particular investment or conflicts of interests, they may be held legally responsible for resulting losses.
  • Churning or excessive trading – The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) prohibits excessive trading or churning when a large number of trades is done, not to benefit the client or their portfolio but to generate commissions or to defraud the customer.
  • Breach of fiduciary duty – Breach of fiduciary duty occurs when a person in a fiduciary relationship fails to act in the best interests of their client or beneficiary. A stockbroker or financial advisor is in a fiduciary relationship with an investor and must act in their best interests.
  • Overconcentration – Stockbrokers and financial advisors have a duty to ensure that a client’s portfolio is not over-concentrated in a single asset class or market sector. Failure to diversify can result in substantial losses to an investor.
  • Failure to supervise – Under FINRA Rule 3110, a brokerage firm is required to“establish and maintain a system to supervise the activities of its associated persons.” Failure to supervise can result in liability.
  • Pyramid/Ponzi schemes – A Ponzi scheme is an investment scam that pays existing investors with money generated from new investors. A pyramid scheme is an illegal business model that generates money by recruiting new participants. Both scams usually lack a genuine asset or investment and promise high returns with little or no risk.
  • Pump and Dump schemes – A pump and dump scheme occurs when promoters make false or misleading statements in an attempt to boost the price of a stock. Once the price has increased, the bad actors dump it flooding the market.

It is important to note that this list is not exhaustive. There are many forms of investment and securities fraud that could affect your financial stability. It is essential to discuss any losses directly with an investment fraud lawyer as soon as possible.

Our investment fraud lawyers understand the devastating financial impact that stockbroker misconduct and securities law violations can have on an investor. Entire life savings have been lost to a single bad actor in a matter of seconds.

Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys are here to help make sure you obtain the compensation you deserve when recovering from investor fraud.

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Frequently Asked Questions about investment fraud

Explore our FAQ to get the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about investment fraud.

How do I know if I’ve been a victim of investment fraud?

Signs of investment fraud include unexpected or unexplained losses, investments that sound too good to be true, discrepancies in account statements, or investments that are overly complex and difficult to understand. If your advisor has made investments on your behalf without your permission, or if you feel pressure to invest quickly, these can also be red flags.

What should I do if I suspect investment fraud?

If you suspect that you’ve been a victim of investment fraud, it’s important to act quickly. Start by gathering all relevant documentation, such as correspondence, statements, and contracts. Contact an experienced investment fraud lawyer who can help you understand your rights and options. Additionally, you may need to report the fraud to regulatory bodies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

What outcomes can I expect with an investment fraud lawyer?

The potential outcomes of hiring an investment fraud lawyer include the recovery of lost funds, the possibility of punitive damages against the fraudsters, and sometimes, the criminal prosecution of the fraudsters. The exact outcome will depend on the specifics of your case, including the evidence available, the solvency of the fraudsters, and the applicable laws.

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