Asset Protection: Don’t Let A Ponzi Scheme Scam You Out Of Your Retirement Funds
Retirees are frequently the target of scam artists who use financial scams without regard for others.
Ponzi schemes and other financial scams can be promoted by local radio and TV personalities. They can be promoted through your church, senior recreation centers and country clubs. And they can rob you of your retirement.
If you have a solid retirement plan, along with an estate plan and asset protection plan in place you would not necessarily fall for the “too good to be true” promises of the typical Ponzi scheme.
Don’t play Russian Roulette with your money despite the fact that all your friends are doing it or despite the popularity of whoever is promoting it. AARP has posted a story about a 72-year-old man who was scammed out of $51,000 in a Ponzi scheme promoted by his favorite local talk show host.
AARP has published some helpful tips to remember to help you avoid financial scams, which I am reposting here. Please, put your money where it will work for you. If you need help with a retirement plan and estate or asset protection or planning, please call our offices today.
Do Your Homework
Only 20% of investors ever do a background check on brokers or products before buying. Some good starting places are the SEC’s investor.gov (800-732-0330) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s brokercheck.finra.org (800-289-9999).
Look At The Investor Or Firm
Check out the SEC’s EDGAR database for free corporate information, the fee-based pacer.gov to search federal lawsuits and bankruptcies, or your local courthouse for scams by area predators.
Run From Red Flags
Language like ‘risk-free,” guaranteed returns” and “everyone is doing it” should scare you off.
Be Careful Even In “Safe” Places
Churches, country clubs and community organizations are happy hunting grounds for those pitching Ponzi schemes. Rely on research over referrals from friends and relatives.
Don’t Be Fooled By Credentials
Those letters after the names of brokers and investment counselors can be meaningless. Some are outright fakes, and some are gained by paying a fee or taking a short class.
Don’t Be Star-Struck
Celebrity endorsements don’t mean an investment is legitimate. If you have questions or need to file a complaint, call the SEC at 800-732-0330. Or reach out to FINRA toll-free at 844-57-HELPS, or the North American Securities Administrators Association at 202-737-0900. If scammed, alert your local police, district attorney and state attorney general.