Securities fraud is not just something that happens in Wall Street movies. Investment fraud can happen to anyone, even accidentally. Small business owners and people investing in the stock market can easily get caught up in securities fraud schemes. If someone offers an investment that seems too good to be true, it usually is.
Sometimes, defrauded investors hesitate to come forward out of embarrassment or because they are unaware they are victims of securities fraud. If you suspect that you or someone you love is the victim of a fraudulent investment scheme, a securities fraud attorney from the Matern Law Group, PC can help. The firm works with clients to understand whether or not they are the victim of fraud. If fraud is uncovered, we will fight to recoup your investment. Our firm is committed to obtaining justice for victims of abusive stock brokers and everyday fraudsters who take advantage of the citizens in the State of California.
What Are Securities?
It is important to understand that the term “security” simply means having some kind of ownership interest in a company. You can demonstrate ownership in a company in various ways. Often, it is in the form of stock ownership. However, it can also be in the form of a promise to pay (bond) or a membership interest in a business like a limited liability company (LLC).
What Is Securities Fraud?
Securities fraud typically involves misrepresenting key information investors need to make wise investment decisions. Key securities fraud elements almost always involve providing investors with false, misleading, or inaccurate information. Perpetrators of securities fraud can be individuals, like stockbrokers or business partners, or they can be institutions, like banks or brokerage firms. Securities fraud can also include insider trading. If you think that you have been a victim of investment fraud, contact a stockbroker fraud attorney at the Matern Law Group. We can provide an evaluation of your case and discuss your next steps.
What Are Some Types of Investment Scams?
Investment fraud is a blanket term to describe a broad range of scams, market manipulations, and financial abuse perpetrated on investors like you. Some of the common types of securities and investment fraud include the following:
In these cases, a fraudster pretends to be a member of a religious community, ethnicity, or other marginalized group in order to gain the trust of group members. The fraudster then uses their alleged position within that group to encourage participation in a fraudulent investment scheme.. Affinity fraud schemes can be particularly harmful because group members may not have access to legal resources and may be hesitant to contact law enforcement.
In a Ponzi scheme, the perpetrator promises to invest the new investors’ money and generate high returns with little or no risk. However, in most cases, the perpetrator of the investment fraud never invests a dime and simply uses new investors’ money to pay earlier investors and keeps a portion for themselves.