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While deployed, service members can earn 10 percent interest on savings of up to $10,000 through the Savings Deposit Program (SDP). Watch this video to learn how to make your money work hard for you while fighting for your country.
More than 6 million Americans age 55 and older have attended a free lunch investment seminar. But many of these so-called seminars are actually sales presentations, where the attendees are often pressured into making unsuitable—or even fraudulent—investments. If a friend, neighbor or relative accepts an invitation to one of these seminars, make sure they know the score before they go.
Investment fraud criminals use a wide array of sophisticated and highly effective tactics to get people to part with their money. Learn how to spot those techniques and help protect not just yourself but friends, neighbors and family members.
Did you know there are five red flags of fraud that every investor should know? This video will help you understand one of them—phantom riches. It's when a con dangles the prospect of wealth in front of you, enticing you with something you seemingly can't have.
There are five red flags of fraud that every investor should know – and learning about these red flags is your best defense. Watch this video to learn more about Reciprocity. This tactic relies on the assumption that if someone gives you something, you are obliged to return the favor.
Knowing more about how fraud works can help protect you and your investments. Your best defense is to learn about the red flags of fraud. This video will explain how cons use Scarcity to create a false sense of urgency by claiming there’s a limited supply or you have to act now, or claiming the opportunity is exclusive.
Fraudsters use all kinds of tactics to get you to give them your money. Learning about these tactics can help you spot the red flags of fraud. This video will explain how fraudsters apply Social Consensus pressure to convince you to invest in their deal.
Knowing more about financial scams and how they work can help protect you and your money. This video will teach you about one important red flag—Source Credibility. This is when a fraudster tries to build credibility by appearing successful, claiming affiliation with a reputable organization or touting a special credential or experience.
The FINRA Foundation is dedicated to helping military service members manage their money with confidence. If you’re struggling with debt, our tips can help you dig yourself out. Remember: if you are having trouble making payments, call your creditor to discuss your options and make a plan with your on-base personal finance manager.
Even smart investors can fall prey to fraud and faulty advice. Former professional baseball star Nomar Garciaparra offers hard-hitting tips for holding on to your wealth.
Laura Astorga lost most of her savings to a Ponzi scheme aimed at the vast Hispanic community in Los Angeles. She wasn't the only victim of Juan Rangel. Rangel relied on his ethnic affinity to defraud hundreds of mostly Spanish-speaking victims through two fraud schemes. See how he lured his victims, and learn to spot the red flags of fraud.
Beau Diamond lured investors with his social status and family name. Even smart, affluent professionals were caught in his $37 million Ponzi scheme. These investors learned the hard way not to rely on just someone's name. Read his story to see what red flags to look for when approached with an investment deal.
Steve Sampler knew a thing or two about finance when he decided to invest in an oil well opportunity. He was a licensed stockbroker with years of experience and knew the ins and outs of investing. But the deal turned out to be a scam—and the $40,000 he invested vanished. How did Sampler fall for a phony investment scam? Watch the video to hear his story.