4 ways to be an easy mark for investor fraud

Don't be like FryGrowing your wealth through sensible investing can seem like an agonizingly slow process sometimes. Even in a great year when the stock market returns 15 percent, it takes a whole year to make $1,500 on a $10,000 investment. Toss in there years where the markets show flat or negative returns, and it can sometimes feel like you’re stuck on a treadmill.

That’s probably why promising huge, guaranteed returns with no plans to ever actually return peoples’ money continues to be such a great business in the U.S.; more than $20 billion was stolen through investor fraud in 2011 and 2012, according to estimates from the Department of Justice.

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