It is easy to get lost among huge offers of investment projects, and it is possible to come across fraudsters in the pursuit of stable income and minimal risk. It is therefore important to pay attention to how to protect yourselves against such threats.
What is meant by fraud in the financial sector?
Fraud is conscious failure for administrators and owners of financial projects to fulfill their obligations and contract terms before investors. Such projects and dishonest entrepreneurs are fairly common. They are cunning and sly, and it is more and more difficult to recognize the criminal scheme each time.
There are a number of features relating the project to financial fraud. They are fairly conventional, but their presence already warns investors to be more cautious, and even not to participate in the proposed fraud.
Signs of Financial Fraud
The most common signs of fraud in the sphere of investments are the following:
– the long term fixed income;
– the project uniqueness;
– the absence of loss-sharing conditions;
– the limited period for joining the project.
The lack of at least one of the following signs points to a dubious project.
1. long term fixed income. Regardless of the project, you are sure to consider the conditions for gaining profit. When invested money turns over despite forecasts, it is impossible to calculate the exact amount of the expected profit even in the short term. What to say about the long term?
The investment market is dynamic, subject to changes, it is influenced by the political processes in the world, natural disasters and other factors, which are difficult to foresee. Moreover, there is the risk of loss. That is why, the promise of guaranteed long term income often points to fraudulent schemes.
2. The uniqueness of the project. Almost all investment projects are built on the same proven schemes. If a unique project which was not previously known is offered, it is time to be alarmed. The intention of fraudsters is simple: everything new always attracts attention and, consequently, money.
3. The absence of loss-sharing conditions. In addition to the profit-sharing terms there must be loss-sharing conditions among investors and the project owner. If this item in the contract is absent, you should think about putting funds into another investment project.
4. The limited period for joining the project. Before investing in any project, there should be a serious analytical work. This is what distinguishes experienced investors from beginners: they know how to count and analyze. It takes time to gather the necessary information, make calculations and consult with experts.
By putting tough deadlines for joining the project, fraudsters deprive investors of an opportunity to analyze the situation and calculate the risks. And the fear to miss profit pushes investors to invest money in dubious projects.
The only way to protect yourselves from fraudsters is not to hurry. You should carefully check the reputation of projects and to scrutinize all the contract terms. The most profitable investment is the result of the skillful use of information and careful calculation of all the perceived risks.