Money Monday: Avoid Investment Fraud

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Know the Salesperson

Spend some time checking out the person touting the investment before you invest — even if you already know the person socially. Always find out whether the securities salespeople who contact you are licensed to sell securities in your state and whether they or their firms have had run-ins with regulators or other investors. You can check out the disciplinary history of brokers and advisers quickly — and for free — using the SEC's  and FINRA's online databases. Your state securities regulator may have additional information.

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