According to Orlando Sentinel law enforcement authorities gathered this month in Orlando for a summit focused on fraud, identity theft and other type of financial schemes.
Glenn Stuart Gordon, associate regional director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Miami office, was cited by Orlando Sentinel saying that the retirees with savings, wealthy individuals and immigrants who form a significant part of Florida’s population make it prone to this type of infractions.
Gordon said Ponzi schemes and a lot of “affinity” scams — where fraudsters prey on particular ethnic or religious groups — are very common in Florida. Orlando Sentinel also cites U.S. Attorney Robert O’Neill, stating that the scams are getting more and more sophisticated, especially when discussing about investor fraud cases.
A few tips from the Securities and Exchange Commission:
- Ask questions and do your own research before you invest.
- Look for the company’s financial statements on the SEC’s website
- Be skeptical regarding unsolicited offers and pitches to invest in a company and if someone recommends foreign or “off-shore” investments.
With the notice that if it looks too good to be true, it usually is, our criminal defense attorney in South Florida advises you to pay attention to this kind of situation and look for an experienced criminal defense attorney if you get involved in such a criminal context.