Have I Been The Victim Of A White Collar Crime?
Many people picture criminals in action in dark, smoky rooms or at night on the street but that is not always the case. Perpetrators of white collar crimes often do so with a smile and a handshake by taking advantage of the trust and reputation they have built among their clients and colleagues. Recognizing that you have been the victim of white collar crime can conjure up feelings of embarrassment and fear. Many people do not want to admit that they have been ignorant of their financial situations and unintentionally allowed others to take advantage of their trust. The Law Office of Michael B. Cohen is ready to be your advocate if you believe you have been the victim of white collar crime at the hands of a financial professional, including:
- Securities fraud
- Investment scams
- Wire fraud
- Insider trading
Your ability to recognize criminal activity is key to achieving justice following a bad investment. Trust your intuition. Where there is smoke, there is fire; and chances are that if you feel like a victim, you probably are.
Are You Being Taken Advantage Of By A Financial Professional?
If you have invested money with a financial planner through a broker-dealer, chances are you did so that you don’t have to worry about investing yourself. Options are confusing, and you want straightforward advice.
This feeling is understandable, but it doesn’t relieve you of your duty to know what your financial planner is doing for your future. Ask yourself the following questions about your planner:
- Have they been proactive and accommodating about meeting with you annually?
- Are they providing annual or quarterly statements on your portfolio?
- Do you feel like you are getting your money’s worth for their services?
- Have they promised investment results that haven’t provided a return?
The vast majority of financial professionals are forthright and well-intentioned in representing their clients, but hundreds of people every year still fall victim to the small percent of those who are not.
If you believe you have been the victim of investment fraud or other white collar crimes, contact Altoona white collar crime attorney Michael B. Cohen to learn more about your rights today.