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Are You a Potential Financial Fraud Victim?

Eighty percent of Americans have found themselves targeted by investment scammers, according to a new report from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation. Findings in the study also showed that 40 percent of respondents were unable to identify even the most classic red flags of financial fraud.

For example, many of those surveyed lacked an understanding of reasonable returns on investments, leaving them vulnerable to fraudulent pitches that promised unrealistic or guaranteed returns, the study said.  In fact, more than 4 in 10 respondents found an annual return of 110% for an investment appealing and 43 percent found “fully guaranteed” investments to be appealing. In reality,  no investment is without risk and 100% annual returns are highly improbable. Such promises are common pitches of fraudsters.

Con artists are adept at using a variety of tactics to get their hands on consumers’ money. The FINRA Foundation’s survey found that 64 percent of those surveyed had been invited to an “educational” investment meeting that was likely a sales pitch. Additionally, 67 percent of respondents said they had received an email from another country offering a large amount of money in exchange for an initial deposit or fee.

Older Americans are particularly vulnerable to fraud scams. The FINRA study found that Americans age 65 and older were more likely to be targeted by fraudsters and more likely to lose money once they were targeted. Upon being solicited for fraud, older respondents were 34% more likely to lose money than respondents in their forties, the study said.

This quiz from ABC News lets you test your awareness about financial fraud.

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