MINT HILL, NC – It’s unfortunate but true: During this period of economic uncertainty, we’ve seen a lot of financial scams. But it goes on even during normal times, too, so you’ll want to know what to look for, and how to defend yourself.
Here’s one step you can take: Review your credit reports at least once a year to make sure no one has opened any fraudulent new accounts in your name.
Also, be alert for suspicious email messages. No legitimate business will use this method to tell you that you have to provide personal or financial information.
One more suggestion: Resist any offers for investments that say you must act now. No reputable financial advisor will ever try to force you to take such swift action, and if an investment is legitimate, it will be available tomorrow, next week and next year.
Finally, if you still get some paper financial documents and statements, be sure to shred them when they’re no longer needed.
You save and invest for years to help achieve your long-term goals. Don’t let any of your efforts be undone by financial fraudsters.
If you have any questions, please contact me at 980-859-2549 or by e-mail at Brandon.Monette@edwardjones.com
This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.