With all of the talk these days about the need to find alternative energy sources, there is a real demand for “Green” energy. There are a lot of legitimate entrepreneurs out there looking for investors to put up money to fund new energy-saving environmentally-friendly ideas. With every legitimate entrepreneur however, comes a hundred scam artists also looking to make a buck from unsuspecting potential victims.
On December 29, 2009, FINRA, the organization tasked with regulating the financial services industry, issues an Investor Alert entitled, Save Your Greenbanks – Don’t Fall for Green Energy Scams. The Investor Alert provides a great discussion on ways to avoid becoming a victim of these scams.
Some tips include:
1. Beware of investment opportunities promises high returns;
2. Beware of unsolicited recommendations communicated through methods such as faxes, emails, text messages, etc.;
3. Don’t invest in things you do not understand.
The most unfortunate part of these scams is that when something goes wrong, there is rarely a chance to recover the losses from the fraudster because they are almost always insolvent. As a result, the best approach is to stay away altogether.
Jason Doss is the owner of The Doss Firm, LLC, an Atlanta-based law firm devoted to representing consumers across the country in a variety of areas including investment disputes and consumer class action litigation. Mr. Doss earned his J.D. from Florida State University in 2002 and his B.A. from the University of Florida in 1997.