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Google All So-Called Financial Experts

[/fusion_text][fusion_text]A client forwarded me an email last week that originally came from a so-called expert on investing in gold. One of the fun games I like to play when I get emails like this is to Google the investment firm publishing the results. This time I didn’t even need to get to the results. I started typing “Blah Blah Investments” and when I hit the spacebar after investments, Google politely suggested that my next word be “scam.” With another minute of research I found that this company had 133 customer complaints with the Better Business Bureau alleging improper billing and other sleazy marketing practices. Needless to say I wasn’t dealing with Charles Schwab or JP Morgan.

It’s important to do a quick Google search on random investment advice that gets sent your way. The internet has made it really easy for anyone to put together a fancy looking email and instantaneously send it out to the masses. Google, while not perfect, is a good first screen to weed out the bad apples. From there you can move on to the merits of the investment advice. I did go back through the investment thesis by the way. It was risky and flawed, at best.

Of course the name of the firm isn’t really “Blah Blah Investments.” I did not want to inadvertently give these scammers any free publicity or better search results by referring to them by name. Better luck next time, gold guy.[/fusion_text][separator style_type=”single” top_margin=”” bottom_margin=”” sep_color=”” icon=”” width=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]

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