Thursday, August 9, 2012

FBI Busts Phillip D. Murphy for Defrauding Investors

 Straight off the FBI presses, Philip D Murphy allegedly participated in a complex fraud scheme.

"A former financial services executive was indicted yesterday for his participation in a far-reaching conspiracy and scheme to defraud related to bidding for contracts for the investment of municipal bond proceeds and other municipal finance contracts, the Department of Justice announced.

The three-count indictment was filed yesterday in the U.S. District Court in Charlotte, North Carolina. The indictment charges Phillip D. Murphy, a former executive for a financial institution, with participating in a wire fraud scheme and separate fraud conspiracies from as early as 1998 until 2006."

In only a few minutes, an unscrupulous con artist or fast talking 'financial advisor' can swindle an unsuspecting consumer out of a nest egg that took a lifetime to build. Unlike muggers and thieves, investment fraud artists don't take your money against your will; they persuade you to hand it over willingly.
Here's how one convicted con man describes the way he targeted senior citizens:

"...The key is to become friends with the victim first. I always talked to someone several times before ever asking for a sale. I asked them about their life, listened to their stories, kept them company, flattered them. 'Edie, you couldn't possibly be 75 years young. Why my wife is only 35 and you sound just like she does over the phone!' Once they were my friends and trusted me, I could sell them until they ran out of money..."

You don't have to be wealthy to capture the eye of a con artist. Many of their prime targets are older consumers with little or no experience investing money.

Suspicious Sales Pitches

Beware of any promoter whose investment presentation:
  • Preys on fear. Con artists know senior citizens often worry about out living their savings or experiencing a catastrophic event that could wipe out savings. They may say the investment is a way to build up so much savings you won't have to worry.
  • Involves the latest trend. Be skeptical of promises of instant profits, as in pyramid schemes, where you must enlist others. Other recent frauds involve investments in wireless cable or telecommunications licenses or stations, so-called 'prime bank instruments,' precious metals and mines, international deals, and gas and oil drilling ventures.
  • Pushes you to invest money in a plan you don't understand.
  • Offers testimonials you have no way to check out.
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