California Securities Fraud
A security is an investment in a business whose value depends upon the assets and earnings of the business issuing it. Securities include stocks, bonds, options, mutual funds, variable annuities, and many other types of investments. Securities fraud occurs when an individual (usually a financial advisor or stockbroker) provides false, misleading, or deceptive information to their clients that induces them to purchase securities that are financially harmful to them. Securities fraud can be financially devastating to its victims, and investors are thus protected by a network of federal and state laws that impose penalties upon those who engage in it.
The California securities fraud attorneys at the Evans Law Firm are experts at representing individuals who have suffered financial harm as a result of securities fraud. When you work with us, you can expect the highest quality of service, including:
- Prompt responses to communication
- Legal advice from experienced, successful attorneys
- Highly personalized attention
If you are a victim of securities fraud, you may be entitled to recover under both California or federal law. If you are a senior, the fraud may also constitute financial elder abuse entitling you to extra damages and the award of your attorneys’ fees and costs in certain cases. Our attorneys have pursued many of these types of cases and have a proven track record of obtaining successful outcomes for our clients. We pursue all remedies available to victims.
We Handle All Types of Securities Fraud Cases
Our securities fraud attorneys have the knowledge and experience necessary to protect your interests and advocate on your behalf in recovering the assets you lost. We handle all types of securities fraud cases, but some of the most common that we see include:
- FINRA Investigations
- Ponzi schemes and other pyramid schemes
- Microcap stock and penny stock fraud
- Insider trading
- High-yield investment programs
- Sale of unsuitable investments
- Misrepresentation or concealment of information
- Pump and dump schemes
- Advance fee fraud
- Affinity fraud
- Pre-IPO investment scams
- Promissory notes
- Prime bank investments
All of these various forms of securities fraud involve different methods and techniques to defraud their victims, but they share a common set of elements — they all occur when one party takes advantage of another party by inducing them to make financial decisions based on false information.
We Know Securities Fraud
Our California securities fraud attorneys have represented many victims of securities fraud and have thus heard many stories. While each case is different, there are a few common warning signs that indicate that you are a victim of securities fraud or are at risk of becoming a victim of securities fraud. Some of the most common of these are:
- Investments that sound too good to be true
- Guarantees that an investment will perform a certain way
- Individuals who are selling unregistered securities
- Complex investing techniques
- Missing documentation concerning the investment (e.g., prospectuses, circulars, etc.)
- Strange activity in your account (e.g., unauthorized trades, missing funds, accounting errors, etc.)
- Pushy salespeople who attempt to persuade you to make immediate decisions
If you or someone you love has experienced any of these occurrences, you may be at risk of becoming a victim of securities fraud and should act swiftly to protect your financial health.
Contact a California Securities Fraud Attorney at the Evans Law Firm
Victims of securities fraud are protected by numerous state and federal laws that allow them to pursue legal claims to recover lost assets and other damages to which you may be entitled. For more information about pursuing a securities fraud claim, contact the Evans Law Firm online or by calling 415-441-8669.