Most advisors think they can see through a fraud attempt, but this is becoming increasingly challenging. Fraudsters continue to find new ways to prey on investors and their advisors. Forget the stereotypical image of hackers working out of basements; many are part of large, well-structured criminal enterprises.
As fraudsters become more sophisticated, they’re also more convincing. In some cases, advisors are being tricked by fraudsters posing as clients, using actual details from their lives to sell their deception. Advisors without proper safeguards in place can become targets and subject their business, and their clients, to risk.