Run--don't just walk away from any pitch that uses words like "guaranteed," "sure thing" or "no risk" while claiming a sustained return much in excess of what you can get with T-bills or a bank CD admittedly, not much these days .

If it's a sure thing, why isn't the promoter on the Forbes 400 list with Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett.

Or a fellow Lithuanian, African American, Mason, Orthodox Jew, Rotarian or whatever.

Beware any appeal that seeks to leverage a shared characteristic with you such as race, religion or social membership.

That can be a tip-off to affinity fraud, premised on your letting down your guard because you re with a spirit you think is kindred.

The current wave of collapsing Chinese stocks is being led by fallen reverse mergers.

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