2020年10月31日星期六
 
專家論市
Martin Hennecke

SFC joins Facebook to warn over scams
 
25/09/2020
 
<p>The Securities and Futures Commission has launched an official Facebook page with a campaign to warn the public about the increasing use of social media platforms to defraud investors.</p><p>Investors were urged to be wary when offered &quot;inside information&quot; or investment tips online, particularly when strangers on social media promote small-cap or less liquid stocks. These scams are often part of &quot;ramp and dump&quot; schemes which can result in the collapse of a listed firm&#39;s share price.</p><p>In a ramp and dump scam, fraudsters ramp up the price of a small counter, lure investors to buy at an artificially high price and then dump, selling the stock.</p><p>Most of the time, investors do not know the identities of the people who urge them to buy the stock or the reliability of the information. In some cases, scammers have impersonated well-known investment advisers and popular market commentators to draw victims into the scheme.</p><p>The Facebook page will feature investor warnings about market risks, unlicensed activity and other illegal conduct.</p>
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