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The Fraudsters Are Calling, Not Your Custodian!

Jacob King

Jacob King

Be aware!  Fraudsters are calling pretending to be Customer Service Representatives of Charles Schwab and Fidelity Investments.  The odds are you’ll never receive one of these calls; however, because of the serious nature of these calls and the significant financial damage that could ensue, we want you to be informed. 

When these fraudsters get you on the phone, they try to get personal information from you that they can use to steal your money.  Smarter thieves have even been known to recite the victim’s Social Security number, previously made investment purchases, or imitate the custodian’s toll-free (or local) number on your caller ID. 

Our advice to you if you ever receive a call from anyone requesting that you confirm recent transactions or provide personal or account information, is to simply ask for their name and call back number.  Then, hang up and call us.  We’ll be happy to conference in your custodian directly, to determine if the caller is legitimate.

For all the honest, good people out there trying to live their lives the right way, there are groups of con artists trying to steal it away. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States, and yet it seems we can do little to stop it.  Most often identity theft makes the news because of online shopping security breaches. However, identity theft victims aren’t limited to those who shop online—telephone scams are on the rise – and they’re pretending to be custodians of your investment accounts!

We take the security of our client’s accounts very seriously and want to remind you to always protect your personal identifying information.  We appreciate your relationship and thank you for trusting Beaird Harris to manage your financial resources.

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