Editor’s Note: This episode initially aired on Nov. 30, 2023. It may contain some details that are out of date.
In this episode, we’re talking about how money FOMO, among other things, can make you vulnerable to scams and how to avoid being a victim.
Cryptocurrency was all the rage for a couple of years, and it seemed nothing could go wrong. It was a very social experience. In 2022, 31% of new crypto investors got started with advice from a friend. On top of that, 10% of investors cited the fear of missing out, or FOMO, as a reason to get into the market.
When inexperienced investors flood into fad investments like crypto, scammers aren’t far behind. And that’s exactly what happened with crypto. The market collapsed, and thousands of would-be millionaires had their savings wiped out.
Let’s make sure crap like this doesn’t happen to you.
Host Stacy Johnson is joined by financial journalist Miranda Marquit. Listening in and sometimes contributing is producer Aaron Freeman. Today investigative reporter Zeke Faux, author of the book Number Go Up, just named a book of the year by the Washington Post, will join us to talk about how the fear of missing out can lead to scams.
Before you listen, remember: This isn’t financial advice. So make sure to do your own research and consult your own experts before acting on anything you learn here.
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Watch out for scams
Scams are everywhere. Even smart people can fall for scams. As we talked about with our guest, there are many reasons people fall prey to fraudsters. Here are some scams to watch out for, as well as resources on avoiding scams:
- 9 States Where People Face the Highest Risk of Identity Theft and Fraud
- Hear a Loved One’s Voice Calling for Help? It Might Be a Scam
- Don’t Fall for These 5 Types of Costly Small-Business Scams
- 24 Costco Scams Going Around Right Now
- 7 Text Message Scams to Avoid and Report Immediately
- Free Program Uses AI to Spot Scams Before They Trap You
- How to Avoid Mail Delivery Phishing Scams
- How to Tell If Fraudsters Have Opened Bank Accounts in Your Name
- 6 Things Scammers Do With Your Cellphone Number
- 4 Beliefs That Make You Easy Prey for Scammers
How to invest — without being scammed
Investing is still one of the best ways to build wealth over time. And, just because cryptocurrency ended up being ripe for fraudsters, it doesn’t mean all investments are scams. Here are some resources for making money with investments:
- The Investing Combo Linked to a Better Retirement Lifestyle
- Why Index Fund Investing Is Good for Your Retirement
- 7 of the Best Dividend Stocks to Help Fund Your Retirement
- 5 Simple Tips to Make Money With Stocks
- Investing in Gold and Gold IRAs: 5 Things You Need to Know
- How to Choose Between Active and Passive Investing
- 7 Things You Should Know Before Investing in I Bonds
- 9 Tips for Sane and Successful Stock Investing
- Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investing: Hope or Hype?
- How to Invest When Both Stocks and Bonds Are Falling
- 7 of the Best Ways to Invest That Don’t Involve Stocks
- How to Find the Best Dividend Stocks, Step by Step
Meet this week’s guest, Zeke Faux
Zeke Faux is an investigative reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg News, and a former National Fellow at New America. He’s a winner of the Gerald Loeb award, the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel award and a National Magazine Award finalist. His work has also appeared in New York Magazine, and the anthologies The Year’s Best Sportswriting and The Best Business Writing. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three children.
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About the hosts
Stacy Johnson founded Money Talks News in 1991. He’s a CPA, and he has also earned licenses in stocks, commodities, options principal, mutual funds, life insurance, securities supervisor and real estate.
Miranda Marquit, MBA, is a financial expert, writer and speaker. She’s been covering personal finance and investing topics for almost 20 years. When not writing and podcasting, she enjoys travel, reading and the outdoors.