Protecting against the possibility of fraud is obviously of the utmost importance when dealing with investments. There are measures you can easily take to give yourself the best possible safeguards against fraudulent activity.
The golden rule is to avoid purchasing shares from unknown sources. Many experienced investors have been caught out by so-called boiler room operations, where unscrupulous fake stockbrokers attempt to sell worthless shares at inflated prices.
The key is to always use a reputable financial adviser.