Gold / Criminal charges
My mother was close to selling her entire IRA to invest it all in gold at Lear Financial. A man named James Novak was selling it to her on the phone. I happened to type Lear Financial into Google to try to find out some information about it and came across the page on [redacted]s.com, which alone was surely enough to dissuade my mother from investing in it. Then I decided to try to investigate James Novak, who claimed to be the third-highest-ranking employee at Lear Financial. Since my mom mentioned he is currently living in Malibu, I managed to find him in a Google search. Apparently he and his wife were convicted for operating a nationwide telemarketing scam out of Oahu from [protected]. They were ordered to pay $860, 000 to 60 customers and sentenced to 3 and 5 years in prison. Details in the article: archives.starbulletin.com/2002/06/07/business/story4.html
I'm glad I checked.