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Buyer beware! The top 10 investment scams

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Has someone made you an investment offer that sounds too good—and lucrative—to be true? Then it probably is. Financial advisor rating firm Paladin Research & Registry has compiled a list of the 10 most common and potentially destructive investment scams out there. From the always suspect pyramid scheme to potentially shady annuity sales, here's a look at where you should avoid putting your money—at all costs.

By CNBC's Kenneth Kiesnoski
Posted 07 April 2015

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