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    Scammed by Garrett Knight Associates cold calling?

    I was called from a company called Garrett Knight Associates. Studied their history and found their website is almost 10 years old. Found many posts on separate website on them giving financial advice. Bought some shares on their recommendation and wanted to sell them now. Company impossible to reach, and does not answer. Decent website, answered all calls last year, 2015. Anybody else with investments at this company? How do I go about getting some money back, or at least warn other people?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soapboxmom View Post
    They are not registered with the SEC.

    Anytime the place to report a crime or possible crime is not obvious, the following link gives your concern to the FBI where it will be properly directed.

    https://complaint.ic3.gov/default.aspx
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    Quote Originally Posted by Koenna View Post
    I was called from a company called Garrett Knight Associates. Studied their history and found their website is almost 10 years old. Found many posts on separate website on them giving financial advice. Bought some shares on their recommendation and wanted to sell them now. Company impossible to reach, and does not answer. Decent website, answered all calls last year, 2015. Anybody else with investments at this company? How do I go about getting some money back, or at least warn other people?

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    Let me guess that you didn't get the shares of the investment stock you bought through them, and you did not get any confirmation of your trade. Am I right?

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    Garrettknight.com is registered to a company based in Japan:



    and the website is hosted in Germany:



    Which leaves you in the difficult position of having to deal with the Japanese authorities to obtain a refund.

    Posting your warning here is probably the best option for informing potential victims, but, unfortunately you're going to face extreme difficulty (and cost) trying to reclaim your money.

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    Hi, Received a trade confirmation on their letterhead. Not sure how to follow up with relevant company to confirm validity that I own stock.
    Also, the money I lost was paid over to a bank in China, as they explained that they keep it in something like trust account. I'm not sure how
    they were suppose to work if everything was legit. Should I not get some type of share certificate or something?
    Last edited by Koenna; 01-27-2016 at 04:19 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koenna View Post
    I was called from a company called Garrett Knight Associates. Studied their history and found their website is almost 10 years old. Found many posts on separate website on them giving financial advice. Bought some shares on their recommendation and wanted to sell them now. Company impossible to reach, and does not answer. Decent website, answered all calls last year, 2015. Anybody else with investments at this company? How do I go about getting some money back, or at least warn other people?

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    Koenna, hopefully your post here describing your experience with being ripped off by Garrett Knight Associates will serve a significant purpose in warning others. It is likely you will not ever get any of your money back; others report similar experiences.

    A golden rule of investing has always been: "Never buy anything from someone who cold-calls you with an investment offer".
    If the deal they are offering is that lucrative, why are they willing to share it with you (a total stranger)?

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    I believe that if it's too good to be true, I normally is. This investment did not make any lucrative profit, and the only profit I stand to make would be the
    unexpected drop in our forex rate. They could never have predicted our Currency collapse. Ironically, if they promises huge returns I would not have invested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koenna View Post
    Hi, Received a trade confirmation on their letterhead. Not sure how to follow up with relevant company to confirm validity that I own stock.
    Also, the money I lost was paid over to a bank in China, as they explained that they keep it in something like trust account. I'm not sure how
    they were suppose to work if everything was legit. Should I not get some type of share certificate or something?
    If you bought stock in a company, all you have to do is contact the company and give them the date you bought their shares and ask them to confirm you are listed as a shareholder of record for the number of shares you bought. Attach a copy of the letterhead from Garrett Knight Associates showing you purchased their shares. Tell them that you have not received your shares of stock, and Garrett Knight Associates are not communicating with you, and this is why you are contacting them directly. Let the company do your work for you to see if you can get your shares of stock. If you can get the shares, then you can take them to any broker/dealer and sell them any time you want. Hope this helped.
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    Company phone me again today. Said they are always available via email or phone. I beg to differ thou. They explained why they are not registered. All making perfect sense. I can't get my initial investment back, as they are a big company and don't do single transaction trading. I have to invest more money now in another share, which, after it's done, I can then get back my invested money a bit later on, or a part of it as some need to stay in the account. They probably read these posts, that might be why I got a call today. If I'm mistaken I'll remove the post, but for now I have no reason to believe I'll ever get any money back from them. Got email from Japan FSA this morning, They claim the company appears to not exit. I'll forward this mail to anybody considering to invest into this company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koenna View Post
    Company phone me again today. Said they are always available via email or phone. I beg to differ thou. They explained why they are not registered. All making perfect sense. I can't get my initial investment back, as they are a big company and don't do single transaction trading. I have to invest more money now in another share, which, after it's done, I can then get back my invested money a bit later on, or a part of it as some need to stay in the account. They probably read these posts, that might be why I got a call today. If I'm mistaken I'll remove the post, but for now I have no reason to believe I'll ever get any money back from them. Got email from Japan FSA this morning, They claim the company appears to not exit. I'll forward this mail to anybody considering to invest into this company.
    They are lying. If they are doing trading, they have to be registered and licensed to do it no matter where they are located. They are also lying when they say you have to buy another share before you can get back your money, or at least part of it as some of it must stay in your account. It is all BS and smoke and mirrors. Do not send them any more money or you can kiss it bye too. The are a scam.
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    Re: Scammed by Garrett Knight Associates cold calling?

    Quote Originally Posted by Koenna View Post
    Company phone me again today. Said they are always available via email or phone. I beg to differ thou. They explained why they are not registered. All making perfect sense. I can't get my initial investment back, as they are a big company and don't do single transaction trading. I have to invest more money now in another share, which, after it's done, I can then get back my invested money a bit later on, or a part of it as some need to stay in the account. They probably read these posts, that might be why I got a call today. If I'm mistaken I'll remove the post, but for now I have no reason to believe I'll ever get any money back from them. Got email from Japan FSA this morning, They claim the company appears to not exit. I'll forward this mail to anybody considering to invest into this company.
    Koenna, the bullsh*t statement from Garrett Knight Associates I have highlighted in red above is one of the most well-worn "follow-up-scams" in the business of online fraud. I've seen the exact same verbiage (designed extract an additional sum from people who have already been ripped off) used by scammers from Russia, Eastern Europe, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Thankfully, their website does get as much traffic as a typical "hit-and-run" HYIP SCAM; it looks like they may rely more on phones than the internet to rip people off.

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