From the Sun-Sentinel, as the Facebook IPO arrives, not only are investors lining up for what they hope will be a golden opportunity, but so are scammers. The combination of heavy hype, potentially lucrative returns and starry-eyed novice players in the equities market have created ripe conditions for con artists to operate, according to financial regulators and securities attorneys. People are being warned to be especially careful about offers to purchase private shares of Facebook before the initial public offering (IPO) of stock expected later this week.
'It's the hottest IPO in years and anything that is hot will be exploited by scammers," said Jim Sallah, a Boca Raton securities attorney. "If you want to raise a quick $5 million, the quickest thing to do is start marketing Facebook pre-IPO shares."