It has happened to us all. We invest money with the best intentions only to discover, in hindsight, we made a huge mistake. Sometimes the mistake is legitimate- our analysis was faulty, we let our emotions get the better of us, or we just had bad luck in timing. It stings. But when we lose money from a financial fraud, the regret is immense. The pain is compounded because many investment frauds were avoidable if we had only paid attention to the warning signs.