Were you screwed by Houston's Stanford Financial Group? The FBI would like to talk to you.
Today they've started a major outreach to investors of the Houston company, asking them to contact the agency by phone or e-mail to detail their investment and experience with this year's Enron.
"In an effort to determine the scope of this matter and the amount of losses that may be involved," the announcement says, "the Houston FBI is requesting that investors provide:
Basic contact information (name, address, telephone numbers, e-mail address)
Amount of investments/losses with Stanford Financial Group or affiliates
Whether you can verify your investments by providing the most recent statements
Any additional information that may be helpful."
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We're betting "Robert Stanford is a lunatic, cricket-loving con artist" is not the "any additional information" they're seeking, but you never know.
The dedicated phone line for investors to call is 713-693-5699; the e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org .
Even though they're putting out releases and seeking publicity on the effort, the feds are remaining tight-lipped about the investigation.
"Details of the FBI investigation cannot be discussed at this time, as the investigation is ongoing." spokeswoman Shauna Dunlap says.