CHICAGO — Each year, thousands fall victim to boiler-room schemes which use high-pressure sales techniques to convince unsuspecting victims to invest in fictitious investments that appear to be real, according to IRS Criminal Investigation.

The organization said criminals hide behind fake investment firms and a network of shell companies to prey on unsuspecting victims worldwide. This year, as part of International Fraud Awareness Week, IRS-CI has issued the following tips to avoid becoming a boiler-room target.

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