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Updated Investor Alert: Social Media and Investing - Avoiding Fraud

11/12/2014

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Alert to help investors be better aware of fraudulent investment schemes that may involve social media. U.S. retail investors are increasingly turning to social media, including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn and other online networks for information about investing.

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Updated Investor Alert: SEC Warns of Government Impersonators Demanding Money

08/05/2015

SEC staff is issuing this updated Investor Alert because we are aware of fraudulent communications, including official looking documents such as bogus subpoenas, that purport to be from the Securities and Exchange Commission demanding money for fictitious securities law violations.  

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Investor Alert: Fraudulent Stock Promotions

07/29/2015

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Alert to warn investors about fraudsters who promote a stock to drive up the stock price and then sell their own shares at the inflated price, making money at investors’ expense.

Fraudsters who conduct stock promotions are often paid promoters or company insiders who stand to gain by selling their shares after creating a buying frenzy and pumping up the stock price.  The promoters or insiders make profits for themselves while creating losses for unsuspecting investors.  

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Investor Alert: Beware of Fantasy Stock Trading Websites Offering Real Returns

06/17/2015

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Alert to warn investors about fantasy stock trading and other similar websites that may violate federal securities laws designed to protect investors from abuses in the swaps market.

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Investor Alert for Seniors: Five Red Flags of Investment Fraud

Older Americans are often targets of investment fraud.  The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Alert to help seniors identify signs that what is offered as an investment may actually be a fraud.  Below are five “red flags” seniors should look out for when making an investment decision.

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Investor Alert: Beware of False or Exaggerated Credentials

06/03/2015
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Updated Investor Alert: SEC Warns of Government Impersonators

05/11/2015

SEC staff is issuing this updated Investor Alert because we are aware of continuing fraudulent solicitations that purport to be affiliated with or sponsored by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The SEC does not endorse investment offers, assist in the purchase or sale of securities, or participate in money transfers.  SEC staff will not, for example, contact individuals by telephone or email for purposes of:

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Investor Alert: Automated Investment Tools

05/08/2015

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) are issuing this alert to provide investors with a general overview of automated investment tools.

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Updated Investor Alert: Beware of Companies Using the SEC Seal

04/03/2015

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this updated Investor Alert to help investors identify fraudsters’ unauthorized use of the SEC seal as a way to convince prospective customers that a fraud, including an advance-fee loan scam, is legitimate. 

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Investor Alert: “Prime Bank” Investments Are Scams

02/05/2015

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA) is issuing this Investor Alert to warn investors about fraudulent investment schemes involving purportedly high-yield, risk-free international finance programs.

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