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10/17/2013

Investor Alert: Beware of Pyramid Schemes Posing as Multi-Level Marketing Programs

The SEC's Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Alert to warn individual investors about pyramid schemes, a type of investment scam that fraudsters often pitch as a legitimate business opportunity in the form of multi-level marketing programs.Read more

10/17/2013

SEC Halts Pyramid Scheme Targeting Asian-American Community

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced charges and asset freezes against the operators and promoters of a worldwide pyramid scheme that falsely promises exponential, risk-free returns to investors in a venture that purportedly sells Internet-based children’s educational courses.Read more

10/16/2013

SEC Charges Knight Capital With Violations of Market Access Rule

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Knight Capital Americas LLC has agreed to pay $12 million to settle charges that it violated the agency’s market access rule in connection with the firm’s Aug. 1, 2012 trading incident that disrupted the markets.Read more

10/10/2013

Previously Unknown Insider Traders in Heinz Agree to $5 Million Settlement

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that two brothers in Brazil have agreed to pay nearly $5 million to settle charges that they were behind suspicious trading in call options for H.J. Heinz Company the day before the company publicly announced its acquisition.Read more

10/03/2013

Investor Alert: SEC Warns of Fake Correspondence

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Alert to warn investors about fraudulent solicitations using correspondence claiming to be from SEC staff and Commissioners (including phony letters using the SEC seal and purporting to be signed by Commissioner Daniel Gallagher).Read more