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Investor Alerts

Investor Alert: Social Media and Investing - Avoiding Fraud

01/04/2012

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. Whether it be for research on particular stocks, background information on a broker-dealer or investment adviser, guidance on an overall investing strategy, up-to-date news, or to simply discuss the markets with others, social media has become a key tool for U.S. investors....Read more

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Investor Alert: Investment Seminars – Trading Seminar Scams

10/25/2011

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Alert to warn investors of potential scams they may encounter at investment seminars that purport to teach investors trading strategies that will allow them quickly and easily to make money trading securities.Read more

Investor Alert: Self-Directed IRAs and the Risk of Fraud

09/23/2011

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA) and the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) are issuing this Investor Alert to warn investors of the potential risks associated with investing through self-directed Individual Retirement Accounts (self-directed IRAs).Read more

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Updated Investor Alert: Investor Warning Regarding Possible Advance Fee Fraud Targeting Deaf Investors

08/23/2011

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this update to alert investors, including deaf investors, about “Imperia Invest IBC” and similarly-named companies. Read more

Cobell Indian Trust Settlement Payout Recipients - Be on the Lookout for Investment Scams

07/29/2011

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Alert to help educate investors, including individuals receiving lump sum payouts from the federal government in connection with the $3.4 billion Indian Trust Settlement, about potential investment frauds that target recipients of lump sum payouts.Read more

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