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The SEC's Office of Investor Education and Advocacy regularly publishes educational content and participates in a variety of outreach events, all designed to help investors make better decisions and avoid fraud. Tune in to for news, alerts, and events that may be of interest to you.

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The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced it has obtained a court order freezing the assets of a South Florida woman and her company accused of purchasing a boat and luxury cars with money she raised from investors seeking U.S. residency through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Pilot Program. Read more: Assets Frozen in Alleged Immigration Scam


The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced fraud charges against several alleged perpetrators behind a $78 million pump-and-dump scheme involving the stock of Jammin’ Java, a company that operates as Marley Coffee and uses trademarks of late reggae artist Bob Marley to sell coffee products. Read more: SEC Charges Pump-and-Dump in Marley Coffee Stock


The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that a Hartford, Conn.-based investment management firm agreed to pay $16.5 million to settle charges that it misled mutual fund investors and others with advertisements containing false historical performance data about AlphaSector, a major exchange-traded fund (ETF) portfolio strategy. Read more: Mutual Fund Adviser Advertised False Performance Claims


The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Bulletin for investors to provide them with the basics, including some of the potential risks, of short sales. Read more: Investor Bulletin: An Introduction to Short Sales


The Securities and Exchange Commission today barred two brokers at a now-defunct Connecticut brokerage for giving customer order information to certain favored customers, helping those customers get better prices while generating extra commissions for their firm. The SEC also ordered the brokers to pay financial penalties. Read more: SEC Bars Brokers Who Played Favorites to Double Their Commissions