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Updated Investor Alert: Fraudulent Stock Promotions

03/29/2016

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Updated 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.

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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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Alerta al inversionista actualizada: Las redes sociales y la inversión: Cómo evitar fraudes

12/11/2014

La Office of Investor Education and Advocacy de la SEC publica esta Alerta para el Inversionista para ayudarlos a tomar consciencia de los sistemas de inversión fraudulentos que podrían involucrar redes sociales. Los inversionistas minoristas de Estados Unidos están recurriendo cada vez más a las redes sociales, incluyendo Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn y otras redes en línea para obtener información sobre cómo invertir. Las redes sociales se han convertido en una herramienta clave para los inversionistas estadouni

Investor Alert: Investment Scams Involving Ebola-Related Companies

11/20/2014

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Alert to warn investors about investment scams involving companies that claim their products or services relate to Ebola.

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