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Investor Alerts

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.Read more

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.Read more

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 estadounidenses, ya sea para investigar acciones particulares, investigar antecedentes de los agentes, corredores de bolsa o asesores de inversiones, como guía sobre las estrategias globales de inversión, para obtener noticias actualizadas o simplemente para hablar de los mercados con otras personas.Read more

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.Read more

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. 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