Securities Fraud covers a wide range of illegal activities, all of which involve the deception of investors or the manipulation of financial markets.
Investment Fraud also covers a wide range of illegal activities, all of which involve the deception of investors or the manipulation of financial markets. Scammers often try to make a new venture sound like a sure-fire money-maker, but investments always involve risk.
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, September 2006A good description of affinity fraud, tips for avoiding these scams, commentary on recent schemes, plus where to go for help.
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U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 2009Useful guide explaining types of fraud, listing questions to ask, how to evaluate and where to go for help.
Commodity Futures Trading CommissionNew from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), SmartCheck gives consumers easy access to free tools to check the background of financial professionals and stay informed on the latest fraud schemes – directly from those who regulate financial professionals. Using these tools can help the smart investor continue making smart investment decisions.
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.This free publication is available to consumers at no cost through the General Service Administration's Consumer Catalog and has been approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission for inclusion in the catalog. It provides consumers with the top 10 "red flags" to look for in order to avoid getting defrauded by a financial advisor, tips to avoid fraudulent practices, and a list of agencies/organizations to go to lodge a complaint against a financial advisor.
Commodity Futures Trading CommissionOne of the most common frauds the CFTC see is in foreign currency trading (Forex).
U.S. Securities and Exchange CommissionThis web page tells you how to spot different types of Internet fraud, what the SEC is doing to fight Internet investment scams, and how to use the Internet to invest wisely.
Federal Trade Commission, September 2010If you're thinking about investing in bullion or bullion coins, the FTC says your best bet is to research your options. Being uninformed can have costly consequences.
Federal Trade Commission, September 2010If you're thinking about buying collectible coins as an investment, the FTC has three words for you: research, research, research. Get tips to help you investigate before you invest.
Federal Trade Commission, January 2011The FTC says if you are interested in buying gold, do some digging before investing. Some gold promoters don't deliver what they promise.
U.S. Securities and Exchange CommissionA Ponzi scheme is an investment fraud that involves the payment of purported returns to existing investors from funds contributed by new investors. Learn about Ponzi schemes and steps you can take to avoid them.
U.S. Securities and Exchange CommissionFederal and state securities laws require brokers, investment advisers, and their firms to be licensed or registered. One phone call or web search may save you from sending your money to a con artist, a bad financial professional or disreputable firm.
Federal Bureau of InvestigationA concise web page containing information on securities fraud awareness and prevention tips.