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Investor Alert: Bitcoin and Other Virtual Currency-Related Investments

05/07/2014

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Alert to make investors aware about the potential risks of investments involving Bitcoin and other forms of virtual currency.

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Investor Alert: Beware of False Claims of SEC Registration

03/20/2014

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Alert to warn investors about potentially fraudulent investment schemes that involve individuals or firms misrepresenting that they are registered with the SEC. Investors should be careful to check the background, including license and registration status, of any person who tries to sell them an investment product or service, and should avoid investing with anyone who falsely represents that they are registered with the SEC.

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Investor Alert: Beware of Pyramid Schemes Posing as Multi-Level Marketing Programs

10/17/2013

The SEC's Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Alert to warn individual investors about pyramid schemes, a type of investment scam that fraudsters often pitch as a legitimate business opportunity in the form of multi-level marketing programs.

Investor Alert: SEC Warns of Fake Correspondence

10/03/2013

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Alert to warn investors about fraudulent solicitations using correspondence claiming to be from SEC staff and Commissioners (including phony letters using the SEC seal and purporting to be signed by Commissioner Daniel Gallagher).

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Investor Alert: Investment Scams Exploit Immigrant Investor Program

10/01/2013

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Investor Education and Advocacy and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services are jointly issuing this Investor Alert to warn individual investors about fraudulent investment scams that exploit the Immigrant Investor Program, also known as "EB-5."

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Investor Alert: Advertising for Unregistered Securities Offerings

09/23/2013
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Investor Alert: Ponzi Schemes Using Virtual Currencies

07/23/2013

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this investor alert to warn individual investors about fraudulent investment schemes that may involve Bitcoin and other virtual currencies.

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Investor Alert:  Beware Investment Offers Implying SEC Endorsement

06/24/2013
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Investor Alert—Don’t Trade on Pump-And-Dump Stock Emails

06/12/2013

FINRA and the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy are issuing this Investor Alert to warn investors to be on the lookout for email spam promoting “pump-and-dump” stock scams.

Email stock spamming is back in high gear.  The latest McAfee Threats Report confirms a steep rise in spam email linked to bogus “pump-and-dump” stock schemes designed to trick unsuspecting investors.

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Investor Alert: Binary Options and Fraud

06/06/2013
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