Resources for Victims of Securities Law Violations

Every year, thousands of U.S. investors lose money to fraud and other securities law violations.  In some cases, harmed investors may be eligible to receive money recovered from fraudsters.  The resources below provide information about some of the ways harmed investors may recover money.

It is important to understand that not all harmed investors will be able to recover money. Investors who do recover money may receive substantially less than their losses.  


Disgorgement and Fair Funds

Sometimes a successful SEC enforcement action results in recovered funds being distributed to harmed investors. 

  • See the SEC Docket for information about plans of disgorgement or fair fund plans in administrative proceedings.


Brokerage Account Protection

Corporate Bankruptcy

  • Bankruptcy Judges Division’s Public Information Series pamphlet on Bankruptcy Basics

SEC Investigations

SEC Enforcement Actions

Information about filed SEC enforcement actions is posted on

Private Class Actions

In some cases, a private party may file a lawsuit on behalf of all harmed investors.  This is separate from any enforcement action filed by the SEC.

Investor Alerts

Investors who have already been victimized by fraudsters may be at risk of being taken advantage of again.

Additional Resources

Report possible securities fraud to the SEC.  Call OIEA at 1-800-732-0330, ask a question using this online form, or email us at  Visit, the SEC’s website for individual investors.