Investor Protection Campaign
About Our Partners

The FINRA Investor Education Foundation is working with many partners to develop the campaign. Each of these partners is dedicated to improving the resources available to protect older investors from investment fraud.



AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. They produce AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, a monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, a bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, a quarterly newsletter for 50+ educators; and a website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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AARP ElderWatch Project

AARP ElderWatch Project fights the financial exploitation of older Americans in the state of Colorado through collection of data, extensive outreach and education and the provision of technical assistance. The Project provides information to and coordinates efforts by the state’s law enforcement offices, adult protection and mental health agencies and organizations assisting older Americans—as well as efforts undertaken by older Americans themselves. Administered by the AARP Foundation, the Project grew out of a 1999 study published by the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, Respecting Our Elders: A Statewide Action Plan to Combat Senior Fraud.

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Alabama Securities Commission (ASC)

The Alabama Securities Commission (ASC) is a state government agency whose primary purpose is the protection of citizens from deceptive and illegal practices associated with offers and sales of securities in Alabama. ASC carries out three important government regulatory functions: registration, enforcement and education. ASC promotes investor education as the first line of defense against financial crimes that target citizens’ personal financial assets.

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Applied Research & Consulting (ARC)

ARC is a full-service public opinion and market research firm offering analysis and strategic insights for business and government based on in-depth understanding of human attitudes, behavior, and social context. ARC designs, conducts, and analyzes surveys of investor needs and opinions, as well as qualitative research with investors, on behalf of FINRA and FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

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Better Business Bureau

For 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping consumers find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2011, consumers turned to BBB more than 100 million times for Business Reviews on more than 4 million companies and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for 116 local, independent BBBs across the United States and Canada, as well as home to its national programs on dispute resolution and industry self-regulation.

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Founded in 1951, nonprofit BetterInvesting (the brand identity of the National Association Investors Corporation) is the strongest voice of the individual investor, the pioneer of the modern investment club movement, and provides unbiased investment education to help members become successful lifetime investors. Membership benefits include: frequent online educational seminars; monthly print/online magazine; online stock and mutual fund analysis tools and data services; monthly investing newsletters and biweekly stock analyses and more. For more information, visit the website or call (877) 275-6242.

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Colorado Division of Securities

The Division of Securities is a unit of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies. The mission of the Division is to protect investors and maintain public confidence in the securities markets while avoiding unreasonable burdens on participants in the capital markets. In this capacity, the Division is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Colorado Securities Act, the Colorado Commodity Code, the Colorado Municipal Bond Supervision Act, and the Local Government Investment Pool Trust Fund Administration and Enforcement Act, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder. The Division licenses and regulates stockbrokers and investment advisers and the securities investments they offer, sell, and advise about in Colorado.

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Florida Office of Financial Regulation

The Office of Financial Regulation (Office) is dedicated to safeguarding the private financial interests of the public by licensing, chartering, examining and regulating depository and non-depository financial institutions and financial service companies in the State of Florida. The Office protects consumers from financial fraud, while preserving the integrity of Florida’s markets and financial service industries.

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Maine Office of Securities

The principal mission of the Office of Securities is to protect Maine investors by administering and enforcing the Maine Securities Act and related statutes. The Office is part of Maine’s Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, which encourages sound ethical business practices through the regulation of insurers, financial institutions, creditors, and numerous professions and occupations in addition to the securities industry.

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National Telemarketing Victim Call Center (NTVCC)

The NTVCC has been in operation since 2006 and provides education and prevention services to consumers who have been victims, or are at risk of being victims, of mass marketing fraud—from lottery and prize scams, to oil and gas investments. NTVCC operates a call center or "reverse boiler room," where volunteers and staff gather to contact fraud victims and other people at risk. With a combination of part-time staff and 70 volunteers, each year we provide one-on-one counseling to hundreds of thousands of consumers. Learn more at

Anthony R. Pratkanis

Anthony R. Pratkanis is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California where he studies social psychology, social influence, and prejudice reduction. A frequent contributor to leading scientific journals and the popular press on the topics of persuasion and influence, Anthony is the founding editor of Social Influence and co-author (with Elliot Aronson) of Age of Propaganda: The Everyday Use and Abuse of Persuasion and (with Doug Shadel) of Weapons of Fraud: A Source Book for Fraud Fighters. He has also appeared in the mass media over 500 times including the Oprah Winfrey Show, Dateline NBC, CBS News, New York Times, and CNN, among others. Recently, Anthony testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission about what can be done to prevent economic fraud crimes.

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Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

The SEC's Office of Investor Education and Advocacy serves the tens of thousands of investors who contact the agency each year with investment-related complaints and questions. The Office's trained investor assistance specialists answer questions, analyze complaints, seek informal resolution of investors' problems, and distribute helpful educational materials. The SEC has assembled a number of investment-related resources for senior investors.

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Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities, and Health Care Administration (BISHCA)

The Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities, and Health Care Administration (BISHCA) regulates a variety of financial service providers such as banks, credit unions, mortgage brokers, consumer loan companies, securities brokers/dealers, investment advisors and insurance companies.

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Vermont State Treasurer's Office

The mission of the Vermont State Treasurer's Office is to manage the financial resources within its purview effectively and efficiently, and to promote prudent financial practices in the State of Vermont.


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Washington State Department of Financial Institutions

The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) regulates a variety of financial service providers such as banks, credit unions, mortgage brokers, consumer loan companies, payday lenders, and securities brokers and dealers. In addition to posting information about licensees and administrative actions, DFI’s Web site features consumer tips on a variety of financial fraud-related topics and the agency promotes financial literacy through a variety of media and outreach events and activities. The mission of the DFI Securities Division is "To protect the investing public and promote confidence in the capital markets." This mission is accomplished through a variety of regulatory and enforcement tools from reviewing offerings and licensing investment professionals to investigating complaints and bringing enforcement actions.

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West Virginia Office of the Attorney General

The West Virginia Attorney General's Office is responsible for the protection of the citizens of West Virginia and enforcement of the State's consumer protection laws. Each year the Office provides approximately 10,000 consumers with mediation services to resolve consumer complaints between businesses and consumers. This Office believes the first step towards consumer fraud prevention is education. The Consumer Protection Division is dedicated to educating consumers about the latest scams and how to protect themselves against fraud and unfair business practices.

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West Virginia Offices of the Insurance Commissioner

The West Virginia Offices of the Insurance Commissioner regulates the state's insurance industry, focusing on consumers' needs for availability and affordable insurance products offered by financially viable companies directly or through knowledgeable producers.

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West Virginia Office of the State Auditor

The West Virginia Securities Division of the State Auditor’s Office is charged with enforcing state securities laws. The three main working groups of the division are registration, enforcement and investor education. Field staff are also available to offer programs that help citizens identify, avoid and report investment fraud.