About Fraud

Even if you have never been subjected to an investment fraudster's sales pitch, you probably know someone who has. These resources can help you avoid financial fraud.


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This free hour-long documentary uncovers the tactics con artists use and outlines the basic tools investors can use to defend themselves. Order now.


The Face of Investment Fraud

Learn who might be most likely to fall for a scam.


Red Flags of Fraud

Read about the barrage of influence tactics fraudsters use to con their targets.


Tips for Avoiding Fraud

Take simple steps to protect yourself by reversing the psychology.


Get Off the Lists

Learn how to take your name off telemarketing and junk mail lists.


4 Ways to Guard Against Investment Fraud

Protect yourself with these four strategies.


Prohibited Conduct

Be aware of conduct that is prohibited in the securities industry.

Find Out if You're At Risk Before a Con Calls You

In recent research, we found that the majority of investment fraud victims are not who you might think—they're financially knowledgeable, highly educated and self-reliant when it comes to investment decisions. So forget what you might have thought about victims of fraud—and think again.

Scam Meter

We've all heard the timeless warning "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." It’s great advice, but the trick is figuring out when "good" becomes "too good." And if you have a good salesperson—or worse, a dishonest one—it gets really hard. While there's no clear way to know, in just four questions our Scam Meter will help you tell if an investment you are thinking about might be a scam.

Fighting Fraud 101: Smart Tips for Investors

Even if you have never been subjected to an investment fraudster’s sales pitch, you probably know someone who has. Following the legendary Willie Sutton principle, fraudsters tend to go “where the money is”—and that means targeting older Americans who are nearing or already in retirement. "Fighting Fraud 101" explains the tactics fraudsters use and ways for you to protect yourself.

Fighting Fraud 101: Smart Tips for Investors (PDF 329 KB)
Cómo combatir el fraude financiero: Consejos inteligentes para los inversionistas mayores (en Español, PDF 303 KB)

"Free Lunch" Investment Seminars—Avoiding the Heartburn of a Hard Sell

Investors frequently get invited to free seminars that promise to educate them about investing strategies or managing money in retirement—often with an expensive meal provided at no cost. But just because someone buys you breakfast, lunch or dinner doesn't mean you have to buy what they are saying—or selling.

Working With Your Investment Professional

Read tips to help ensure a productive relationship with your investment professional.

Additional Resources

Risk Meter
Use our Risk Meter to see whether you share characteristics and behavior traits that have been shown to make some investors vulnerable to investment fraud.

Prohibited Conduct
Be aware of conduct that is prohibited in the securities industry.

Avoiding Investment Scams
In turbulent economic times, ongoing schemes tend to unravel as wary investors begin demanding their cash.

Early Retirement
Don't be misled by early retirement investment pitches that promise too much.

Stock Spams and Scams
Stock spams are the electronic equivalent of a boiler room sales operation.

Military Comrade or Con?
Learn about affinity fraud, including the common tactics con criminals use and how to protect yourself.

Affinity Fraud
Some fraudsters prey upon members of an identifiable group by exploiting trust and friendship.

How Fraudsters Try to Look Legit
Some fraudsters tell straightforward lies, fabricating facts or making bogus claims. Others salt their stories with grains of truth to give their schemes an air of legitimacy. Protect yourself against these and other deceptive tactics.

Your Mind and Your Money
Psychological and emotional biases can get in the way of logical decision-making. Nightly Business Report’s "Your Mind and Your Money" series aims to help investors understand those biases and make more rational decisions.