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Investor Education

General Information

The best way to avoid investment fraud is to thoroughly assess the investment product and salesperson before you hand over any of your money. Once you have sent money to a fraudster or scam artist, it is nearly impossible to get all—if any—of your money back. Use the Topic Links above to find more information about recognizing the warning signs of investment fraud, how to verify an adviser or investment, and quizzes that can help you determine both your investment knowledge and your risk level for fraud.

Additional Resources:

FINRA BrokerCheck
Use this database to verify the registration status of FINRA- and SEC-registered investment professionals.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has a wealth of tools and tips for investors.
Tools for investing and evaluating investments to help protect yourself against fraud.

NASAA resource center
The North American Securities Administrators Association has a variety of education resources for investors.