Safeguarding Your Investments

Introduction

Money scams, identity theft and financial fraud are serious threats. The following resources can alert you to unfair or unlawful practices. Some of the sites also allow you to report scams or give you instructions if you are a victim of fraud.

Internet Links
Americans for Fairness in Lending
Resources for protecting consumers from dangerous financial products and practices.
 
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
The FDIC site has great info on how to protect oneself from identity theft and fraud.
 
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Offers tips on avoiding scams and also highlights some of the various types of scams that are prevalent.
 
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
The FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection's role is to protect consumers against fraud, deception, and unfair business practices.
 
Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force
This is a task force that maintains a wide list of resources and information dedicated to helping find and report suspected cases of financial fraud.
 
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
FINRA is the agency that governs business between brokers, dealers and the investing public. This section of their site is devoted specifically to consumer frauds and scams.
 
Financial Planning Association (FPA)
This site offers steps that one can take to avoid being the victim of a scam.
 
New York State Consumer Protection Board (CPB)
This is a government agency of the State of New York whose responsibility is the protection, education and representation of the consumer.
 
North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA)
NASAA is an organization devoted to investor protection. They offer protection to consumers who purchase securities or investment advice, and their jurisdiction extends to a wide variety of issuers and intermediaries who offer and sell securities to the public.
 
Office of the Attorney General (OAG)
Here you can file a complaint and find helpful tips by using the investor education resources.
 
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
The SEC is an independent federal agency whose primary responsibility is investigating, prosecuting violations of federal securities laws and regulating the securities industry.
 
Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC)
SIPC provides limited customer protection if a brokerage firm becomes bankrupt.
 
Smart About Money
This site offers tips on avoiding scams and protecting your assets.

Library Materials
Identity Theft for Dummies
Arata, Michael J.
Practical solutions to help you deter, detect and defend against identity theft.
 
Madoff Affair
The story behind the world's first truly global Ponzi scheme.
Real People, Real Stories [electronic resource]: Avoid Foreclosure Rescue Scams
United States. Federal Trade Commission.
 
Learn to identify foreclosure rescue company scams.
Stop Getting Ripped Off
Sullivan, Bob
Fascinating tips on how to avoid hidden fees and fine print as well as how poor math skills make you an easy target for corporate America.

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