Investment Fraud & Scam Prevention Resources

Investor fraud is a problem for all Americans and the greatest tool for preventing fraud is education and awareness. In addition to information in Equity Trust Company’s fraud knowledge center, the resources below contain advice and tips on how to identify investment fraud and scams. – Brought to you by The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, is your online resource to help you invest wisely and avoid fraud. Their investing basics section outlines types of fraud/scams, how to avoid them and also provides some examples. – The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) is the oldest international organization devoted to investor protection and offers many tips to help spot and avoid investment fraud. – The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States. One of the organizations main goals is to protect the investing public. – A project of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation is a free, unbiased resource site dedicated to your financial health. offers advice for protecting your money, tools to help identify if you’re at risk or if an investment may be a scam. – An organization dedicated to the well being of Americans over age 50, has many resources to help protect seniors against fraud.

RITA – The Retirement Industry Trust Association (RITA) is a professional trade association for the self-directed retirement plan industry. RITA provides resources to help prevent fraud aimed at seniors.

Check Before You Invest Checklist – A Checklist developed by the Retirement Industry Trust Association (RITA) for self-directed investors.

Check Before You Invest Questions – Questions developed by the Retirement Industry Trust Association (RITA) to help evaluate the soundness, prudence and merit of investments. – U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission provides information on reporting a ponzi scheme, pyramid scheme, high-yield investment program, fraudulent offering or other potential fraud or violation. – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) lists consumer alerts for tax scams, phony tax arguments and identity theft scams. – Investor Protection Trust (IPT) is a nonprofit organization devoted to investor education. Their primary mission is to provide independent, objective information needed by consumers to make informed investment decisions.