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About the Office of Customer Education and Outreach

The Office of Customer Education and Outreach was established in 2011 to administer the CFTC’s consumer education initiatives. The Office of Customer Education and Outreach created CFTC SmartCheck℠, the cutting edge anti-fraud campaign based on social marketing principles. The campaign features an interactive website,, where consumers can check the background of financial professionals. Have a question about the Office of Customer Education and Outreach? Email us at

About CFTC SmartCheck℠

CFTC SmartCheck℠ is a campaign of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC). Led by the CFTC’s Office of Customer Education and Outreach, the SmartCheck campaign informs investors about tools that help them research the credentials of financial professionals, uncover any past disciplinary history, and stay ahead of scam artists with news and alerts. The campaign is central to the CFTC’s commitment to protecting investors through robust fraud prevention and investor education. Have a question about CFTC SmartCheck, email us at

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