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Improve your investing strategy with these important tips, lists, and guides on preventing fraud and smarter investing from the Office of Customer Education and Outreach. For the latest information on CFTC Enforcement Actions, visit the Enforcement Action Press Release page.

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Lowell Enlow was a contractor for NASA and later operated several insurance agencies throughout Florida. Nick Morrison is a store manager in Central Illinois. Despite their years of investing and financial experience, both men were victims of a…
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It’s perfectly normal for investors to test out new strategies. But be careful. There are seemingly “easy” or “low-cost” or “low-risk” offers popping up online that are actually frauds designed to drain money from investors’ accounts. These frauds…
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SmartCheck.gov provides tips, articles,  and resources to help you make informed investment decisions. No matter what your investment strategy is, identifying and avoiding fraud is an essential key to success. Taking the time to learn the signs can…
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*/ The CFTC is celebrating SmartCheck Month to ensure you have the most current information and tools to enhance your investment knowledge. During the month we will share essential tips, real-life stories, and connect you with events to help you…
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If you search online to learn how to trade futures or options, you’ll find dozens of seminars, web courses, and training software. But while there are many useful resources available, there are also plenty of instructors promising expertise and…
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The U.S. Commodity Futures and Trading Commission (CFTC) is celebrating October as SmartCheck Month. During the month, we will share essential tips, feature real-life stories, and connect investors with events to help them realize and secure the…
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People don’t like to think they could fall for investment scams. We’re too smart, too savvy. We were diligent about our research. But the truth is fraudsters invest a lot of time in manufacturing a convincing façade. The best way to help protect…
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Talking about money is never easy, especially with family and friends. When someone has dedicated years of hard work to building wealth and are confident in their financial decision-making abilities, they might not believe fraud could happen to them…
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You might be curious about new trading opportunities. You might even take to Facebook and find an online group focused on discussions of binary options, forex, and/or trading  “signals” or systems that tell you when to buy and sell. You see a lot of…
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We recently added 71 new names to our Registration Deficient (RED) List, a resource that helps traders identify foreign entities that are not registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), but appear to be operating in a capacity…

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