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Internet Fraud: Investor Tips 

Download and print a hard copy of any on-line solicitation that you are considering. Make sure you catch the Internet address (URL) and note the date and time that you saw the offer. Save this in case you need it later. 

Don't assume that people on-line are who they claim they are. The investment that sounds so good may be a figment of their imagination, or they may be paid to promote it.

Ask the online promoter whether, and how much, they've been paid to tout the opportunity.

Ask the on-line promoter where the firm is incorporated. Call that state's secretary of state and ask if the company is incorporated with them and has a current annual report on file. Also check the SEC's EDGAR database.

Don't believe everything you read on-line. Take the time to investigate a possible investment opportunity before you hand over your hard-earned money.

Check with your state securities regulator or the SEC and ask if they have received any complaints about the company, its managers, or the promoter.

Ask for other sources of information at your local public library. For example, there are resources that provide information about the company, such as a payment analysis, credit report, lawsuits, liens, or judgments.

Before you invest, always obtain written financial information, such as a prospectus, annual report, offering circular, and financial statements. Compare the written information to what you've read on-line and watch out if you're told that no information is available. 

Don't assume that your access provider or on-line service has approved or even screened the investment. Anyone can set up a web site or advertise on-line, often without any check of its legitimacy or truthfulness. 

Check with a trusted financial advisor, your broker, or attorney about any investment you learn about on-line. 



Investigate Before You Invest |Top Ten Questions To Help You Avoid Trouble | Avoiding Online Investment Scams:  Tips for Investors | Fraud In Cyberspace | Tips for Checking Out Online Newsletters: | Internet Fraud: Investor Tips | Choosing an Investment Professional | Cold Callers Must Follow Certain Rules | Portrait of a "Boiler Room" | Where the Frauds Are | Where the Frauds Are Part 2 | Fake Seals and Phony Numbers | Investor Alert | Tips for Avoiding Stock Scamson the Internet | Risky Business: "Pre-IPO" Investing | Avoiding Internet Investment Scams | Microcap Stock: A Guide for Investors | Trade Execution | Your Dollars at Risk | Tips for Online Investing | Questions asked about your Investments | Day Trading Ads: Cutting Through the "Bull" | Futures and Options: What You Should Know Before You Trade | Investment Risks | Invest Wisely: An Introduction to Mutual Funds | Variable Annuities: What You Should Know  FAQ On Bond Investing