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Phoenix, AZ 85007-2996



Main: (602) 542-4242

Email: SecuritiesDiv@azcc.gov

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Fraud Prevention Center

Tips on How to Avoid Investment Frauds & Scams

caution_signAn informed investor is the best protection against securities fraud.  Scam artists prey on people who don't ask many questions and take the time to understand the "mechanics" of a particular investment.  Know how to recognize fraud and reduce the possibility of falling victim to an investment scam:

First, make sure you get proper written information such as a prospectus or offering materials before you buy.  The documentation should contain enough clear and accurate information to allow you or your adviser to evaluate and verify the particulars of the investment.   Most importantly, ask and check on the investment promoter's background--make sure that person is licensed to offer and sell investments in Arizona and does not have a disciplinary history with regulators.

But con artists are skilled liars and can make a fraudulent investment look and sound legitimate.  How can you tell the difference?  Take note of the following fraud prevention tips on how to ask the right questions and verify the answers before you invest:

Protect Yourself Against Investment Fraud

16 Questions That Can Turn Off a Swindle

How to Ask and Check Before You Invest

Common Investment Scams in Arizona

    Do you have a burning desire to invest? Before you hand over your money, read more about wise investing and fraud prevention in the section, Investor Resources

    The information provided on this website is not comprehensive, is not offered as legal or investment advice, and is not a substitute for competent legal or financial counsel. The Securities Division provides this information to give you an overview of the topics discussed. You should not rely on the accuracy of this information, but should carefully review all applicable statutes and regulations with the assistance of legal counsel.

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