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FINRA: BEWARE OF PAID INVESTMENT RESEARCH STOCK SCAMS
08/14/2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently issued an investor alert warning investors about investment research stock scams. Fraudsters seeking to convince you of "hot" new investment opportunities may try an array of tactics: phone calls, emails messages through popular messaging apps, or posts on social media. But they may also use a strategy that may fool even sophisticated investors: posting stock recommendations on stock research websites that investors may turn to for securities news and analysis. This past spring, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it had filed fraud charges against 27 people and businesses for allegedly publishing deceptive articles on popular investment research websites. According to the SEC, the alleged scammers were paid specifically to produce hundreds of bullish articles on certain public companies, and broke the law by failing to disclose that paid relationship to readers ... HIGHLIGHTED EVENT: Want to learn more about investing? Attend an AAII Local Chapter Meeting near you ...

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