The Internet allows individuals or companies to communicate with a large audience
without spending a lot of time, effort, or money. Anyone can reach tens of thousands of
people by building an Internet Web site, posting a message on an online bulletin board,
entering a discussion in a live "chat" room, or sending mass e-mails. It's easy
for fraudsters to make their messages look real and credible. But it's nearly impossible
for investors to tell the difference between fact and fiction.
To learn more about how to invest wisely on the Internet, read our publication Internet Fraud: How to Avoid Internet