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"Advance Fee Fraud" Schemes

April 28, 2010

Advance fee fraud schemes ask investors to pay a fee up front – in advance of receiving any proceeds, money, stock or warrants – in order for the deal to go through. These schemes may involve the sale of products or services, the offering of investments, lottery winnings, found money, or many other so-called opportunities. Advance fee fraud solicitations may include official-sounding websites or e-mail addresses.

For more information, see the Advance Fee Fraud webpage on Investor.gov, the SEC’s website for individual investors.

The Office of Investor Education and Advocacy has provided this information as a service to investors.  It is neither a legal interpretation nor a statement of SEC policy.  If you have questions concerning the meaning or application of a particular law or rule, please consult with an attorney who specializes in securities law.