Investor Alert: Investors Beware of Government Impersonators
Feb. 1, 2012
The staff of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is issuing this Investor Alert about an individual who is falsely representing to be an employee of the SEC and offering to provide assistance with settling federal tax obligations with the United States Internal Revenue Service. In communications with members of the public, the name used by this individual is “Steven Cooper.” The individual also used the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org and includes purported correspondence to a fake SEC employee by the name of “Gordon Green.”
Investors should beware that this individual is not affiliated with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and to our knowledge is not an employee of a United States government agency.
It's not hard to figure out who the real regulators are and how you can contact them. You'll find a list of international securities regulators on the website of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and a directory of state and provincial regulators in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. on the website of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA). If someone encourages you to verify information about a deal with an entity that doesn't appear on these lists, you should be wary.
For additional tips on investing wisely and avoiding fraud, please visit the following web pages on the SEC’s website: