Helpline & Online Chat:
A program of the National Center for Victims of Crime, VictimConnect offers a referral helpline and online chat where crime victims can learn about their rights and options confidentially and compassionately.
VictimConnect serves victims of any crime in the United States. Whether by chat or phone, specialists assist victims in locating appropriate national, local, or online referrals.
Call: 855-4-VICTIM (855-484-2846)
Online Resource Center:
Learn about different types of crime and the steps you can take after experiencing them, read about developing a personal safety plan in the event of an unsafe situation, and search the Connect Directory to locate crime victim assistance in a wide variety of jurisdictions throughout the country.
FINRA is an independent, not-for-profit organization authorized by Congress to protect America's investors by making sure the broker-dealer industry operates fairly and honestly.
BrokerCheck is a free tool by FINRA to research the background and experience of financial brokers, advisers and firms. BrokerCheck gives you a snapshot of a broker's employment history, licensing information and regulatory actions, arbitrations and complaints to help you make informed choices about your broker.
Securities Helpline for Seniors:
Seniors who have questions or concerns about their investment accounts can call to better understand how to review investment portfolios and account statements, raise concerns about the handling of a brokerage account, and get information about the investment tools and resources from FINRA.
Call: 844-57-HELPS (844-574-3577)
Fraud Avoidance Center:
Learn who fraudsters target and common tricks of their trade as well as strategies to protect yourself and information and resources to help you outsmart investment fraud.
The FINRA Investor Education Foundation provides underserved Americans with the knowledge, skills and tools necessary for financial success throughout life. One important area of focus for the FINRA Foundation is investor protection. To that end, the FINRA Foundation develops and distributes tools and resources to help investors make informed financial decisions—and avoid financial fraud.
Find unbiased resources from the FINRA Foundation and FINRA that can help you protect your money , from what to ask before you invest to how to report fraud.
To learn what to ask before investing, visit: saveandinvest.org/protect-your-money/ask-and-check
To learn how to report fraud, visit: saveandinvest.org/protect-your-money/report-fraud
Con 'Em If You Can
Con 'Em If You Can is a video game where players can learn first-hand about the types of persuasion tactics used to perpetrate financial fraud, so that you'll be better able to defend against them. Make your way through the town of Shady Acres, accumulating wealth and strength by using these tactics as fraud tools on a range of targets.
Use the Risk Meter to see whether you share characteristics and behavior traits that have been shown to make some investors vulnerable to investment fraud. Take the quiz to discover your score.
With information about the investment, how you learned about the investment opportunity, what you have been told about the investment, and who is selling the investment, the Scam Meter can check if the investment you are thinking about might be a scam.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is dedicated to serving the needs of individual investors. Whether you are looking to learn investing basics, research investments and professionals before you invest, or submit a complaint to the SEC, the SEC's Investor.gov a key online resource to help you make sound investment decisions and avoid fraud.
As the "local cops" on the securities beat, state securities regulators serve as the first line of defense in the fight against investment fraud. Investors can contact their state securities regulator directly to make sure their investment professional is properly registered and has a clean disciplinary history, as well as to learn more about the investor education programs and resources available in their state to help learn how to avoid investment fraud. Contact information for all state securities regulators, as well as Canadian securities regulators, is available on the website of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA).