Tools and Tips for Fraud Fighters Working with Investors

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Use our research-based tools and resources to familiarize yourself with the issues. Then, distribute messages and materials to teach others how recognize the red flags of fraud.

For Fraud Fighters

Protecting Our Assets: Keeping Communities Safe from Financial Fraud: The FINRA Foundation partnered with the National Crime Prevention Council on this resource for crime prevention practitioners and other fraud fighters. Download the 2013-2014 Crime Prevention Month Kit.

Easy Steps to Help a Friend Avoid Investment Fraud: This tip sheet suggests easy ways to help others spot and avoid investment fraud. You can use this yourself, or as a giveaway at an event or at your community center.

Planning a Community Event: Planning an investor event is a great way to spread the “Ask and Check” message. Use these tips for ideas.

Taking Action: An Advocate's Guide to Assisting Victims of Financial Fraud: This resource from the FINRA Foundation and the National Center for Victims of Crime is for consumer advocates and others that interface with victims of financial fraud. The guide provides strategies for addressing major types of financial crime—including investment fraud, identity theft, mortgage and lending fraud, and mass marketing scams. Download the pdf.

For Use with Investors 

Teach others to recognize the red flags of fraud, and how to ask and check.

How to Spot the Red Flags of Fraud: Distribute this one-page outline of the red flags of fraud, what they mean and examples of each.

Fighting Fraud 101: This compact brochure contains the most important fraud-fighting messages in one place. It’s perfect to distribute at events, community centers or community meetings.

Taking Action: Victim Recovery Checklists: Victims of financial fraud must cope with the aftermath of a compromised identity, damaged credit and financial loss, and a painful range of emotions. The FINRA Foundation and the National Center for Victims of Crime created a series of checklists covering four major areas of financial fraud—identity theft, investment fraud, mortgage and lending fraud, and mass marketing and other fraud—to provide step-by-step guidance to help victims reclaim power from the fraudsters and move forward toward recovery.

FINRA BrokerCheck: Look up a firm or investment professional in BrokerCheck. It’s a free tool from FINRA that helps investors research the professional backgrounds of current and former FINRA-registered firms and brokers, and investment adviser firms and representatives. It should be an investor’s first resource when choosing whether to start or continue doing business with a particular firm or individual.

Risk Meter: Our Risk Meter helps investors to see whether they share characteristics and behavior traits that have been shown to make some investors vulnerable to investment fraud. Share this tool through your newsletter or social media channels.

Scam Meter: While there's no clear way to know when an investment is “too good to be true,” in just four questions our Scam Meter will help investors tell if an investment they are thinking about might be a scam. Share this tool through your newsletter or social media channels.

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