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QUARANTINE YOUR PORTFOLIO: VIRAL DISEASE SCAMS
8/15/2014

FINRA recently issued an investor alert warning investors about viral disease stock scams. If history is a guide, dramatic news coverage of viral outbreaks, including Ebola and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), will likely catch the interest of stock scammers looking to capitalize on fears of a potential pandemic. Don't fall for the hype. FINRA is issuing this Alert to warn investors to be wary of promotions touting stocks that claim to protect against the spread of viruses or other harmful diseases. Aggressive stock promotional tactics may signal a potentially fraudulent scheme. FINRA is aware of several potential investment scams involving companies that claim to be involved in the development of products that will prevent the spread of viral diseases. The fraudsters appear to employ a typical "pump and dump" scheme... HIGHLIGHTED EVENT: Are you an investor looking to uncover opportunities and manage portfolio risks in a changing investment landscape? Attend the CFA Institute's 2014 Financial Analysts Seminar ...

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FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulation Authority, is the largest non-governmental regulator for all securities firms doing business with the U.S. public. Created in 2007 through the consolidation of NASD and NYSE Member Regulation, FINRA is dedicated to investor protection and market ingegrity through effective and efficient regulation and complementary compliance and technology-based services. FINRA touches virtually every aspect of the securities business - from registering and educating all industry participants to examining securities firms; writing and enforcing rules and the federal securities laws; informing and educating the investing public; providing trade reporting and other industry utilities, and administering the largest dispute resolution forum for investors and registered firms.



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