Federal Agency Advisories are crucial for both consumers and investors as they provide authoritative guidance and warnings regarding potential risks, scams, and market trends. For consumers, these advisories serve as early alerts about unsafe products, fraudulent schemes, or misleading advertising, empowering them to make informed purchasing decisions and protect their financial interests. Investors benefit by receiving insights into regulatory changes, market vulnerabilities, and emerging threats that could impact their investments, allowing them to adjust their strategies accordingly and mitigate risks. Moreover, these advisories enhance transparency and trust in the marketplace, ensuring that stakeholders have access to reliable information to navigate complex financial and consumer landscapes effectively. Thus, federal agency advisories play a pivotal role in safeguarding both consumer welfare and investor confidence in the economy.

CFTC’s Fraud Advisories:

The CFTC has issued several customer protection Fraud Advisories and Articles including the Commodity Pool Fraud Advisory ,  which warns customers about a type of fraud involving individuals and firms, often unregistered, offering investments in commodity pools.

The CFTC also strongly urges the public to verify a company’s registration with the CFTC before committing funds. If unregistered, a customer should be wary of providing funds to that entity. A company’s registration status can be found using NFA BASIC .

Customers and other individuals can report suspicious activities or information, such as possible violations of commodity trading laws, to the Division of Enforcement via a toll-free hotline 866-FON-CFTC (866-366-2382) or file a tip or complaint online or contact the Whistleblower Office .  Whistleblowers may be eligible to receive between 10 and 30 percent of the monetary sanctions collected, paid from the Customer Protection Fund, which is financed through monetary sanctions paid to the CFTC by violators of the CEA.

SEC Investor Alerts and Bulletins:

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy  provides a variety of services and tools to address problems you may face as an investor. Investor Alerts, focused on recent investment frauds and scams, and Investor Bulletins, focused on topical issues including recent Commission actions, are provided as a service to investors. They are neither legal interpretations nor statements 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. Subscribe to get Investor Alerts and Bulletins by email.


File ID:  IRS-ALERTS-240613.1 Date:  June 13, 2024 Accessed:  June 18, 2024 Source: PDF: Download (Links work in this file) Categories: Agency Advisories Excerpt: Thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and their personal information to tax scams. Scammers use the regular mail, telephone and email to set up individuals, businesses, payroll […]


File ID:  CFTC-PR-8908-24 Date:  May 13, 2024 Accessed:  June 20, 2024 Source: PDF: Download (Links work in this file) Categories: Agency Advisories Money Mules Excerpt: Release Number 8908-24 CFTC Warns Students and Job Seekers Not to Become “Money Mules” May 13, 2024 Washington, D.C. — The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Office of Customer Education and […]


File ID:  CFTC-PR-8881-24 Date:  March 20, 2024 Accessed: June 15,2024 Source: PDF: Download (Links work in this file) Categories: Agency Advisories Precious Metals Fraud Excerpt: Release Number 8881-24 Joint Effort Launches to Warn Retirees about Precious Metals Fraud and Gives Tips on Protecting Themselves March 20, 2024 Washington, D.C. — The Commodity […]


File ID: CFTC-PR-8871-24 Date: March 1, 2024 Accessed: June 15, 2024 Source: PDF: Download (Links work in this file) Categories: Agency Advisories Agency Rules Excerpt: Release Number 8871-24 CFTC Staff Issues Advisory Regarding FBOT Regulatory Filings March 01, 2024 Washington, D.C. — The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight announced today that […]


File ID:  CFTC-PR-8859-24 Date:  February 7, 2024 Accessed:  June 15, 2024 Source: PDF: Download (Links work in this file) Categories: Agency Advisory Investment Scams Romance Scams CFTC-PR-8859-24 Excerpt: Release Number 8859-24 CFTC Customer Advisory Alerts App and Social Media Users to Financial Romance Fraud. Valentine’s Day Brings Romance Investment Scams Back to Forefront February 07, […]


File ID:  CFTC-PR-8854-24 Date:  January 25, 2024 Accessed:  June 15, 2024 Source URL: PDF: Download (Links work in this file) Categories: Agency Advisory Artificial Intelligence Scams Excerpt: Release Number 8854-24 CFTC Customer Advisory Cautions the Public to Beware of Artificial Intelligence Scams January 25, 2024 Washington, D.C. — The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Office of […]