Tips by NASAA

Entertainment Investments. These unregistered investments, encompassing a variety of products including movies, infomercials, internet gambling and...
Gold Bullion and Currency Scams. With the high price of gold, investors should beware of gold bullion scams in which the seller offers to retain...
Leveraged Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs). This relatively new financial product has been offered to individual investors who may not be aware of the...
Life Settlements. State securities regulators long have been concerned about life settlements, or viaticals, and the rising popularity of these...
Natural Resource Investments. NASAA expects to continue to see a rise in energy and precious metals scams promising quick, high returns. Investors...
Ponzi Schemes. Despite the heightened awareness of Ponzi schemes following Bernard Madoff’s multi-billion dollar fraud and 150-year prison sentence,...
Private Placement Offerings. Private placements offer businesses the opportunity to raise capital by selling securities to a relatively small number...
Real Estate Investment Schemes. NASAA members have noted a rise in scams disguised as offers to help homeowners caught up in the turbulent housing...
Short-term Commercial Promissory Notes. Many seniors have lost their life savings by investing in short-term commercial promissory notes that are nine...
Speculative Inventions and New Products. New products are for venture capitalists who know how to assess the risks. They are not good investments for...