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Investor Information

We are a society of investors. Americans now put more money into investments each year than into savings accounts.

Unfortunately, millions of dollars are lost by Oregon investors through securities fraud or an investors failure to fully educate themselves on particular issues. Frequently, these losses are from savings that have been painstakingly accumulated over many years or retirement funds that can't be replaced. Victims are of all ages and levels of sophistication. In the majority of these losses, none of the investors money is ever recovered.

To counter these losses, securities regulators at the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services have established the Investor Information Program. The Investor Information Program shares information about investments and securities with those seeking to make informed investment decisions.

The Investor Information Program provides publications on a variety of investment-related topics, including small-business investments, stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. The program also provides speakers to groups of 10 or more for workshops, seminars, and presentations and has been active in creating public service announcements.


Consumer alerts and press releases

Investor information alerts
State warns investors about top 2013 scams
2014 brings a big new risk in online fundraising
- 11/26/13
Avoid financial schemes that target seniors - 06/14/13
Securities enforcement alerts
State to hold hearing on crowdfunding rule - 12/2/14
State fines promoters of fraudulent gold mining investment
Investors lose $2.6 million to unlicensed salespersons
- 07/9/13
State warns investors about possible securities fraud
Promoter guarantees high return rates, offers referral program
- 03/21/13
State assesses $400,000 fine against former Oregon businessman - 09/12/12
State fines Oregon businessmen for selling high-risk investments - 08/31/12
State fines "Hobo Prince" $1 million
Thousands caught up in fraudulent investment scheme
- 08/7/12
State issues order against Vancouver, Wash., man for violating securities laws - 07/19/12
Regulators Join Forces to Warn Public of Foreign Currency Trading Frauds - 05/7/07


Education information

Websites/pages


Publications

Before you invest, ask questions - 3156.pdf
Guide for law enforcement officers - 2417.pdf
How you can spot a con artist - 3219.pdf
Investor bill of rights - 3220.pdf
Risky investments - 2098.pdf
The Basics for Wise Investing - 2860.pdf
When your broker calls, take notes! - 3222.pdf


Additional resources