Protect Yourself

Get to Know Your State Securities Regulator

Your State Securities Regulator can help you protect yourself from investment fraud. Securities markets are global but securities are sold locally by professionals who are licensed in every State where they do business. State Securities Regulators work within the State government to protect investors and help maintain the integrity of the securities industry.

Your State Securities Regulator can:

  • Verify that a broker-dealer or investment advisor is licensed;
  • Provide information about a broker-dealer's prior run-ins with regulators, serious complaints that may have been lodged against them, their educational background and their work history;
  • Provide information on where to file a complaint; and
  • Provide investor education and protection materials.

Contact your State Securities Regulator

Preventing Elder Investment Fraud

Senior citizens have long been the target of unscrupulous investment scam artists. IPT has partnered with medical associations and State Securities Offices to undertake research and develop tools and resources to help you protect yourself and your loved ones from elder financial abuse.

Resources for Preventing Elder Investment Fraud

Protect Videos

The Protect Yourself Video Segments are designed to educate viewers about common investment scams such as affinity fraud, technology scams and elder fraud.

IPT Protect Yourself Videos

Investor Education Booklets and Trifolds

Protect yourself by learning the process of investing with IPT's investor education and protection booklets and trifolds. IPT worked with the Kiplinger Washington Editors to draft seven investor education booklets as part of IPT’s investor education and protection programs in public libraries. Each booklet has a complementary trifold.

The "Getting Help With Your Investments" booklet provides information on checking out your financial advisor before investing, protecting your money and contacting your State Securities Regulator.

IPT Investor Education Booklets and Trifolds

The Basics of Saving and Investing

"The Basics of Saving and Investing: Investor Edcation 2020" is an investor education and protection teaching guide that can be used in a variety of learning environments including college courses, workplace education, seminars for adults and seniors, etc.

"The Basics" Unit 4 - Investment Fraud is focused entirely on investor protection and fraud prevention.

The Basics of Saving and Investing: Investor Education 2020