Monday, October 5, 2009

Beware of Auction Rate Securities Settlement "Phishing" Scam

FINRA has issued an Investor Alert to warn the public about a recent auction rate securities (ARS) “phishing” scam that promises compensation from ARS settlements in exchange for personal information. Follow the link to the FINRA web site. The email looks like it originated from FINRA—although it did not. It purports to inform the recipient of regulatory actions, including fines imposed by FINRA related to ARS, and states that the recipient is due $1.5 million regardless of the amount of their ARS investment or loss. The email then “phishes” for personal information including occupation, address and phone number. More>>>

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