December 13, 2007
NASAA President Testifies on Holiday Scams
In testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, NASAA President Karen Tyler said investment fraud, a year-round problem, hits home during the holidays when consumers may face a financial crunch with increased expenses from holiday gifts and travel, or may be considering end-of-year investment or tax-savings opportunities. State securities regulators are concerned that this predatory conduct, combined with a convergence of financial challenges - higher gasoline prices, a volatile stock market, lower housing values, and general economic unrest - may lead individuals to make hasty, ill-informed decisions in the pursuit of higher returns on their investments. NASAA urges investors to be especially vigilant in protecting their assets from Internet, telephone and in-person promotions for alternative investment opportunities.
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