A Guide to Buying, Selling, or Renting Property in New York State

If you're looking to buy, sell, or rent property in New York State, know your rights.

BBB Smart Investing

Are you looking to invest, but worried about losing money to a scam? BBB Smart Investing will help you research investment professionals, protect your assets, avoid scams, and gain valuable knowledge.


Use this free tool from FINRA to research the backgrounds of investment professionals and firms.

Business Opportunities: Multilevel Marketing (WI)

Want to “be your own boss,” “work from home,” or just “make extra money?” You may be tempted by an advertisement for a business opportunity, but before you open your checkbook, check out the offer.

CFTC SmartCheck

CFTC SmartCheck gives you easy access to free tools for checking the background of financial professionals and staying informed on the latest fraud schemes – directly from those who regulate financial professionals. It only takes a few minutes. Better safe than taken, right?

Chain Letters (WI)

At one time or another, everyone has received a chain letter scam through the regular mail or in an e-mail message. Chain mail letters promise a big return on a small investment. Don’t waste your money! Chain letters are illegal and they don’t work. Read more

Consumer Law Information (AL)

This page provides links to some of Alabama’s most frequently requested consumer-related laws. This is not an exhaustive list of all Alabama consumer laws. Please remember this Office cannot serve as your attorney or give you legal advice.  The following laws, as well as many other consumer laws, may be accessed through this website.

You may access The Code of Alabama here.

Don’t Become a Victim of Investment Fraud

In this webcast, NFA President and CEO Dan Roth discusses the common characteristics of an investment scam, different types of investment swindles, and what investors can do to help protect themselves from investment fraud.

Firm and Individual Background Checks

Investors can conduct background checks on firms or individuals with NFA’s Background Affiliation Status Information Center (BASIC). BASIC contains CFTC registration and NFA membership information and futures-related regulatory and non-regulatory actions about firms and individuals.

Forex Investor Alert

This 2010 Investor Alert from NFA outlines the impact of rules issued by the CFTC on consumers in the off-exchange foreign currency (forex) markets.

Investing Online

Investment opportunities that claim to be low risk and high reward are almost always frauds. When you research investments, turn to unbiased sources. Update your security software on any computer you use to access your financial accounts. Read more

Investor Alerts

Information from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation to help you avoid problems in today’s complex world of investing. Read more

Investor Best Practices

These best practices include guidelines for trading your own account, having someone manage your account, participating in a commodity pool, and opening a futures trading account.

Investors’ Best Practices

Find out what problems investors report most to FINRA, how to avoid those problems, and what to do if you encounter them.

Money Smart: A Financial Education Program

This financial education curriculum from the FDIC concentrates on helping consumers develop financial skills and positive banking relationships.

Pyramid Scheme? The 7 Definitive Questions to Ask

When you are trying to figure out whether a company is a legitimate multi-level marketing organization (“MLM”) or an illegal pyramid scheme, make sure that you have answers to these seven money-related questions before you make any sort of investment.

Pyramid Schemes (IN)

Pyramid schemes and gifting clubs are prohibited in Indiana. However, clever promoters continue to take advantage of unsuspecting Hoosiers by selling their schemes in attractive packages that don’t tell the whole story. Learn how to avoid these schemes and safeguard your hard-earned money.

Scam Meter

Is your investment a scam? The FINRA Investor Education Foundation’s Scam Meter will help you find out. Learn more

Scams and Swindles: An Educational Guide to Avoiding Investment Fraud

This guide from the National Futures Association describes common characteristics of investment scams and outlines steps individuals can take to avoid them.

Trading Forex: What Investors Need to Know

This booklet provides an overview of the retail off-exchange foreign currency (forex) market and other important information consumers should know before they invest.

Trick$ of the Trade: Outsmarting Investment Fraud

Learn to spot and avoid investment fraud as the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and AARP uncover tricks criminals use to trap their victims. Order your copy of this free DVD documentary, which has been featured on PBS. Learn more

What You Should Know About Your Retirement Plan

This booklet helps you understand your plan and explains what information you should review periodically and where to go for help with questions.