ANTI-FRAUD RESOURCES

As a trusted voice in the self-directed retirement industry, we want to help you stay informed, prepared, and up-to-date by providing the latest resources on investment fraud prevention, detection, and protection.

WHAT IS INVESTMENT FRAUD?

10% OF INVESTORS WILL BE VICTIMIZED BY INVESTMENT FRAUD AT SOME POINT IN THEIR LIVES.

Investment fraud refers to deceptive and misleading practices by scammers to persuade investors into making risky, fake, or even illegal investment decisions. The scammer might use manipulation, false information, or fictitious opportunities to draw in the investor. Investment fraud may involve traditional stocks and bonds or alternative assets such as real estate.

Whether you're a first-time investor or have been investing for many years, anyone can fall victim to fraud. That's why it's so important to stay vigilant and do your due diligence before making any invest decisions.

RITA is committed to educating investors to fully understand self-directed retirement plans and protect them against fraud. By partnering with us and our members, investors can feel informed, confident, and prepared for their future.

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RITA'S "CHECK BEFORE YOU INVEST" CHECKLIST

Check Before You Invest is an investor education awareness campaign created by the Retirement Industry Trust Association, the trade association for self-directed retirement plan providers. The purpose of this initiative is to promote investor awareness through educational materials and resources provided by state, federal, and private agencies.

Instantly become a more informed and savvy investor with our "Check Before You Invest" checklist. We recommend that you utilize our checklist and additional resources provided while you contemplate any self-directed investment in your retirement plan.

TYPES
OF FRAUD

Investment fraud comes in many forms. The more familiar you are with the different types of fraud, the more easily you can recognize potential scams and protect yourself and your loved ones.

The following are the most common types of investment fraud, according to the SEC:

RITA INVESTMENT QUESTIONS

The Retirement Industry Trust Association and its member firms encourage each investor to review the following questions when considering an investment. Because it is not the responsibility of passive custodians to provide investment analysis or recommendations or to perform due diligence concerning your investment decisions, the questions have been designed to help you in your efforts to evaluate the soundness, prudence and merit of your investments.

Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of questions but simply a starting point. The answers to these questions are not a substitute for your own due diligence. We also strongly encourage investors to make use of legal, tax and financial advisors to support these efforts.

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Fraud Awareness Videos

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Too-Good-to-be-True Circus | SEC

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Without a Trace | SEC

RECOURSE FOR
FRAUD VICTIMS

What Do I Do If I've Been the Victim of a Scam?

If you have lost money in a fraudulent investment or scheme involving a self-directed IRA or a third-party custodian, or have information about one of these scams, you should:

You can find links and addresses for your state regulator by visiting the North American Securities Administrators Association’s website.

Other Fraud Resources

Warning Signs of Fraud | NASAA

Protect yourself by learning to recognize the warning signs of a fraudulent investment pitch.

[ CLICK HERE ]

Check Your Investment Professional | SEC

Look up your investment professional in the SEC database before investing.

[ CLICK HERE ]

Investor Alerts & Bulletins | SEC

Review Investor Alerts from
the SEC focused on recent investment frauds and scams.

[ CLICK HERE ]

Fraud Prevention
Check-Up
| ACFE

Test your company’s fraud health with this free training resource.

[ CLICK HERE ]

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