The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued a warning to US investors about scammers impersonating SEC employees via phone calls, voicemails, emails, and letters in government imposter scams.
The warning comes from the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA), which releases warnings on a regular basis to keep investors informed about new investment frauds and scams.
The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Alert to warn you of communications – including phone calls, voicemails, emails, and letters – that may falsely appear to be from the SEC.
We are aware that several individuals recently received phone calls or voicemail messages that appeared to be from an SEC phone number. The calls and messages raised purported concerns about unauthorized transactions or other suspicious activity in the recipients’ checking or cryptocurrency accounts. These phone calls and voicemail messages are in no way connected to the SEC. If you receive a communication that appears to be from the SEC, do not provide any personal information unless you have verified that you are dealing with the SEC. The SEC does not seek money from any person or entity as a penalty or disgorgement for alleged wrongdoing