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New Tool Helps Investors Make Informed Decisions and Avoid Financial Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) created an online search feature - SEC Action Lookup for Individualsthat enables investors to research whether the person trying to sell them investments has a judgment or order entered against them in an enforcement action.   


SEC Promotes Background Checks
of Investment Professionals

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a public service announcement to encourage investors to check the background of their investment professional on Investor.gov. 


Alert: Bogus Phone Calls From the SEC

The Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) is warning investors of fraudsters that claim to work for the SEC and pretend to help investors purchase stock or confirm trades in an attempt to trick investors into sending money or providing personal account information.


Cryptocurrency
Know the risks before you invest in cryptocurrencies, by the Federal Trade Commission, provides information that you should know if you are considering investing in cryptocurrency. 
    

Western Union Refunds

Connecticut residents who lost money to a scam and made payments through Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017 are eligible to file a claim to get their money back by going to FTC.gov/WU

Update:  The deadline for filing claims has just been extended to May 31, 2018.


2018 Foreclosure Prevention Clinics

Department of Banking staff participates in monthly Foreclosure Prevention Clinics, sponsored by the Connecticut Fair Housing Center.  These free clinics are offered in Hartford, Bridgeport, Norwalk and Stamford.  2018 Fairfield County Foreclosure Prevention Clinics (pdf, 61 KB)

CT residents may also be interested in the publication Representing Yourself in Foreclosure: A Guide for Connecticut Homeowners.

 

Notice to all Connecticut Money Transmission, Small Loan, Consumer Collection Agency, Student Loan Servicer and Mortgage Servicer Licensees

No Action position on Money Transmission Licensure Requirement for Persons Acting as an Agent of a Payee, issued by the Banking Commissioner on October 24, 2017.  (pdf file, 2.2 MB)
 

 
Equifax Data Breach
Information for Consumers

Consumers with questions about the Equifax security breach should visit www.equifaxsecurity2017.com to look up if you were potentially impacted, and steps to take if you are on that list. Equifax has a dedicated call center at 1-866-447-7559 for questions.


AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities.