Release 4535-01
For Release June 27, 2001


Washington – The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced today that it participated in an International Internet Surf Day that targeted futures and securities fraud and abuse on the Internet.

The second annual International Surf Day, organized again this year by the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), took place on April 23, 2001, and included the participation of approximately 300 individuals from 38 regulators in 35 countries. This year’s participants included a number of regulators from nations with emerging markets. In total, participants identified more than 2,400 Internet websites for follow-up review, including approximately 278 sites that involved cross-border activity.

Again this year CFTC staff were joined in their efforts by staff from the National Futures Association (NFA). Building on the success of last year’s effort, 45 CFTC and NFA participants reviewed over 1300 websites and identified more than 100 sites for further review, a number of which involved cross-border activity.

The sites identified for follow up review by CFTC and NFA staff involved a variety of trading opportunities, including foreign currencies, stock indices, precious metals and other products. Some claimed profits based on the seasonality of commodities, while others advertised computerized trading systems of various kinds.

According to Phyllis Cela, CFTC Acting Director of Enforcement, IOSCO’s second International Internet Surf Day provided an opportunity for IOSCO members to once again coordinate their identification of potentially fraudulent activity on the Internet and send a clear signal to wrongdoers that they cannot escape detection:

“Continuing cooperative efforts like the IOSCO Internet Surf Day are a vital component of effective enforcement in the global marketplace. The CFTC is committed to protecting US customers from bogus claims about commodity investment opportunities, wherever they occur. Joining forces with other IOSCO members around the world enhances our effectiveness in stopping fraud and educating the public.”


Notes To Editors:

On May 1, 2000 the CFTC filed and settled 10 enforcement actions involving fraudulent activity on the Internet by promoters of commodity trading systems. CFTC Release 4397-00 ( Simultaneous with the filing of those cases, the CFTC issued a Consumer Advisory warning the public about the risks of trading and outlining some steps they can take to educate themselves before trading or purchasing a trading system. CFTC May 1, 2000 Advisory (

On September 6, 2000 the Commission filed and simultaneously settled four additional administrative actions in a second sweep against promoters of commodity trading systems using the Internet, and also filed an injunctive action against a fifth. CFTC Release 4442-00 (

Other Advisories and Consumer Alerts issued by the CFTC include:

For further information about IOSCO’s International Internet Surf Day, contact Peter Clark, IOSCO Secretary General, in Madrid, at 001-34-91-417-5549.

List of participating members and websites:

IOSCO Member Organization Website Address (www…)
AUSTRALIA - Australian Securities and Investments Commission
AUSTRIA - Austrian Securities Authority
BELGIUM - Commission Bancaire et Financière
BRAZIL - Comissao de Valores Mobiliarios
CANADA - Ontario Securities Commission
CANADA - Commission des Valeurs Mobilières du Québec
CROATIA - Croatian Securities Commission
CZECH REPUBLIC - Czech Securities Commission
CYPRUS - Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission
DENMARK - Finanstilsynet
FINLAND - Rahoitustarkastus
FRANCE - Commission des Opérations de Bourse
FRANCE - Conseil des Marchés Financiers
GERMANY - Bundesaufsichtsamt Für Den Wertpapierhandel
GREECE - Capital Market Commission
GUERNSEY - Guernsey Financial Services Commission
HONG KONG - Securities and Futures Commission
HUNGARY - Hungarian Financial Supervisory Authority
INDIA - Securities and Exchange Board of India
IRELAND - Central Bank of Ireland
ISLE OF MAN - Isle of Man Financial Supervision Commission
ITALY - Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa
JAPAN - Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission
JERSEY - Jersey Financial Services Commission
KOREA - Financial Supervisory Commission of Korea
MALAYSIA - Securities Commission
MEXICO - Comision Nacional Bancaria y de Valores De Mexico
NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand Sercurities Commission
NETHERLANDS - Stichting Toezicht Effectenverkeer
NORWAY - Kredittilsynet
POLAND - Polish Securities and Exchange Commission
PORTUGAL - Commissão do Mercado de Valores Mobiliários
SINGAPORE - Monetary Authority of Singapore
SPAIN - Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores
SWEDEN - Finansinspektionen
SWITZERLAND - Swiss Federal Banking Commission
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO - Securities and Exchange Commission  ( e-mail )
UNITED KINGDOM - Financial Services Authority
UNITED STATES - Commodity Futures Trading Commission
UNITED STATES - National Futures Association
UNITED STATES - Securities and Exchange Commission

Many of the above-listed IOSCO members will announce separately the results of their participation in the International Internet Surf Day. You can contact the members directly for further information.

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