Publications

The CFTC continually strives to provide effective information and tools to help consumers avoid fraud. Below are some helpful resources on these topics. Bulk orders of certain publications are available free to organizations. If you have questions about any of these resources, please contact [email protected]. These publications should not be resold.

Brochures

The Risks of Buying Gold, Silver and Platinum

Trading in precious metals such as gold, silver, or palladium can be a legitimate way to diversify your portfolio, but the market is volatile and also has its share of fraud. Beware of dealers’ lofty promises of easy profits or doomsday threats of a faltering economy.  [PDF]

10 Signs of a Scam Crypto or Forex Trading Website

If someone on social media or a messaging app directs you to a cryptocurrency or foreign currency trading website, look for these 10 telltale signs to help you determine if it’s a scam.   [PDF]

Curious About Crypto? Watch Out for Red Flags

Remember, the digital asset marketplace is largely unregulated and fraud is a significant risk. Avoid websites or advisers that display these common red flags. [PDF]

14 Digital Asset Risks to Remember

The more you understand the risks of your investment, the more effectively you can minimize their potential effects. Here are some common risks associated with digital assets. [PDF]

10 Digital Asset Terms You Should Know

Before investing in digital assets, it’s critical to understand the technology and differences between them. Here are 10 key terms to help get you started. [PDF]

Advisories

Customer Advisory: Six Warning Signs of Online Financial Romance Frauds

That “wrong number” text or “like” you receive from an attractive stranger may be from an international criminal organization using a fake name and photo. These gangs have stolen billions of dollars by posing as long-distance friends or romantic interests. Learn the warning signs. [PDF]

Customer Advisory: AI Won’t Turn Trading Bots into Money Machines

Ignore social media influencers or trading platforms that claim AI-created algorithms can generate large, guaranteed returns. These are common red flags of fraud. Here are four steps you should take before trusting your money to trading platforms or AI bot sellers. [PDF]

Customer Advisory: Beware Offers to Receive and Forward Money

Criminals committing fraud are trying to recruit people to receive and transfer money from their digital wallets, trading, or other personal accounts. Moving money for illegal purposes, even unknowingly, is against the law and participants could face serious consequences. [PDF]

Customer Advisory: Eight Things You Should Know Before Trading Forex

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission advises the public to thoroughly research over-the-counter foreign exchange (“forex”) dealers before making initial deposits or handing over sensitive personal information. [PDF]

Customer Advisory: Be Alert and Share Information to Help Seniors Avoid Fraud

In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the CFTC reminds the public that fraud criminals often target the life savings of older adults. Here are three recent frauds targeting seniors, and steps you can take to protect yourself or others. [PDF]