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Know how to complain if you suspect a fraud.

It might be embarrassing if you’ve been taken in by a fraud. But if you feel that you’ve been had, it’s critical that you let regulators know right away. The sooner you can tip off the authorities, the greater the chance the fraudster can be nailed and the better the chance of recovering money.

The SEC’s Center for Complaints and Enforcement Tips allows you to fill out electronic forms to alert regulators to a possible fraud. Give as much detail about the alleged fraud as you can to help investigators who might decide to take your case.

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