Did You Know that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) maintains a list with the names of companies that “falsely claim to be registered, licensed and/or located in the U.S.” while soliciting U.S. investors? What’s unbelievable is that there are even companies claiming to be fictitious regulators, government agencies and international organizations.

If you get a stock tip that sounds too good to be true, you might want to check this list before you invest. These are just the companies who have received SEC complaints.

Let’s make sure your company’s name doesn’t appear on this list by making sure you are raising money legally and you are not making false claims in your advertisements to investors, such as “SEC registered” or “SEC compliant.” 

You can check out the list (and should do so frequently) at: https://www.sec.gov/enforce/public-alerts.