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Business Briefing / Investing

SEC warns of impersonators

March 03, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The Securities and Exchange Commission said con artists were impersonating its employees and pressing brokerages and money managers to turn over records in "emergency" inspections.

In other instances, investors have been tricked into giving impersonators private information, access to brokerage accounts or money, the SEC said. The regulator has been alerting investors of people posing as SEC staff since at least 2007, according to notices posted on its website.

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