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SEC Center for Complaints and Enforcement Tips

Through this page you can file a complaint or provide us with tips on potential securities law violations. We welcome hearing from you because your information may alert us to a bad broker or firm, an unfair practice in the securities industry that needs to be changed, or the latest fraud.

How Do I Reach the SEC?

There are several ways to file a complaint:

  • Complaints - Use one of our online forms to file your complaint electronically.
  • Tips - Report a potential violation of the securities laws directly to Please do not use this email box for general comments or questions.
  • Spams - Forward investment-related spam e-mails to
  • Questions - Use our "Fast Answers" web page for general questions about the federal securities laws or your investments.
If you do not want to communicate electronically, either print and fill out a form or write us a letter. Our address is: SEC Complaint Center, 100 F Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20549-0213. You can also send a fax to 202-772-9295.

Whistleblower Protection:  If you work for a publicly traded company and have been fired, demoted, suspended, threatened, harassed, or discriminated against for reporting a potential shareholder fraud to a supervisor, federal regulator, or member of Congress, then please contact OSHA’S Office of Investigative Assistance right away. OSHA is the federal agency that investigates and handles these sorts of "whistleblower" complaints.

What Information Should I Provide?

We can best respond to you if we receive accurate and complete information. Though you are not required to furnish any more information than you wish, critical information for us to completely evaluate your complaint or tip includes:

  • Your name, mail and email addresses, and telephone numbers.
  • The name, mail and email addresses, telephone numbers, and website address of any individual or company you mention in the complaint.
  • If you have a complaint about a security or a securities salesperson, specific details of how, why, and when you were defrauded or encountered problems with investments or your broker or adviser.

What Happens After I Send Information to the SEC?

We thoroughly review and evaluate your information so that we may refer it to the appropriate SEC office. The Office of Investor Education and Advocacy will handle certain general questions about the securities laws and complaints relating to financial professionals or a complainant's personal financial matters. The professionals in this office can counsel you regarding possible remedies and may, under appropriate circumstances, approach brokerage firms, advisers or other financial professional concerning matters you have raised.

Attorneys in the Division of Enforcement evaluate information and tips concerning violations of the federal securities laws. It is the general policy of the SEC to conduct its investigations on a confidential basis to preserve the integrity of its investigative process as well as to protect persons against whom unfounded charges may be made or where the SEC determines that enforcement action is not necessary or appropriate.

Subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the SEC cannot disclose the existence or non-existence of an investigation and any information gathered unless made a matter of public record in proceedings brought before the SEC or in the courts. You can find information about public enforcement actions on our Web site.

Modified: 07/31/2007