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Commodity Pool Fraud

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1) ContaCt us if you have questions, are aware of suspicious activities, or believe you have been defrauded, please let the CFtC know immediately. Call the CFtC or visit www.cftc.gov/tiporComplaint. Commodity Pool Fraud The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is the federal government agency that regulates the commodity futures, commodity options, and swaps trading markets. The CFTC wants you to be aware of a type of fraud that involves individuals and firms offering investments in commodity pools. Commodity Futures trading Commission 1155 21st Street, NW Washington, DC 20581 866.366.2382 (Consumer Hotline) 202.418.5514 (TTY) Commodity Futures trading Commission consumers@cftc.gov www.cftc.gov/consumerprotection 43909_CommodityPool.indd 1 2/12/13 1:08 PM

2) Commodity Pools Commodity pool operators are persons or firms that raise funds and pool them together to trade commodity futures and options. Most fraudulent commodity pools involve unregistered operators. Many commodity pool operators advertise and solicit investors based on false claims of high profits and low risk. In fraudulent commodity pools, the funds are often misused and spent on improper expenses. signs oF a Possible Fraudulent sales PitCh Leading you to believe you can profit from current news already known to the public. “As a result of that hurricane, the price of oil futures will increase substantially.” Ask how the product meets your financial needs. Made through word of mouth referrals or emails from friends, relatives, members of churches or social groups—one fraudulent pool operator even solicited his cancer support group. Claiming to know unique market trends or to have a record of highly profitable trading. Promising quick, large and guaranteed returns. Contacting you asking for personal information such as your full name, phone number, email or home address. B Requesting cash immediately. 43909_CommodityPool.indd 2 2/12/13 1:08 PM