Could You Identify a Potential  Scam? If you currently use a financial advisor or you’re thinking of transitioning to a new one, you might have a number of questions about your financial decisions; but did you begin by asking yourself how you could do a background check on your financial advisor? Perhaps you are approached by an “investment professional” or financial advisor during a social event, or a friend of a friend refers someone to you. No matter the circumstances or situation, learn how to protect yourself, and the money you plan to invest. You can start today by checking out these videos and testing your knowledge on identifying potential scams. Don’t miss our Google Hangout on 4/23 at 12:30 PM ET to find out how to do a background check on your financial advisor. Join Marietta Jelks, the Editor in Chief of the Consumer Action Handbook , and a special guest from the CFTC SmartCheck℠ campaign on April 23rd at 12:30 PM ET. You can email questions to Marietta at or tweet them using the hashtag #AskMarietta and could be answered during the live event.

Check the Background of Your Financial Advisor