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In this edition, we report on the sentencing of Anthony Wayne March of Wake Forest, NC, to 135 months imprisonment for his role in an $8.1 million Ponzi scheme. The NC Department of Secretary of State Securities Division assisted in the investigation and prosecution of March. We also unveil the Top Investor Threats for 2021 as compiled by the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), and include the link to an investor protection presentation hosted by AARP Western North Carolina. We also feature information about the next installment in the “Boomers to Zoomers” Facebook Live series that will take place at 1 pm on April 23. This series is jointly presented by the Investor Protection Trust, PBS Books and Detroit Public Television and is free to all. The Secretary of State’s Office will stream the conversation on its Facebook page, @NCSecState. We also feature new investor alerts about “SPACS” and “ESG Investing.” What do those initials mean? Learn what they are and how to protect yourself from scams. We also include information relating to and new study by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation (FINRA Foundation) and the Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) which provides new evidence that repeated exposure to concise, online educational interventions can reduce susceptibility to investment fraud among U.S. adults. Finally, we include our regular Calendar of Upcoming Events, News from the Regulators, our Cybersecurity Corner, and our Enforcement News.
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In this edition, we discuss issues investors should consider before succumbing to hype about certain investments they see on social media platforms. We provide an Investor alert from the SEC about this as well as a link to an NPR Planet Money podcast explaining the recent GameStop "short squeeze." We also inform NC attorneys about our free CLE program. We include another SEC investor alert warning people about how the isolation of the elderly during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in the number of investment scams. We include a link to the NC Secretary of State Securities Division's latest Informed Investor Alert about protecting one's online accounts. We include a notice that AARP North Carolina is conducting a Facebook Live event at 10:00 am on March 1 with Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and Attorney General Josh Stein. They will be discussing fraud prevention. Details are included. In our Cybersecurity Corner, we feature FINRA's 2021 Risk Monitoring and Examination Activities Report, which addresses 18 regulatory areas, including cybersecurity for member firms to be mindful of. Finally, we include our regular News from the Regulators and Enforcement News sections.
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