(SI Newswire) (WASHINGTON, DC) The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued a new Investor Alert called E-Cigarette Stock Scams: New Smoking Technology Could Light Up Pump-and-Dump Fraud warning investors of aggressive promotions touting stocks that claim to capitalize on the e-cigarette and vaporizer, or "vape," market. FINRA's Alert follows the Securities and Exchange Commission's recent trading suspension for a company that purported to make disposable electronic cigarettes because of concerns about manipulative activity related to the company's common stock.
"The popularity of e-cigarettes has grown rapidly over the last several years, and the e-cigarette and "vape" markets have been the subject of considerable media attention. Investors interested in this market have to look beyond the hype and be watchful for pump-and-dump fraudsters who are eager to make their money disappear into thin air," said Gerri Walsh, FINRA's Senior Vice President for Investor Education.
E-Cigarette Stock Scams includes a series of tips to help investors avoid potential stock scams.
Investors who receive an offer that contains exaggerated or misleading claims are urged to contact FINRA.