NASD issued an investor alert Tuesday, warning that fraudsters are using e-mails and faxes to promote fake websites that resemble U.S. and international regulators' official websites, where they are pitching stocks and using embedded cookies to track visitors' personal information. The ploys are primarily aimed at non-U.S. investors and are designed to obtain investors' money.

The fake websites referring to U.S. regulators end in "-gov.us," whereas all U.S. government websites end in ".gov," and they refer to at least three non-existent agencies: Central Registry Regulators, National Mergers and Acquisitions Board and Board of Commissioners of Mergers & Acquisitions.

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