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SEC Whistleblower Program: Can I submit an anonymous tip to SEC Whistleblower Office?

Anonymous Tips to the SEC Whistleblower Office

Yes, whistleblowers can submit anonymous tips to the SEC Whistleblower Office and be eligible for an award, but only if whistleblowers have an attorney represent them in connection with their submission. An experienced whistleblower attorney can skillfully guide you through the process, maximizing the likelihood that your identity is not revealed to unauthorized parties.

In addition, the SEC is committed to protecting whistleblowers’ identities, to the fullest extent possible. It would be very difficult for the SEC to receive the best fraud-exposing tips if it did not take steps to protect whistleblowers’ confidentiality. For example, the SEC will often issue awards and provide no information about the whistleblower or even the enforcement action. According to the SEC Whistleblower Office’s 2016 Annual Report to Congress, almost 25% of whistleblowers who received awards reported anonymously.

There are limits, however, to the SEC’s ability to shield your identity, and in certain circumstances the SEC must disclose it to outside entities. You should consult with an experienced whistleblower attorney for more details on your specific claim.

Anti-Retaliation Protections for SEC Whistleblowers

Click here to learn more about anti-retaliation protections for SEC whistleblowers under the Dodd-Frank Act and Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

SEC Whistleblower Law Practice

For more information about whistleblower rewards and bounties, contact the SEC whistleblower lawyers at Zuckerman Law at 202-262-8959.

To learn more about the SEC Whistleblower Program, download Zuckerman Law’s eBook: SEC Whistleblower Program: Tips from SEC Whistleblower Attorneys to Maximize an SEC Whistleblower Award:

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How to Qualify for a SEC Whistleblower Award

SEC Whistleblower Bounties

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Yes, you can submit an anonymous tip and still receive an award if you have an attorney represent you in connection with your submission. In these cases, your submissions will not have to include your name, and you’ll be able to identify any information or evidence that you provide the SEC that could expose you as the whistleblower.

Jason Zuckerman, Principal of Zuckerman Law, litigates whistleblower retaliation, qui tam, wrongful discharge, and other employment-related claims. He is rated 10 out of 10 by Avvo, was recognized by Washingtonian magazine as a “Top Whistleblower Lawyer” in 2015 and selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America® and in SuperLawyers.

Matthew Stock is the Director of the Whistleblower Rewards Practice at Zuckerman Law. He represents whistleblowers around the world in SEC, CFTC and IRS whistleblower claims. He is also a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner and former KPMG external auditor.