Can I Submit Anonymous Tip to SEC Whistleblower Office? Chapter 2
Yes, but only if you have an attorney represent you in connection with your 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.
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Chapter 1 - What is the SEC Whistleblower Program?
Chapter 6- Who Is An Eligible SEC Whistleblower?