#FPM2017: A Fraud Warning Song, Background Checks, and More

March is Fraud Prevention Month. The British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) wants investors to know how to protect themselves from investment scams and fraud.

This year, BCSC InvestRight created several resources that highlight some of the ways fraudsters may try to steal your money through investment scams.

Fraudster Crooner – A Fraud Warning Song

The Fraudster Crooner music video covers some common scams and warning signs to watch for when someone approaches you with an investment. It’s meant to show how scammers and con artists think, as well as help investors avoid fraud.

Watch the video below and share it on social media.

Conduct a Background Check

Investors should check their investment advisors’ registration, disciplinary history, and other important details before making an investment.

Visit the Conduct a Background Check page to see tips on how to start your research and what to look for when doing a search.

Fraud Warning Signs, Tools, and Videos

Our Fraud Prevention Month 2017 page has links to resources that help investors recognize, reject, and report investment fraud. You’ll see articles, videos, and tools that have helped people identify scams and protect their money.

Beware Binary Options: CSA

Earlier this month, the Canadian Securities Administrators released binaryoptionsfraud.ca, a website that describes the dangers of binary options scams.No firm or person is registered to market, sell, or trade binary options in Canada.

The BCSC has been in the media speaking about binary options scams and how investors can avoid falling preying to these risky, often fraudulent, investments. Binary options are also on the Better Business Bureau’s Top 10 Scams of 2016 list with more than $7 million in lost funds reported to anti-fraud officials last year.

If you have any concerns about a person or company offering an investment opportunity, please contact BCSC Inquiries at 604-899-6854 or 1-800-373-6393 or through e-mail at [email protected]. You can also file a complaint or submit a tip anonymously using BCSC’s online complaint form.

InvestRight.org is the British Columbia Securities Commission’s investor education website.