There's no doubt about it, getting taken for a ride really throws you off-track. Investment fraud can happen to anyone, but you can take steps to protect yourself. Most importantly, you can adopt a "buyer beware" attitude. Keep your eyes open. Know the warning signs of a scam, and keep your money safe.
Explore this section to learn about common scams and new fraud bulletins so that you're prepared for the next time you're approached with a new investment opportunity.
Do a background check on any individual who is offering you an investment opportunity. The CSA Disciplined Persons List identifies individuals that have been subject to penalties in various jurisdictions. The comprehensiveness of the listings varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. For Alberta specific information, place the individual’s name in the “Search” area at the top of the ASC website.
Do a search on a company in the National Cease Trade Orders.
Read up on the risks and rewards of various investment opportunities to better prepare yourself for the next time you are approached to invest your money:
Read our latest enforcement orders to keep yourself well informed.
View the Executive Summary of the 2009 Canadian Securities Administrators Investor Index.