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November 05
Trick or Treat? The ASC helps Albertans learn how to avoid being 'tricked'



According to a recent ASC survey of Albertans, about 30 per cent of individuals believe they have been approached with a potentially fraudulent investment. Yet, two-thirds of Albertans with investments do not research investment opportunities...and nearly one-in-six think it’s unimportant or unnecessary!

In order to assist Albertans in protecting themselves from becoming a victim of investment fraud, the ASC launched a ‘Don’t Get Tricked’ campaign to educate the public about how they can use freely available ASC resources to protect themselves by thoroughly researching investment opportunities. As part of this campaign, the ASC took to the streets to remind Albertans that investment tricks don’t just happen at Halloween, hosting special ‘Trick or Treat’ events on October 28 (Edmonton) and on October 29 and 30 (Calgary). During these events, we provided Albertans with Halloween treats and information on what they can do to help protect themselves from being ‘tricked’ when investing, including checking registration and the red flags of investment fraud.

Following is some positive feedback we received during these events from Albertans:

  • “This is really timely. I was just thinking of investing and the information will really help me.”
  • “I wish I knew this before I started investing.”
  • “This is a great public service. I‘m glad you’re out there as a resource.”

While Investor Education month may be over for 2014, protecting your financial future continues year-round. The month of November marks the start of Financial Literacy Month across Canada. Be sure to visit the CheckFirst.ca and ASC websites to increase your knowledge about investing. It’ll help you protect yourself from ‘tricks’ in the future!





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