British Columbia Securities Commission

British Columbia Securities Commission

January 15, 2007 13:00 ET

BCSC Anti-Fraud Campaign Comes to Surrey

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 15, 2007) - The British Columbia Securities Commission's InvestRight program featuring a RED-FLAGS communications campaign, designed to alert investors about some of the most common fraudulent sales pitches, will be in Surrey Tuesday. Members of the media are invited to attend a special community presentation to learn more about investment scams and how people can protect themselves from fraud.

Who: Patricia Bowles - Director, Communications and Education, BCSC
Valerie MacLean - Executive Director, BC Crime Prevention

What: Surrey-area launch of the InvestRight program and RED-FLAGS
communications campaign

When: Tuesday, January 16, 2007 - Meeting starts at 12:15 p.m.
InvestRight presentation begins at 12:40 p.m. (approx.)

Where: Rotary Club of Surrey, Day's Hotel
9850 King George Highway, Surrey

InvestRight was created to help protect investors from fraud and to give them the tools they need to ask the right questions before making investment decisions. The program is being implemented in conjunction with campaign partners that include The Better Business Bureau (Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Interior), the BC Crime Prevention Association and the BC Hydro Power Pioneers, a BC Hydro retiree Senior's Safety and Crime Prevention Wise Owl program.

InvestRight is a one-stop resource for investors to educate themselves on how to make informed investment decisions. Its comprehensive website at provides a wide range of tools to help investors develop critical thinking skills they need to protect themselves - information such as how to do background checks, investment products, a scam meter and video clips from victims of investment fraud. A RED-FLAGS communications campaign has been launched to alert investors to common sales pitches used by scam artists along with a province wide seminar program. If you have questions or problems with an investment or a financial adviser, please call 604-899-6854 or 1-800-373-6393 (toll-free in BC & Alberta).

The BC Securities Commission is the independent provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities within the province.

Contact Information

  • British Columbia Securities Commission
    Andrew Poon
    (604) 899-6880 or (B.C. & Alberta) 1-800-373-6393