British Columbia Securities Commission

British Columbia Securities Commission

October 13, 2006 13:00 ET

British Columbia Securities Commission: Media Advisory; Prince George Gets Anti-Fraud Campaign

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 13, 2006) - The British Columbia Securities Commission's new InvestRight program featuring a RED-FLAGS communications campaign, designed to alert investors about some of the most common fraudulent sales pitches to watch out for, will be in Prince George next Monday.

BCSC representatives and some campaign partners will be presenting an education seminar and meeting with local police and other community partners Mon, Oct. 16 in Prince George. The northern centre stop comes on the heels of a successful Victoria session earlier this week as part of the BCSC's campaign to raise awareness of investment fraud in communities throughout BC. Similar stops are scheduled for Kelowna and Kamloops in November.

Prince George-based media and others interested in details about the Prince George session should contact Sam Schachner (604) 298-0897 or Andrew Poon (604) 899-6880.

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 www.InvestRight.org 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
    Website: www.bcsc.bc.ca