Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Scam and Investor Fraud Alert Sources

DIY investors have to be on their toes against scams and frauds, perhaps even more than ordinary advisor-guided investors (though some might want to debate that point). Here are few online sources I've found to help check out current known illegal schemes.

  1. Ontario Securities Commission Investor Warning List
  2. Alberta Securities Commission Investor Watch page
  3. Canadian Securities Administrators Disciplined Persons search tool and Cease Trade Orders database covering all provinces
  4. BC Securities Commission's InvestRight website has a heading Scams in the News on the home page, an Investment Caution List and an Alerts and Watches
  5. PhoneBusters (sponsored by the RCMP, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Canadian government Competition Bureau) posts more of the "breaking news" type warnings including the dastardly Puppy scam
  6. Quatloos "A public educational website covering a wide variety of financial scams & frauds"; blog and discussion forum includes a lot of US and international content
  7. has North American content

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