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BCSC Seeks to Return Funds Lost in Shantz Case

Posted by at 3/19/2015 11:45:00 AM | 0 Comment

The British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) today announced that it will notify investors who lost money as a result of investing with Canadian Pacific Consulting and Michael Robert Shantz to make an application for compensation. The funds ($131,781.34)... Read more

Category: Warning,Enforcement

Investor Alert: Unregistered Binary Option Platforms

Posted by at 3/10/2015 11:10:00 AM | 0 Comment

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) are warning investors to exercise caution when considering an investment in binary options. The CSA has become aware of multiple websites promoting binary options trading platforms that are soliciting Canadians. Many of these websites are... Read more

Category: Warning,Financial literacy

BC Securities Commission launches Fraudster Fighter Tool Kit

Posted by at 3/6/2015 9:25:00 AM | 0 Comment

In support of Fraud Prevention Month, the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) launched its "Fraudster Fighter Tool Kit", an investor protection resource available on The Tool Kit contains links to the BCSC's Be Fraud Aware mobile app, guides... Read more

Category: Scams,Warning,Education,Enforcement,Financial literacy,Research

BCSC Enforcement Roundup - January 2015

Posted by at 2/6/2015 3:35:00 PM | 0 Comment

Every month we release an Enforcement Roundup blog that highlights all of the notable securities law decisions relating to BC residents in the previous month. We cover our completed regulatory cases and report on other self-regulatory organization’s decisions when pertinent... Read more

Category: Warning,Enforcement,Financial literacy

Social Media and Investing

Posted by at 1/29/2015 3:15:00 PM | 0 Comment

Social media tools such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn are accessible, interactive, mediums where dialogue can take place and information shared. These tools can provide benefits for investors looking for information about investing, but it can also provide opportunities for... Read more

Category: Warning,Education,Financial literacy

Five New Additions to BCSC's Investment Caution List

Posted by at 1/8/2015 3:45:00 PM | 0 Comment

The BC Securities Commission (BCSC) proactively helps protect British Columbia investors by publishing an Investment Caution List.... In this blog post, we highlight five names that were added to the Investment Caution List between September and December 2014. The entities... Read more

Category: Scams,Warning,Enforcement

Eight new additions to the BCSC’s Investment Caution List

Posted by at 7/18/2014 12:35:00 PM | 0 Comment

The BC Securities Commission (BCSC) continues to proactively help protect British Columbia investors by publishing an Investment Caution List. In this blog post, we highlight some of the entities that came to our Enforcement Division’s attention over the past few... Read more

Category: Warning,Education

Be vigilant when answering e-mail subscription requests

Posted by at 7/10/2014 11:15:00 AM | 0 Comment

You may have noticed your e-mail inbox filling up with consent forms from companies and organizations that are conforming to the federal government’s new anti-spam legislation, which came into effect on July 1, 2014. This legislation, known as the Canadian... Read more

Category: Warning,Education

New additions to the BCSC’s Investment Caution List

Posted by Ken at 4/17/2014 2:30:00 PM | 0 Comment

The BC Securities Commission (BCSC) continues to take a proactive approach to help protect BC investors by publishing entities engaging in unregistered activity or promoting unqualified securities in the province to the Investment Caution List. In this blog post, we... Read more

Category: Warning,Education

Top Ten Scams highlight new media schemes

Posted by at 2/28/2014 12:55:00 PM | 0 Comment

March is Fraud Prevention Month, and the BC Securities Commission’s InvestRight program is proud to be a partner in the Top Ten Scams campaign. This year is the 10th year of the campaign, which is a multi organizational partnership, that... Read more

Category: Scams,Warning

Warnings and alerts from Canadian securities regulators

Posted by Ken at 1/31/2014 12:55:00 PM | 0 Comment

Over the past couple of months, securities regulators from different provinces issued a number of Investor Alerts and warnings. In this blog post, I have highlighted some recent alerts and warnings from regulators outside of BC. ... Read more

Category: Warning

Norex Trade Advisors and Fortress Global Markets added to ICL

Posted by Ken at 9/20/2013 2:20:00 PM | 0 Comment

BCSC staff recently added Norex Trading Advisors and Fortress Global Markets to the Investment Caution List (ICL) after becoming aware of the two websites. On its website, Norex Trading Advisors offers a trading platform for trading foreign exchange (Forex) contracts... Read more

Category: Warning

BCSC and AMF caution against online binary options trading platforms

Posted by Ken at 8/16/2013 12:45:00 PM | 0 Comment

BCSC staff placed,, and on its Investment Caution List (ICL) on Aug. 7, 2013. The websites offer online trading platforms for binary options, a type of investment product that trade in currency markets. The... Read more

Category: Warning

Be on the lookout for social media and e-mail scams

Posted by Ken at 7/25/2013 9:00:00 AM | 0 Comment

In this blog post, I will be writing about a surge in stock spam and how social media is being used to update an old scam that has been used to take money from older people for years. Pump and... Read more

Category: Scams,Warning

Recent investor warnings from North American securities regulators

Posted by Ken at 7/12/2013 10:40:00 AM | 0 Comment

In June and July, the New Brunswick and Ontario Securities Commissions warned people not to invest with EquityStar Momentum Growth Fund after residents in both provinces received e mails about an investment opportunity. EquityStar Momentum Growth Fund is not registered... Read more

Category: Scams,Warning


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