Whether it’s Santa Claus in the summer or someone enjoying their music a little too much in a public place, you know odd when you see it. It comes naturally. It’s easy. But can you spot fraud just as easily? Chances are, you can’t – and that’s where we come in.

When it comes to making wise investments there’s nothing more important than learning how to spot fraud by learning the red flags of investment fraud.

ODD or FRAUD

Put yourself to the test and decide if these situations are odd, or more importantly, fraud.

Grandma’s got a thing for bling?

or

It’s definitely odd.

But we’ve got to admit she sort of pulls it off. When it comes to your finances though, the best accessory is still knowledge.

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A website selling something called binary options

or

It could be fraud

Although it's "creative" grammar and spelling may also count as odd if you ask us.

Financial Literacy

Know why odd is so easy to spot? Because you know what normal looks like. Safe investing works the same way: it all starts with knowledge. Explore our Financial Literacy section and learn what informed investing decisions look like.

A Disco Superstar Dog?

or

Cute.

But paws down this one is odd – unless of course this pup also has the smooth moves of a con artist.

Investor Protection

Investor Protection

Learn more about Red Flags, Types of Scams, How to Check Registration and more with our Investor Protection Section.

Protect Yourself

A Promise of Free Lunch With an Investment Seminar

or

Quite possibly fraud

Especially if they are pressuring you to buy. That saying exists for a reason, after all.

Check Our CheckF1rst Videos

We’ve created a full library of videos ranging from Investing 101 with award-winning author and expert Kelley Keehn to a video featuring our Perfect Scam Campaign. Kick back, relax and learn.

About CheckF1rst

CheckFirst was created as part of the Alberta Securities Commission’s mission to educate and empower investors to make safe and informed financial decisions.

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Whether you’re looking for more information, want to report a scam or file a complaint about something you’ve spotted, we want to hear from you.