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.


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

A man-in-a-hippo-costume running through downtown


This one is just straight-up odd

But unless he’s also promising high rates of returns on an investment, it's not fraud.

Investor Protection

Investor Protection

Learn more about red flags, types of scams, how to check registration and more with our free and unbiased resources.

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A website selling something called binary options


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.

Doing a full dance routine to get in the zone before a big meeting?


Sure, it’s odd.

– But when it comes to nailing that presentation, we say anything goes. Fortunately, when it comes to finance, there are easier ways to get it right.

Tools and Calculators

Tools and Calculators

A successful presentation usually requires a good understanding of the data. Take that same approach with your finances and put our suite of tools and calculators to good use.

Use Our Calculators

A Promise of Free Lunch With an Investment Seminar


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.