Attack of the clones: Five steps to staying vigilant against fake websites and investment scams

Have you heard that more and more fraudsters are cloning the websites of legitimate companies?

Fraudsters will go as far as to use the legitimate company’s actual web address and employee names, and will even use pop-up ads to promote the fraudulent website! Before you use websites where you plan on putting in personal information and or credit card information, follow these steps!

  1. Do not take part in investment offers or opportunities that you find through a search engine.
  2. Be careful to small details on the website such as phone number, email address, web address, etc.
  3. Consider odd formats of payment cryptocurrency, wire transfers, or gift cards as a red flag.
  4. Be wary if someone is claiming to be an investment professional.
  5. Be cautious of individuals who claim they will be able to help you get your money back if you have been scammed.

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This article was originally published on the Alberta Securities Commission’s (ASC) investor education website The ASC is the regulatory agency responsible for administering the province’s securities laws. It is entrusted with fostering a fair and efficient capital market in Alberta and protecting investors. As a member of the Canadian Securities Administrators, the ASC works to improve, coordinate and harmonize the regulation of Canada’s capital markets.

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