Media Advisory - BCSC anti-fraud campaign comes to Penticton

    VANCOUVER, March 7 /CNW/ - The British Columbia Securities Commission's
InvestRight program featuring a RED-FLAGS communications campaign, designed to
alert investors about some of the most common fraudulent sales pitches, will
be in Penticton this weekend. BCSC staff will be participating in the Home,
Leisure & Outdoor Living Show 2007 in Penticton with a booth setup as well as
holding an InvestRight seminar on Saturday, March 10th at 11 am at the show.
    The seminar - free for those attending the show - will help people learn
about how to make informed investment decisions. People will hear what could
happen if they don't know how to spot the five RED FLAGS of investment fraud.
They will see a video of fraud victims talking about what could happen if
investors don't do their homework. People will learn how to protect themselves
from being scammed.
    Members of the media are invited to attend the Saturday seminar to learn
more about investment scams and how people can protect themselves from fraud.
Media can also arrange for interviews with the BCSC presenter - Patricia
Bowles - on either Friday or Saturday by contacting the BCSC in advance.

    Who:   Patricia Bowles - Director, Communications and Education, BCSC

    What:  InvestRight program and RED-FLAGS communications campaign at the
           Home, Leisure & Outdoor Living Show 2007 in Penticton

    When:  Friday, March 9 - 11, 2007 (BCSC booth)
           Saturday, March 10 at 11 am (InvestRight seminar)

    Where: The Penticton Trade & Convention Centre
           273 Power Street (1/2 block south of Westminster Ave.)

    InvestRight was created to help protect investors from fraud and to give
them the tools they need to ask the right questions before making investment
decisions. The program is being implemented in conjunction with campaign
partners that include The Better Business Bureau (Lower Mainland, Vancouver
Island and the Interior), the BC Crime Prevention Association and the BC Hydro
Power Pioneers, a BC Hydro retiree Senior's Safety and Crime Prevention Wise
Owl program.

    InvestRight is a one-stop resource for investors to educate themselves on
how to make informed investment decisions. Its comprehensive website at provides a wide range of tools to help investors develop
critical thinking skills they need to protect themselves - information such as
how to do background checks, investment products, a scam meter and video clips
from victims of investment fraud. A RED-FLAGS communications campaign has been
launched to alert investors to common sales pitches used by scam artists along
with a province wide seminar program. If you have questions or problems with
an investment or a financial adviser, please call 604-899-6854 or
1-800-373-6393 (toll-free in BC & Alberta).

    The BC Securities Commission is the independent provincial government
agency responsible for regulating trading in securities within the province.

For further information:

For further information: Andrew Poon, (604) 899-6880 or (B.C. & Alberta)

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