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Jun 29, 2020
CALGARY – June 29, 2020 – The Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) is warning Alberta investors to exercise extreme caution with Claim Central (CC), a company purportedly working to recover investor losses from binary options scams. CC is not related to Claim Central Consolidated.
CC contacts its victims via telephone or email, claiming that they are investigating a binary options fraud scheme and that the victim’s name is on the list of individuals that have been defrauded. CC then claims that they are able to retrieve the victim’s stolen money, but require payment of a “tax-fee” to make that possible. The company’s website also references a number of other related legal services. This appears to be a recovery room scheme with an attempt to add legitimacy to the scam by claiming to have an Alberta presence.
Recovery room schemes typically involve companies that contact investors who may have lost money in an illiquid or fraudulent investment and offer to recover their funds. Once investors agree to the deal, they are typically asked to pay upfront fees for the service or transaction. In reality, the operators keep the funds, but do not complete the service. They may also sell the victim’s personal information to other scam artists so they can be targeted again.
There are several “red flags” or risks common in illegal investment schemes present in CC’s promotions and sales techniques, including:
The ASC urges any Albertans contacted by CC, or with any information regarding a scheme like this, to contact the ASC at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 403-355-4151 (toll-free 1-877-355-4488).
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 with 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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Theresa Schroder Senior Advisor, Communications 403.297.4231
ASC Public Inquiries Toll Free: 1-877-355-4488