July 3, 2007                                                         Contact:Lucas Hamilton

DON’T GET SCAMMED -- LEARN HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF


      Campaign For Wise and Safe Investing Offers Free Investment Education Seminars
      
      To help Montana consumers protect themselves from investment fraud and scams, the Montana State Auditor’s Office is teaming up with AARP and the Investor Protection Trust to launch the statewide Campaign for Wise and Safe Investing.
      
      As part of the campaign, the public is invited to attend free, two-hour seminars in Missoula, Stevensville and Hamilton. Experts in wise and safe investing will help consumers learn how to better prepare for their financial futures, while avoiding some of the most common investment scams.
      “Our fight against fraud never stops,” said State Auditor John Morrison. “Each year, con artists plot new ways to cheat people out of their hard-earned savings, often just by repackaging the same old tried-and-true scams. We know that the best kind of law enforcement is to prevent the crime in the first place. And that’s what the Campaign For Wise and Safe Investing is all about – giving Montanans the tools that they need to protect themselves from fraud.”
      
      People will learn about the top ten questions to ask before putting money down on any investment. People will also learn how to pinpoint the tricks and tactics used by crooks and scam artists. Specific topics for discussion include:
      

  • Investment Scams
  • Pyramid Schemes
  • Ponzi Schemes
  • Gifting Schemes
  • Affinity Fraud
  • Unregistered Securities
  • Mining/Precious Metals
  • Promissory Notes
  • Theft in Brokerage Accounts
      
      Each attendee will receive a free Invest Smart kit. Free meals are also provided.
      
      Space is limited and registration is required, so reserve your seat today. Register online at www.investsmartmt.org or call 1-877-926-8300.
      
      Seminar Cities and Dates:
      
      July 9 – Missoula
      10 am – 11:30 am
      Missoula Senior Center
      705 S. Higgins
      Missoula, MT
      Lunch Following Presentation
      
      July 9 – Missoula
      6 pm – 8 pm
      St. Patrick’s Hospital
      Broadway Building – Room 2
      500 West Broadway
      Missoula, MT
      
      July 10 – Stevensville
      11:30 am – 1:30 pm
      Stevensville Senior Center
      100 Mission Street
      Stevensville, MT
      
      July 10 – Hamilton
      5:30 – 7:30 pm
      Golden Age Club
      727 S. 5th Street
      Hamilton, MT
      
      July 11 – Hamilton
      11:30 am – 1:30 pm
      Hamilton Senior Center
      820 N. 4th Street
      Hamilton, MT