June 13, 2013, Chicago - Secretary of State Jesse White announced the kick-off of a new public awareness campaign that will raise awareness that residents should investigate before they invest.
The new campaign, written and produced by Karl Productions, includes television and radio ads airing statewide that will encourage the research of not only the investment itself but on the investment brokers, advisers and the investment company. Investors can find information on how to avoid potential con artists and scams by visiting the Secretary of State’s website at www.AvoidTheScam.net or calling 800-628-7937.
Two public service announcements will be presented that are based on actual cases from the Secretary of State’s files in which innocent people were defrauded out of their hard earned money. In addition to the commercials, two long form videos were created to inform the public about investment fraud. The videos, both can be viewed on the Avoid The Scam website, will provide information on how to be aware of potential scams. The Secretary of State’s Securities Department will also host statewide events and seminars.