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The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) of Canada has published the attached "Warning Notice" (Issue No. 74), which includes the name Borealis International. This warning notice states that Borealis International is not an authorized federally regulated financial institution (Canadian). According to the notice, Borealis International is soliciting deposits and claims that it is "guaranteed by a Canadian Trust, to grow 10% –18% Per Year." Material previously posted to its Web site claimed that such deposits were:
The Borealis Web site also indicated that deposit taking was offered through "Atlantic Trust Company." Other names associated with Borealis International are "The Laiki Group" and "The Synergy Group." Borealis International (or persons purported to represent the entity) is not insured by the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation. Any proposed transactions involving this entity should be viewed with extreme caution.
The following information is provided in Warning Notice No. 74:
Each "Warning Notice," beginning with Issue No. 1 through OSFI's latest "Warning Notice," may be found at: http://www.osfi-bsif.gc.ca/osfi/index_e.aspx?ArticleID=166 .
To report any scam based in or mailed from Canada, please contact Phonebusters, which is a joint partnership between the Ontario Provincial Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Phonebusters is interested in receiving copies of scam letters, particularly those involving Canadian mailing addresses or telephone numbers. Records relating to the payment of advance fees should also be forwarded to Phonebusters. This information is used to assist in the strategic targeting of would-be fraudsters. Scam letters should be forwarded to the Phonebusters National
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Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents, and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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