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The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) of Canada has published a "Warning Notice" (Issue No. 85) containing the name Garrison Bank Limited. This Warning Notice can be found at http://www.osfi-bsif.gc.ca/osfi/index_e.aspx?ArticleID=166.
Garrison Bank Limited is a bank incorporated under the International Banking Act No. 4 of 2002, Vanuatu. Information received by OSFI indicates that Garrison Bank appears to be operating in Canada. Subsection 510(1)(a) of the Bank Act (Canada) provides that, except as permitted by Part XII of the Act, a foreign bank shall not engage in or carry on any business that a bank is permitted to engage in or carry on under the Act, or any other business, without authorization. Garrison Bank Limited is not registered with OSFI and has not received such authorization.
Garrison appears to be soliciting business by advertising in Military Officer, a U.S.-based magazine, and by distributing a newsletter entitled Moneymaker News with the bank's name and address below. The bank advertises a time deposit rate schedule, which indicates interest rates ranging from 6.25 percent to 13.00 percent. Accordingly, Garrison Bank Limited appears to be in contravention of the Bank Act.
The following information about Garrison Bank Limited is provided in Warning Notice No. 85:
Garrison Bank Limited
Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:
Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institution Canada (OSFI)
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