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The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) of Canada has published the attached "Warning Notice" (Issue No. 65), which contains the names of two entities recently brought to OSFI's attention.
The warning notice states that the two entities – Wachovia Direct Lending, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Equitable Finance & Securities, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (http://www.equitablesecurities.org) – are not authorized federally regulated financial institutions (Canadian) and may be involved in various advance fee or "Nigerian letter" scams (see also OSFI's Warning Notice No. 23, dated February 2002). These entities, or persons purported to represent them, are reportedly operating in Canada and may be violating provisions of the Bank Act (Canada) or other Canadian financial institution regulations. These entities may also be conducting unauthorized banking transactions in the United States. Any proposed transactions involving these entities should be viewed with extreme caution.
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.
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Attachment: Can be found at http://www.osfi-bsif.gc.ca/app/DocRepository/1/eng/consumer/notices/Warning_Notice_65_e.pdf 110k (PDF Help)
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