British Columbia Securities Commission

British Columbia Securities Commission

September 27, 2010 10:00 ET

Investor Alert: BCSC and MSC Warn About Another Possible York-Rio 'Re-Victimization' Scheme

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 27, 2010) - The British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) and the Manitoba Securities Commission (MSC) are warning investors who may have lost money by investing in York-Rio Resources Inc. that they could be targets of a 'recovery room' or 're-up' investment scheme.

The BCSC and MSC have learned that an organization identifying itself as Featherstone and Bellman Equity Exchange Group (a.k.a. FAB Equity Exchange Group), purportedly based in Mexico, is contacting York-Rio investors. There are approximately 160 B.C. and more than 50 Manitoba residents that own York-Rio securities who may be contacted.

On Sept. 15, 2010, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) issued a warning about the FAB Equity Exchange Group. 

According to the OSC warning, FAB Equity Exchange Group representatives are contacting investors who hold York-Rio securities and are offering to sell the securities at a substantial premium. The York-Rio investors are required to send an advance fee payment to FAB Equity Exchange Group representatives before their securities can be sold. 

Securities commissions in Manitoba, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario have issued orders to cease trade York-Rio Resources Inc.

On Sept. 24, 2009, the BCSC and the MSC issued an investor alert about a company called Penn Capital Management Ltd. That company also contacted York-Rio investors with an offer to repurchase shares in what appeared to be a 'recovery room' or 're-up' scheme. 

In a 'recovery room' or 're-up' scheme, victims of investment schemes are offered inflated prices for their shares. Once the investor agrees to sell their shares, a contract is drawn up and the investor is instructed to wire a sum of money to an offshore bank account to cover business costs. The perpetrators withdraw the money that is sent to the offshore account and the victim loses money a second time.

If someone contacts you about selling your York-Rio shares, you should immediately notify your local securities regulator and ask to speak to an investigator. Other companies may be making the same offer.

FAB Equity Exchange Group is now on the BCSC's Investment Caution List, which is available at www.bcsc.bc.ca.

The B.C. Securities Commission is the independent provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities within the province. Learn how to avoid investment fraud at the BCSC's investor education website: www.investright.org.

The Manitoba Securities Commission is a special operating agency of the Government of Manitoba that protects investors through educational programming and promotes fair and efficient capital markets throughout the province.

Contact Information

  • Investor Inquiries
    BCSC Inquiries
    604-899-6854 or 1-800-373-6393
    or
    Investor Inquiries
    MSC Inquiries
    204-945-2548 or 1-800-655-5244
    or
    Media Inquiries
    British Columbia Securities Commission
    Ken Gracey
    604-899-6577 or 1-800-373-6393
    www.bcsc.bc.ca
    or
    Media Inquiries
    Manitoba Securities Commission
    Ainsley Cunningham
    204-945-4733 or 1-800-655-5244