Private Placement Offerings – Top 10 Investor Traps of 2009

by Natalie MacLellan on September 2, 2009

in Fraud Prevention

Private placements offer businesses the opportunity to raise funds by selling shares to a relatively small number of investors as opposed to a public offering made through national securities markets.

Securities regulators have observed a steady and significant rise in the number of private placement offerings that are later discovered to be problematic, especially those made under National Instrument 45-106. Companies using this exemption can raise an unlimited amount of money without registering the offering with the Nova Scotia Securities Commission as long as they meet certain standards.

Although properly used by many legitimate issuers, the exemption has become an attractive option for con artists, as well as individuals barred from the securities industry and others bent on stealing millions of dollars from investors through false and misleading representations.

Remember to always do your own research before parting with your hard earned money. If you are unsure or feel unqualified to decide whether an investment is legitimate or not, ask for a second opinion. Have a financial adviser, accountant or lawyer take a look at the company’s paperwork.

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