Lionheart Securities Corporation High Yield Investment Scam
A colleague of mine has been approached by a very successful investor who claims that he has been investing in High-Yield programs, which apparently invest in Bank Guarantees issued by the top 25 world banks. By memory he set out the initial investment pre-requisite as follows:
|Buyer submits a Letter of Intent|
|Buyer submits a clear copy of an enlarged passport with the attached Client Information Sheet. Buyers signs FPA|
buyers choice he/she shall provide one of the following:
a. Proof of Funds with two bank officers signatures or,
b. Capability and Comfort Letter signed by two bank officers or,
c. Written Bank Confirmation that buyer has established a credit line signed by two bank officers
|Bank to bank authorization of the above mentioned documents|
|Investor will be presented with a contract from the trading bank, and will then decide whether to enter in or not.|
Contract will outline the terms and conditions and returns of
In this particular investment my colleague has been informed that his money ($10,000,000 US) will always stay locked in a term deposit in Australia with the National Bank of Australia (NAB), and UNDER NO circumstances will the money move from the account, be leveraged against, or will at any stage have any legal charge over the funds by a third party, and the only signatory on
the term deposit will be my colleague. The returns are 25% to 100% per week.
What I can't work out is where is the scam? the money never leaves the control of the investor nor the control of the NAB. Could you please advise me on this and tell me if this sounds like one of the scams you refer to in your site.
The following companies were specifically mentioned as examples of the facilitators of these programs:
1. Sherwood Management Inc. operating in Malaysia and offices in Canada.
2. IBG Group, based in Argentina and offices around the world.
3. Lionheart Securities Group who also have a web site that I have found "www.lhscorp.com" given that they are one and the same organization.
Well, whether it's the same or not, the domain leads us into interesting territories.
Whois info for, lhscorp.com:
LionHeart Securities Corp
934 SW 18 Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
Domain name: LHSCORP.COM
Tarley, Anthony TTarley@msn.com
934 SW 18 Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
Admin, Domain firstname.lastname@example.org
St-Bruno, QC J3V 5S1
Registration Service Provider:
Registrar of Record: TUCOWS, INC.
Record last updated on 20-Mar-2002.
Record expires on 18-Jan-2004.
Record Created on 18-Jan-2002.
Domain servers in listed order:
Address link to Windsor Equities Capital Management
P O Box 306
US Representative Office
PO Box 350506
934 SW 18 Street
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33315
Tel: 954-728-9591 Fax: 954-728-8641
Web Site: http://www.wecmonline.com
Swiss Representative Office
c/o Mr. Robin Crawshaw, 10 Rue du Lac, Geneva, Switzerland.
Panama Representative Office
c/o Mr. Antonio Bechily Carreno, Edificio Vallarino, Oficina 202, Calles 52 y Elvira Mendez, Apartado 6-4197, El Dorado, Panama
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