Securities commission issues warning about cryptocurrency trading platform in Canada

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CoinRise markets as one of Canada’s fastest growing cryptocurrency trading platform.

The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is warning Nova Scotians looking to invest with cryptocurrency about claims made by CoinRise.

The commission stated is not registered “to engage in the business of trading in securities or derivatives in Nova Scotia.”

It is illegal to solicit investments in the province without first registering with the commission.

CoinRise markets on their website that their platform is “Canada’s fastest growing crypto trading platform” and says it offers “wealth management and investment banking services.”

The commission said they are aware of at least one person from Nova Scotia who has invested with CoinRise. The investor’s account on the platform showed profitable gains on their principal investment, however, when the investor tried to withdraw their funds, they were able to withdraw only a small amount. Subsequent withdrawal requests were ignored.  

In December, Saskatchewan’s consumer affairs authority issued a warning about CoinRise, which claimed at the time to be based in Regina.

After this article was published issuing an alert about CoinRise, their website changed its location from Regina to Founders Square at 1701 Hollis St. in Halifax. Founders Square does not list CoinRise as a tenant on its website. 

No one from CoinRise initially responded to CBC’s emails and live chat requests.

Two of the email addresses bounced back and couldn’t be delivered. The phone number for CoinRise spokesperson Don Lehman, which had a Kitchener, Ont., area code, was disconnected. This is all very concerning and reflects the creditability of the company.

Stephanie Atkinson, director of enforcement for the Nova Scotia Securities Commission, said “the internet can be a dangerous place to shop for investments but can also be a valuable tool for avoiding financial loss. A simple online search can reveal alerts and warnings, complaints, reviews and other useful information to help investors make informed investment decisions.”

Nova Scotians can search for a person or company’s registration on the Nova Scotia Securities Commission website. 

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