Starting sometime in October (volume started on October 2nd), TechStockInsider.com started promoting Lexington Biosciences (LXGTF) at the landing page: http://techstockinsider.com/the-wearable-tech-thats-disrupting-an-industry-worth-billions/
TechStockInsider is owned by Midam Ventures LLC which is also behind the promotion of Liberty One Lithium (LRTTF).
Disclosed budget: $100,000
Promoter: TechStockInsider.com / Midam Ventures LLC / Midam Investor Relations
Paying party: Ellis Stewart, LLC
Shares outstanding: 30,745,901
Previous closing price: $0.42
Market capitalization: $12.9 million
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You may encounter difficulties determining what, if any, portions of the Information is material or non-material making it all the more imperative that you conduct your own independent investigation of the Profiled Issuer and its securities with the assistance of your legal, tax and financial advisor.
When the Campaign ends, the securities of a Profiled Issuer will decline dramatically.
If the Information states that a Profiled Issuer’s securities are consistent with the future economic trends or even if your independent research indicates as such, you should be aware that economic trends have their own limitations, including: (a) that economic trends or predictions may be speculative ; (b) consumers, producers, investors, borrowers, lenders and government may react in unforeseen ways and be affected by behavioral biases that we are unable to predict; (c) human and social factors may outweigh future economic trends that we state may or will occur; (d) clear cut economic predictions have their limitations in that they do not account for the fundamental uncertainty in economic life, as well as ordinary life; (e) economic trends may be disrupted by sudden jumps, disruptions or other factors that are not accounted for in such economic trends analysis; in other words, past or present data predicting future economic trends may become irrelevant in light of fully new circumstances and situations in which uncertainty becomes reality rather than of predictive economic quality; or (f) if the trends involve a single result, it ignores other scenarios that may be crucial to make a decision in the event of unknown contingencies.
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The Information is presented only as a brief snapshot of the Profiled Issuer and should only be used, at most, and if at all, as a starting point for you to conduct a thorough investigation of the Profiled Issuer and its securities and to consult your financial, legal or other advisor(s) and avail yourself of the filings and information that may be accessed at www.sec.gov, www.otcmarkets.com or other electronic medium, including: (a) reviewing SEC periodic reports (Forms 10-Q and 10-K), reports of material events (Form 8-K), insider reports (Forms 3, 4, 5 and Schedule 13D); (b) reviewing Information and Disclosure Statements and unaudited financial reports filed with the Pink Sheets or otcmarkets.com; (c) obtaining and reviewing publicly available information contained in commonly known search engines such as Google; and (d) consulting investment guides at www.sec.gov and www.finra.org. You should always be cognizant the Profiled Issuers may not be current in their reporting obligations with the SEC and the OTC Markets and/or have negative signs at otcmarkets.com (See section below titled Risks Related to the Profiled Issuers, which provides additional information pertaining thereto).
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Risks Related to the Profiled Issuers
We do not provide you with all of the risks related to the Profiled Issuers and to understand such risks you must conduct your own due diligence with the assistance of your legal, tax and investment advisor.
Any investment in a Profiled Issuer’s securities is high risk. If you invest in the securities of a Profiled Issuer you could lose your entire investment.
The continued operations and future prospects of a Profiled Issuer may be dependent upon receiving adequate financing which they may be unable to obtain.
If a Profiled Issuer is an SEC reporting company, it could be delinquent (not current) in its periodic reporting obligations (i.e., in its quarterly and annual reports) or OTC Market’s Pink Sheet quoted company may be delinquent in its Pink Sheet reporting obligations as reported by the OTC Markets News Service’s or OTC Markets posting a negative sign pertaining to the Profiled Issuer at www.pinksheets.com, as follows: (i) Limited Information for companies with financial reporting problems, economic distress, or that are unwilling to file required reports with the Pink Sheets; (ii) Pink Sheets – No Information, which indicates companies that are unable or unwilling to provide disclosure to the public markets, to the SEC or the Pink Sheets; and (iii) Caveat Emptor, signifying Buyer Beware that there is a public interest concern associated with a company’s illegal spam campaign, questionable stock promotion, known investigation of a company’s fraudulent activity or its insiders, regulatory suspensions or disruptive corporate actions.
Often the Profiled Issuers are development stage companies with little or no operations, and their securities should be considered extremely speculative for investment purposes.
The Profiled Issuers are negatively affected by the current economic downturn and may have a lack of adequate financing to meet their operating expenses, operational goals and expansion plans.
The Profiled Issuers may have inadequate financing to pursue their operational plans and support their ongoing operations.
Risks Related to buying the securities of the Profiled Issuers
The Information may recommend that investors purchase a Profiled Issuer’s shares while we sell securities of the same Profiled Issuer which will likely cause investors to suffer losses.
We may receive free trading shares as compensation or we may acquire such shares in open market transactions before and during the Campaigns, and we may sell the shares we acquire at any time, even during the Campaigns while publishing the Favorable Information. When we sell the shares of the Profiled Issuers that we hold, the price at which investors can sell their shares will dramatically decrease and will likely cause investors to suffer trading losses.
We may sell securities of the Profiled Issuers for less than target prices set forth in the Information, and we may profit by selling our securities during the Campaigns while investors encounter losses.
The Information may instruct investors to buy a Profiled Issuer’s securities so that the person who hires and compensates us can sell their own shares which may cause you to suffer a loss of part or all of your investment.
When we acquire, purchase or sell the securities of the Profiled Issuers, it may (a) cause significant volatility in the Profiled Issuer’s securities; (b) cause temporary but unrealistic increases in volume and price of the Profiled Issuer’s securities; (c) if selling, cause the Profiled Issuer’s stock price to decline dramatically; and (d) permit us to make substantial profits while investors who purchase during the Campaign experience significant losses.
The securities of the Profiled Issuers are high risk, unstable, unpredictable and illiquid which may make it difficult for investors to sell their securities of the Profiled Issuers.
If we are compensated in improperly free trading securities of the Profiled Issuers, either directly or indirectly from persons who claim to be non-affiliates of such Profiled Issuer, we and the Profiled Issuer or third party could be subject to SEC Enforcement action, including allegations of an illegal distribution in violation of Section 5(a) and 5(c) of the Securities Act.
Are risks in this disclaimer the only risks investors should be aware of?
No. There are numerous risks associated with each Profiled Issuer and investors should undertake a full review of each Profiled Issuer with the assistance of their financial, legal, and tax adviser prior to purchasing the securities of any Profiled Issuer.
What we were paid.
TechStockInsider.com is owned by Midam Ventures, LLC has been compensated $100,000.00 by Ellis Stewart, LLC for a period beginning October 1, 2017 and ending November. 1, 2017 & Midam Ventures, LLC has been compensated an additional $150,000.00 by Ellis Stewart, LLC for a period beginning November 1, 2017 and ending December. 1, 2017 to publicly disseminate information about (LXGTF). We may buy or sell additional shares of (LXGTF) in the open market at any time, including before, during or after the Website and Information, provide public dissemination of favorable Information. We own zero shares.
MIDAM VENTURES, LLC owner and operator of TechStockInsider.com was paid an advertising fee of $225,000 cash & ZERO Restricted Common shares by Life Clips, Inc. (LCLP) for visual sponsorship of TechStockInsider.com and for visual placement Life Clips, Inc. (LCLP) within written materials. FOR A DURATION OF 120 DAYS Beginning 5/4/2016. & ending 8/1/2016
MIDAM VENTURES, LLC owner and operator of TechStockInsider.com was paid an advertising fee of 0 (zero) cash & 500,000 Restricted Common shares by Life Clips, Inc. (LCLP) for visual sponsorship of TechStockInsider.com and for visual placement Life Clips, Inc. (LCLP) within written materials. FOR A DURATION OF 90 DAYS Beginning 8/9/2016. & ending 11/9/2016
MIDAM VENTURES, LLC owner and operator of TechStockInsider.com was paid an advertising fee of $75,000 cash & ZERO Restricted Common shares by iDdriven Inc. (IDDR) for visual sponsorship of TechStockInsider.com and for visual placement iDdriven Inc. (IDDR) within written materials. FOR A DURATION OF 60 DAYS Beginning 6/8/2016. & ending 8/8/2016
PDF copy of landing page
OTCMarkets must have become aware of the stock promotion and asked the company about it because on November 1, 2017 the company put out the following press release (emphasis mine):
Nov 01, 2017
OTC Disclosure & News Service
Lexington Biosciences Comments on Recent Trading Activity
VANCOUVER, BC–(Marketwired – Nov 1, 2017) – Lexington Biosciences, Inc. (CSE: LNB) (CSE: LNB.CN) (CNSX: LNB) (OTCQB: LXGTF) (the “Company” or “Lexington”) is issuing this press release at the request of the OTC Markets Group Inc.
On October 17, 2017, the Company’s management became aware of certain promotional materials that were published by Techstock Insider that were purportedly paid for by Ellis Stewart LLC. The Company wishes to advise investors that they should only rely on information provided to the market by the Company and does not support or endorse the information in the materials published on this website. For information about the Company investors should go to the Company’s website at www.lexingtonbiosciences.com or review the Company’s public disclosure record available at www.sedar.com. Lexington did not pay for or review the materials published by Techstock Insider and does not have any relationship with Ellis Stewart LLC. The Company notes that the materials are inaccurate in a number of places including describing the Company’s principal product, HeartSentry, as “biometric” and “wearable.” HeartSentry is best described as a “cardiovascular diagnostic medical device.”
The Company has engaged the following groups to provide investor relation and marketing services: Renmark Financial Communications Inc., Hybrid Financial Ltd and Audience Marketing (the “Third Party Service Providers”).
The Company further notes that none of the Company’s management, directors or Third Party Service Providers has sold any shares of the Company in the last 90 days.
At the request of OTC Markets Group the Company confirms that in the last 12 months it has issued the following securities at the following prices: (a) 6,250,000 units (consisting of a share plus one half warrant) at $0.20 per unit; and (b) 2,530,000 units (consisting of a share plus a whole warrant) at $0.25 per unit.