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Pump & Dump Alert: NSRS, APII, FROG

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Amwest Imaging, Inc. (OTCBB: AMWI.PK) had a huge run from the end of November to early December.  Many investors in this penny stock started having candy cane dreams of what they would do with their profits.

If you were one of those who read the posting on November 25th then you may have had the chance to sell out during the run towards $1.38.  If you chased the stock when the hype began in December, then you are most likely sitting on stock still or wondering what that candy cane dream would have been had AMWI not bottomed out like a pickup truck full of pigs on a muddy backwoods trail.

This brings us to a few of the “bogus” promotions that are going on in penny stocks.

North Springs Resources (NSRS) 

Wickenburg, Arizona… once known as the “Dude Ranch Capital Of The World” is back in the news.  It seems modern day prospectors are following in the footsteps of Henry Wickenburg, the famous prospector who struck gold in the town that’s now named after him.

Back in 1862, the gold rush along the Colorado River was in full swing… and Henry Wickenburg hit pay dirt at what’s now known as the Vulture Mine.  In fact, the Vulture Mine has produced over $30 million in gold over its lifetime.

Fast forward to present day and it seems North Springs Resources believes there’s still more gold to be found nearby…

On December 29th, NSRS entered into a joint venture agreement with DNP Mining to conduct mineral exploration on what’s known as the Goldstar property.  Goldstar is in the same town as Vulture Mine… Wickenburg, AZ. Through their agreement, NSRS will acquire a 20% working interest by paying an aggregate of $500,000 in the funding of phase 1.

That’s where the problem comes in…

As of their latest report, North Springs Resources has $16 in cash.  That’s right… $16.

But never fear, the company did find a way to further finance the deal. Right after NSRS cancelled 80 million outstanding shares of common stock (on Dec 28, 2011), the company issued a 10% convertible promissory note to Kazuo Holdings, Inc… giving NSRS access to $1 million! That’s great, except they’ll need to pay 10% interest a year on it… and if they default, Kazuo will be able to convert their debt into shares of common stock.

That seems like a good reason for NSRS to cancel 80 million shares of common stock.

You see, if they fail to strike gold or generate revenue in the next year… they’ll owe Kazuo $100,000 (they took all $1 million of the note by the way).  So unless they keep $100,000 aside to pay the interest on the note, Kazuo can convert the debt to shares. Now let’s do a little math…

The company has to pay $500,000 to meet their obligation in the joint venture. $100,000 was paid at the end of last year.  And $400,000 is due today… January 6th.  So that leaves the company with $500,000.

Well, they’re going to have to pay $100,000 to Kazuo by the end of 2012 to avoid default.  So that would leave $400,000.  But NSRS still has $108,770 in liabilities (other notes, accounts payable, etc).  If we pull that number out, we’re down to around $300,000.

Now quarterly expenses, as of the latest filing, look to be around $50,000.  However, if they’re running a stage one exploration, that expense will probably rise.  Even if it remains at $50,000, that adds up to $200,000 for the year.

Assuming no increases in expenses at all…it sure looks like cash levels at NSRS will be down to $100,000 by the end of the 2012. Here’s the problem… If NSRS actually finds gold, they’ll need to come up with $3 million to proceed to phase 2 (as per the agreement).  And where do you think they’ll get that cash?

Most likely, NSRS will do one of two things.  They’ll either issue more shares of common stock, or float yet another convertible note.

The bottom line…NSRS share are headed for a fall!

If it’s not enough that NSRS is a long way from producing revenue from mining operations, let alone earnings… I have one last reason why you should be leery of investing in this company.

Nahulate S.A. paid Free Penny Alerts $600,000 to hype NSRS shares for just one month.

If Nahulate S.A. felt that strongly about the company, why didn’t they just invest in operations directly?  Think about it… $600,000 would have covered the cost of North Springs Resources’ commitment for stage one development. My guess is they really don’t care about the success of a company with $16 in cash.  Instead, they’re really interested in their own gold mine… bilking unsuspecting investors.  By pumping up shares of NSRS, they can then sell them off at a huge profit.

Remember, with 694 million shares outstanding, the market cap for NSRS is over $240 million.  And $240 million is far more than NSRS could hope to see in earnings, even if they struck gold tomorrow. Companies like Nahulate S.A. know it.  That’s why they’re running scams to pump shares of companies like NSRS.

This is truly a case of Caveat Emptor… buyer beware!

Action Products International (APII) 

Sometimes the pumpers are their own worst enemy.  In this case, they led me straight to the financials of Action Products Intl.  Let me explain…after being paid $12,000 by C. Security, LLC to hype shares of APII, Level Stock bragged about how their initial buy alert on December 23, 2011 gave followers a 120% gain.  Shares went from $0.06 to trade at $0.13.

Of course, the pumper failed to tell you about the company’s performance…

In 2011, APII generated zero revenue!

Yes, that’s a big fat goose egg. What’s more, the company lost money to the tune of $348,000 last year. This certainly isn’t the kind of performance I like to see from my investments.

What’s more, the company had to hand over one million shares to the Fuzhou Transbrilliant Co of China to eliminate their debt.  It’s pretty common for companies to convert debt into shares, but what I read next had me scratching my head…

APII issued 250,000 shares of restricted common stock to corporate officers.  For what, may I ask?  The company generated no revenue and lost money… What exactly are they being rewarded for?  That sounds kind of sketchy to me… but hey, who am I to judge.  I’m not a shareholder.

Let me give you one more good reason to avoid Action Products shares…APII hasn’t filed anything with the SEC since they pulled their registration back in November of 2010.  My simplistic thought process says with all the great companies not being hyped up by promoters and which actually do file with the SEC…

There’s no reason to give these shares a second look.

FrogAds (FROG) 

I don’t even know where to start with this company… so let me begin with the pumper, Stock Hideout.  Their parent company, Blue Wave LLC, was paid $50,000 to hype up shares of FROG.  And Stock Hideout pulled out all the stops.

They drew an almost comical comparison between FrogAds and the leading classified ad site on the web, Craigslist. Both sites look alike, but that’s where the similarities end.  Craigslist is the number one site and an innovator… and FrogAds is nothing but a weak imitation at best.

And I love how the pumper uses Craigslist numbers and stats to make you believe they are for FrogAds.  The pumper says… “That’s a business that racked up roughly 29 million visitors a day and $115 million a year of Craigslist.” 

Yeah buddy, what does that have to do with FROG again?  Oh, it’s the company you want to be like… got it. Before I carry on with the ridiculous comparisons FROG’s promotion companies make… let’s look at the numbers.

Back when they first started, the company sold some one time banner ads… and in the process $248,000 in revenue.  And they’ve earned around $35,000 in the process.

The problem is, since March 2011, they’ve booked zero revenue.  In fact, their latest SEC filing shows for the six months ending September 30th last year, FROG not only had no revenue… but they lost $137,815!

Here’s the entertaining part…The pumper sent out an email with a link sending us over to a PRNewswire article in which the CEO and majority shareholder Julian Spitari says…

“We believe that it is a tremendous feat that we have succeeded in building a profitable business that offers more and more of the industry’s most demanding online advertising tactics without any cost to our online audience…”

Ok wait… hold the phone.  Do you mean to tell me the CEO is so delusional he actually believes his company is profitable?

Even with $0 in revenue since March 2011?

Even with a $137,815 loss?

Wow!

Now what you’re about to read hasn’t been written by me… not one word.  It comes from the “investors” link found directly on FrogAds’ website.  It’s so comical and so entertaining you won’t believe they actually have the audacity to post this as information for “investors” on their site.  Here you go…

[CEO] Julian [Spitari] flat out predicts that FrogAds will, as he put it. . .”obliterate Google. . .eBay. . .Yahoo. . .Facebook. . .Craigslist. . . Twitter. . .Groupon. . .and the rest of the Internet want-to-bes!”

Clearly, FROG has a sales letter pumping their stock on their very own website.  Shame on them! Not only is it ridiculous for someone to call Google, Facebook, Ebay, Craigslist, and Twitter “internet want-to-bes”… it insults the reader’s intelligence.

Just in case you have any doubts this is a sales letter, check out the disclaimer found at the very bottom in tiny print…

“S & I Consulting and Lake make no recommendation that the purchase of securities of the company or companies profiled in this Update are suitable or advisable for any person or that an investment in such securities will be profitable.”

Now that’s some “research” you can trust!

A final word (and warning). 

So that takes care of a few of this week’s inglorious “pump and dumps”. Remember, there’s a lot more of this going on each week than we highlight here.

As you know, penny stocks are a great place to invest your money.  AimHighProfits.com alerted on the delisting of AMR, parent Corp. of American Airlines Tuesday……AAMRQ.PK…..AMR popped 52% the last 2 days and swing trading has been epic in this high volume stock.

You just have to do your due diligence to stay away from all the scams out there these days!

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