Warning to shareholders

From time to time, companies, their subsidiary companies, and shareholders can be the subject of investment scams. The perpetrators obtain lists of shareholders or subsidiaries and make unsolicited phone calls or correspondence concerning investment matters. They may offer to sell worthless or high-risk shares and may offer to buy your current shareholdings at an unrealistic price. They will often also inform you of untrue scenarios to make you think that you need to sell your shares or to justify an offer that seems too good to be true. These operations are commonly known as ‘boiler rooms’.

Shareholders are advised to be very wary of any offers of unsolicited advice, discounted shares, premium prices for shares they own or unsolicited investment opportunities. If you receive any such unsolicited calls, correspondence or investment advice:

  • ensure you get the correct name of the person and firm;
  • check that the firm is on the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Register to ensure they are authorised at;
  • use the details on the FCA Register to contact the firm;
  • call the FCA Consumer Helpline (0800 111 6768) if there are no contact details in the Register or you are told they are out of date; and
  • if you feel uncomfortable with the call or the calls persist, simply hang up.

Advice on how to avoid share fraud and how to report a scam can be found on the FCA website.


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