Computershare employs a wide range of security measures to ensure that your transactions and information are protected. However, fraudsters continually change their tactics to trick unwary investors.

Don't be a victim of fraud; find out if you are at risk, what precautions to take and how to tell if you have been scammed.

Remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Am I at Risk?

On average, victims:

  • Are male
  • Aged 55+
  • Already own investments
  • Consider themselves financially savvy
Investment scammers will use flattery, emotional manipulation and time pressure to take your hard-earned money, so it is always important to be aware.

What precautions can I take before making an investment?

  • The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is urging over 55s to take their time to check that investment ‘opportunities’ are legitimate before they hand over their money.
  • No investment decision should be rushed. Be sceptical. Be suspicious. Ask questions and get answers you can verify.
Before making an investment, remember to undertake the following actions:
  • Reject unsolicited contact about investments.
  • Before investing, check the FCA Register to see if the firm or individual you are dealing with is authorised and check the FCA Warning List of firms to avoid.
  • Get impartial advice before investing.

How can I tell if I have been scammed?

Scammers may do one or more of the following:

  • Pressure you to invest in a time-limited offer
  • Offer a bonus or discount if you invest before a set date
  • Say the opportunity is only available for a short time
  • Suggest you’ll own assets you could sell yourself if the investment doesn’t work as expected
  • Use legal jargon to suggest the investment is safe
  • Offer much better interest rates than those offered elsewhere
  • Call repeatedly and stay on the phone for a long time
  • Fraudsters will often encourage their targets to keep the investment a secret to avoid friends and family dissuading them from investing.

What should I do if I think I have been scammed?

  • If you suspect that you have been approached by fraudsters please tell the FCA using the reporting form at You can also call the FCA Consumer Helpline on 0800 111 6768
  • If you have lost money to investment fraud, you should report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or online at
  • Find out more at

ScamSmart Flyer

We have worked with the FCA to develop a shareholder flyer to advise on how to avoid falling victim to these scams.

The flyer provides you with contact details if you believe you have been targeted and a link to the FCA's 'scamSmart' website where you can report a scam or obtain more information.