SCAMS AND SWINDLES
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 www.fca.org.uk. 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 www.actionfraud.police.uk
- Find out more at www.fca.org.uk/scamsmart
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.