Warning to shareholders

In recent years, many companies have become aware that their shareholders have received unsolicited phone calls or correspondence concerning investment matters. These are typically from overseas based ‘brokers’ who target UK shareholders, offering to sell them what often turn out to be worthless or high risk shares in US or UK investments. These operations are commonly known as ‘boiler rooms’. These ‘brokers’ can be very persistent and extremely persuasive, and a 2006 survey by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) has reported that the average amount lost by investors is around £20,000.

It is not just the novice investor that has been duped in this way; many of the victims had been successfully investing for several years. Shareholders are advised to be very wary of any unsolicited advice, offers to buy shares at a discount or offers of free company reports.

For advice on how to handle a suspicious approach, please download the following leaflet from the Financial Conduct Authority:

Helpful Information

Action Fraud

Helpline: 0300 123 2040
actionfraud.org.uk

Financial Conduct Authority

Helpline: 0800 111 6768
fca.org.uk/scams