Watch out for Scams

Watch out for Scams

January 26, 2021 | 3months | NEWS AND INTEREST

We have recently been made aware of a scam within our industry whereby fraudsters purporting to be from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), or law enforcement, are targeting clients of investment management firms, ‘advising’ them that a specific Investment Manager or the firm is under investigation. We would like to bring this to your attention as even though this has not happened with our firm, it has affected others. As part of this scam, the fraudster specifically asks the client not to speak to their Investment Manager or friends and family as this would be considered “tipping off”. The client is then advised to encash their portfolio and to move the cash to the client’s bank account. Once this is done, the fraudster then “recommends” an investment which is a scam.

I would like to use this opportunity to remind you to be extra vigilant if you receive any unexpected communications from third parties relating to your relationship with any investment house. If you do receive suspicious instructions, please pick up the phone to your usual contact to check its legitimacy.

What to look out for?


  • Scams often start by the fraudster hacking into an email account and tracking email exchanges. Please keep your email security measures up to date.
  • Scams often use fake email addresses and websites. Look out for words mis-spelt, or email addresses and names you are unfamiliar with.
  • The email will often ask you to do things, in secret and/or quickly.
  • If in doubt, check the FCA warning list – this will help you check an investment or pension opportunity and avoid scams.
  • You can also find more advice on www.fca.org.uk/scamsmart.

If you think you've been a victim of fraud, please report it to the police as soon as possible. The sooner you report the fraud, the greater your chance of containing any damage.

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