Share Fraud Warning

If you are approached and offered unsolicited investment advice, discounted shares and free company reports, you should:

  • Take the name of the person and the firm contacting you.
  • Check the Financial Services Register at to ensure they are an authorised organisation.
  • Use the details on the Financial Services Register to contact the firm.

To help avoid scams you should:

  • Reject unexpected offers: scammers usually cold call, but contact can also come by email, post, word of mouth or at a seminar. If you’ve been offered an investment out of the blue, chances are it’s a high risk investment or a scam.
  • Check the FCA Warning List: use the FCA Warning List to check the risks of a potential investment – you can also search to see if the firm is known to be operating without FCA authorisation.
  • Get impartial advice: get impartial advice before investing – don’t use an adviser from the firm that contacted you.

Report a Scam:

If you are approached regarding a scam, share you should report it to the FCA using the reporting form at or by calling the FCA consumer helpline on 0800 111 6768.

If you have already paid money to share fraudsters you should contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040

You should also contact and inform our registrars (Link Group) on 0371 664 0300. From overseas - +44 371 664 0300. (Calls are charged at the standard geographic rate and will vary by provider. Calls outside the United Kingdom will be charged at the applicable international rate. Lines are open between 09:00 - 17:30, Monday to Friday excluding public holidays in England and Wales.)

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