If you’re rung up out of the blue about an investment opportunity, the best thing you can do is hang up.
That’s the advice of the Financial Conduct Authority, which says that over 65s with savings in excess of £10,000 are three and a half times as likely to fall victim to investment fraud.
Fraudsters will often be articulate and appear financially knowledgeable. They have credible websites, testimonials and materials that can be hard to distinguish from the real thing.
People offering high risk investments or scams will often cold call and try to keep you on the phone a long time.
They may try to hide the fact they’re cold calling by referring to a brochure or an email they have sent you.
They may also:
Remember, investment fraud is often sophisticated and very difficult to spot.
You can report the firm or scam by contacting the FCA Consumer Helpline on 0800 111 6768 or using its reporting form.
Find out more at the ScamSmart website.