In the past, some of our shareholders have received unsolicited telephone calls or correspondence concerning investment matters from organisations or persons claiming or implying that they have some connection with the Company. 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 UK or overseas investments.
Shareholders are advised to be very wary of any unsolicited advice, offers to buy shares at a discount or offers of free reports into the Company. These approaches are operated out of what is more commonly known as a “boiler room”. You may also be approached by brokers offering to purchase your shares for an upfront payment in the form of a broker fee, tax payment or de-restriction fee. This is a common secondary scam operated by the boiler rooms.
If you receive any unsolicited investment advice:
- Always ensure the firm is on the Financial Services Authority (“FSA”) Register and is allowed to give financial advice before handing over your money. You can check at www.fsa.gov.uk/Pages/register/index.shtml
- Do double-check the caller is from the firm they say they are – ask for their name and telephone number and say you will call them back. Check their identity by calling the firm using the contact number listed on the FSA Register
- Check the FSA’s list of known unauthorised overseas firms at www.fsa.gov.uk/pages/doing/regulated/law/alerts/overseas.shtml. However, these firms change names regularly, so even if a firm is not listed, it does not mean they are legitimate. Always check that they are listed on the FSA Register
- If you have any doubts, call the FSA Consumer Helpline on 0845 606 1234 with details, or complete the Unauthorised Firms Reporting Form at www.fsa.gov.uk/pages/doing/regulated/law/alerts/form.shtml.
If you deal with an unauthorised firm, you will not be eligible to receive payment under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.
More detailed information on this or similar activity can be found on the FSA website at www.fsa.gov.uk/Pages/consumerinformation/scamsandswindles/index.shtml. You should also report any approach to Operation Archway, an initiative by the City of London Police in conjunction with the FSA, the Serious Fraud Office, the Serious Organised Crime Agency and police forces across the UK, by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org