Be ScamSmart, how to protect yourself and avoid investment scams.

The FCA have released the new 'ScamSmart' campaign to advise potential investors how to recognise and avoid investment fraud.

We, and other companies, are aware that some shareholders have received unsolicited phone calls or correspondence concerning investment matters which imply a connection to the company concerned.

If it sounds too good to be probably is!

Have you been

  • contacted out of the blue
  • promised tempting returns and told the investment is safe
  • called repeatedly, or
  • told the offer is only available for a limited time?

If so, you might have been contacted by fraudsters.

How to avoid share fraud Report a scam

Reject cold calls

If you've received unsolicited contact about an investment opportunity, chances are it's a high risk investment or a scam. You should treat the call with extreme caution. The safest thing to do is to hang up.

If you suspect that you have been approached by fraudsters please tell the FCA using the reporting form at You can also call the FCA Consumer Helpline on 0800 111 6768.

If you have lost money to investment fraud, you should report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or online at

Find out more at

Check the FCA warning list

The FCA Warning List is a list of forms and individuals we know are operating without our authorisation.

Get impartial advice

Think about getting impartial financial advice before you hand over any money. Seek advice from someone unconnected to the firm that has approached you.