We are being attacked from every direction by fraudsters, including, investment scams. Below are details of how to protect yourself from investment fraud.
Stopping Investment Fraud
First of all, according to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) of which Anstee & Co are registered, victims of investment fraud lost on average £26,000 last year (2020). One of the most common methods used by fraudsters is to pressurise potential investors to make a quick investment decision. A so-called “time-limited” investment offer. The research from the FCA showed that just over half (53%) of the over 55s believed acting quickly can be the key to getting a good deal. This highlights how many could be vulnerable to this trick.
Around a third (34%) said it is best not to discuss investment decisions with others and fewer than half (48%) said they would be likely to seek impartial advice before investing. These attitudes are seized on by fraudsters, who often urge their target to keep the offer a secret, to prevent others from dissuading them from investing.
45% of those aged over fifty-five surveyed agreed that investment opportunities are more attractive if you know of others who have made similar investments. Fraudsters may exploit this by saying that others want in on the deal or have already benefited.
What to look out for with Investment Fraud.
- Offering lucrative returns above the market rate and downplaying the risks of the investment
- Using flattery to make potential victims feel good, such as praising them for being such a knowledgeable investor.
- Saying the deal is only available to the target and asking them to keep it a secret.
- Saying that other clients have invested or want in on the deal (known as “social proof”).
- Putting you under pressure to invest in a time-limited offer.
Usually, if you find yourself messaging someone on a social media website about investments, then you are being groomed as the fraudster’s next victim.
Lines of defence specifically for an investment client.
- Reject unsolicited contact about investments
- Before investing, check the Financial Services Register to see if the firm or individual you are dealing with is authorised and check the FCA Warning List of firms to avoid.
- Get independent financial advice before investing.
Andy Pardoe, Compliance Officer at Anstee & Co said-
“It pays to be sceptical and cautious before investing money. Certainly, the fraudsters are employing more advanced psychological tactics to persuade victims to invest. Take independent financial advice from a financial adviser who is registered with the FCA. If in any doubt don’t invest.”
How Anstee & Co can help you stay financially safe.
We are Independent Financial Advisers (IFA’s) registered with the FCA. This means, above all, that the advice we offer is unbiased. All our financial advisers have the relevant professional qualifications needed to help you. If you would like a review of your investment why not arrange a meeting today. Also, the first “getting to know you” meeting is at our cost and is without obligation.
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