It is possible that shareholders of the Polar Capital Global Financials Trust plc may receive unsolicited phone calls or correspondence concerning investment matters. 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 US or UK investments or offering to act on the shareholder’s behalf on the payment of a retainer or similar in a spurious corporate event . These operations are commonly known as ‘boiler rooms’. These 'brokers' can be very persistent and extremely persuasive.
It is not just the novice investor that has been duped in this way; many of the victims had been successfully investing for several years. Shareholders are advised to be very wary of any unsolicited advice, offers to buy shares at a discount or offers of free company reports.
The Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") estimates that share fraud costs around £200m a year through high-pressure techniques that persuade investors to enter transactions involving shares.
If you have been contacted by an unauthorised firm regarding your shares the FCA would like to hear from you. You can report an unauthorised firm using the FCA helpline on 0800 111 6768 or by visiting their website, which also has other useful information, at www.fca.org.uk.
If you receive any unsolicited investment advice:
- Make sure you get the correct name of the person and organisation
- If the calls persist, hang up
If you deal with an unauthorised firm, you will not be eligible to receive payment under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.
Details of any share dealing facilities that the company endorses will be included in company mailings.
More detailed information on this or similar activity can be found on the FCA website.