G4S - Protect Yourself From Fraud

As is the case with many organisations, there may be instances where fraudsters actively attempt to use the G4S brand in order to obtain money by deceit.

G4S Staff

These fraudsters will use a multitude of channels, such as email, letters and sometimes telephone calls. 

They often claim to provide investment opportunities, offer free reports, request personal details, or even suggest that there have been changes in the terms of your investment so money is owed. 

These hoaxers will often pretend to be employees or representatives of G4S in order to present a more credible case to their targets. Therefore, it is hugely important to ensure that you protect yourself from becoming victim. 

How to protect yourself

If you receive an email, letter or phone call asking you for money or personal details, please take extra steps to ensure that the request is legitimate.
The following checklist may help:

Always get the name of the person and organisation contacting you
Check the Financial Services Register at http://www.fsa.gov.uk/register/home to ensure they are authorised. You can then use the details on the register to contact the firm.
If there are no contact details on the FS Register or if you are told that the current details are out of date you can contact the FCA Consumer Helpline on + 44 (0) 800 111 6768 or carry out a search on the FCA’s list of unauthorised firms and individuals to avoid doing business with at http://www.fca.org.uk/consumers/protect-yourself/unauthorised-firms

Remember - if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Please note that if you deal with an unauthorised firm, you would not be eligible to receive payment under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.
The FCA also maintains a list of unauthorised overseas firms which are targeting, or have targeted, UK investors on it's website. Any approach from such organisations should be reported to the FCA so that this list can be kept up-to-date and any other appropriate action can be considered.

You can report an unauthorised firm by contacting the FCA’s consumer helpline on 0800 111 6768 or by emailing consumer.queries@fca.org.
Further information on how to report an unauthorised firm can also be found on the FCA’s website at http://www.fca.org.uk/consumers/protect-yourself/report-an-unauthorised-firm
It would be helpful if you could also inform Link Asset Services (formerly Capita Asset Services), our Registrars on +44 (0)871 664 0300 or via email at enquiries@linkgroup.co.uk