OUR INVESTMENT SCAM TEAM

Helping victims of share and bond scams get their money back

WHAT IS A SHARE OR INVESTMENT BOND SCAM?

Share deals will likely be tremendously overpriced, if they exist at all. You may also be asked to pay money upfront as a form of security for a deal in addition to any purchased shares. Share and bond scams can also be carried out by clone (copy cat) firms. Companies can issue mini-bonds via crowdfunding platforms or market directly to individuals which may result in a cold call to raise capital for their business. The risks are high whether a scam or not and there is a lack of investor protection in the event of insolvency or the failure of a specific scheme.

What is the reality?

Share deals will likely be tremendously overpriced, if they exist at all. You may also be asked to pay money upfront as a form of security for a deal in addition to any purchased shares. Share and bond scams can also be carried out by clone (copy cat) firms. Companies can issue mini-bonds via crowdfunding platforms or market directly to individuals which may result in a cold call to raise capital for their business. The risks are high whether a scam or not and there is a lack of investor protection in the event of insolvency or the failure of a specific scheme.

What tactics do investment scammers use?

You might be contacted out of the blue, maybe from a high-pressure call centre or ‘boiler room’. The caller will sound professional and may provide details of a prestigious London based address. You’ll be offered the chance to buy shares or bonds in such a way that practically guarantees a huge return for no risk.

If you think you have been victim to a bond, mini bond or share scam and have lost £25,000 or more we could help you. Complete our eligibility review below to find out.

CASE STUDY: INVESTMENT BOND SCAM

We recently helped an investor get their money back in full from a two-year fixed bond after a year. He had been promised a 'guaranteed' interest rate in excess of 8% over the two years. However, interest payments stopped early on and the investor was repeatedly told this was due to cashflow problems. Eventually, any part of the investment was refused to be returned.

About us: Introducing Samantha Street, Head of the Investment Scam Team

Our asset recovery experts are listed in Who’s Who Legal 2018. We are a standout firm in asset recovery, with our UK team recognised as thought leaders in their market.

“As part of the UK firm’s Vision 2020 and sustainability strategy, our purpose is to help shape a vibrant economy, based on trust and integrity in the markets. Fraud undermines that. I want to engage with victims of investment scams directly to help recover their losses either before or during an insolvency process as well as share insight around scam awareness and prevention.”

  • Samantha Street
  • Samantha Street

"I am so pleased to have contacted Samantha Street after having read an article on their website concerning a financial problem I got myself involved with and thought I would never see my monies again. I am so pleased to mention that Grant Thornton were successful in the return of my monies in full when a petition was mentioned to start winding up proceedings against the company.


Extremely professional service 10/10."

Client, 24 October 2017

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Sold wine at an inflated price or wine that does not exist?

This case saw a dividend payment to victims as well as ending the director’s lavish lifestyle. He was banned from company boardrooms until 2030, bankrupted and investigated by the police. These actions saw the sale of his multimillion pound home, loss of his high performance cars, his investments in racehorses and his travel on private jets.

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PENSION SCAM

Have you been approached to transfer your pension?

These scams started with cold calls and fake websites which then persuaded members of the public to transfer their existing pension pots into alternative schemes. However, these schemes were scams and the funds were actually siphoned off into the accounts of other connected companies.  Grant Thornton UK LLP partners have been appointed as liquidators of the companies behind the scam pensions to unravel these transactions and seek recoveries for victims.

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