Helping victims of wine scams get their money back


Wine investment scams are increasing. In these scams investors are persuaded to invest at inflated prices or, in some cases, in wine that does not exist. Grant Thornton partners have worked as liquidators in a number of cases of wine investment fraud where they have been able to trace and recover missing funds.

What tactics
do scammers use? 

You could be cold called by salespeople offering opportunities to invest in rare or fine wines or even to sell high value wine you already have. Calls from these 'boiler rooms' can be high pressured, promising high or guaranteed returns. If you think you have been victim to a wine scam and have lost £25,000 or more we could help you. Complete our eligibility review below to find out.


After carrying out a detailed forensic analysis of the bank account of a wine company, we found a number of large and unusual transactions that benefited the director and his family. Solicitors were instructed to pursue the repayment of these funds and claims were brought against the individuals involved.

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

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“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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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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Promised high return on investments that never materialise?

In this case, interest payments stopped early on and when the investor asked for his money the director repeatedly said that there were ‘cashflow’ problems. He then refused to return any part of the investment. 

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