Inside the mind of a scammer

Thousands of people have lost their life savings after falling for a scam – don’t be the next victim:

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is urging over-55s to check that investment opportunities are genuine before they part with their money. This comes as new research, commissioned as part of the FCA’s ScamSmart campaign, reveals that only two in five (42%) think they know how to spot a fraudulent investment opportunity. Fraudsters are targeting the growing over-55 population because they are more likely to have money to invest.

Could you identify whether an investment offer is legitimate?

The FCA is urging consumers to be sceptical and cautious before they invest their money. If someone
invests their money with an unauthorised firm, they will have no protection from the Financial Ombudsman Service or Financial Services Compensation Scheme if things go wrong.

Read this factsheet to review what steps to consider before going ahead with any financial or investment decisions.

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Gale and Phillipson Investment Services Ltd, Gale and Phillipson Advisory Services Ltd, Gale and Phillipson General Financial Services Ltd are all authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Reference Numbers 431387, 142752, 195080) and trade under the name Gale and Phillipson. Gale and Phillipson (SE London) Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Reference Number 195522) and trades as Indigo Financial Advisors. Registered in England and Wales numbers 05409822, 02232959, 03751076 and 04077157. Registered office: Gallowfields House, Fairfield Way, Richmond, DL10 4TB.

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