Share fraud includes scams where investors are called out of the blue and offered
an inflated price for shares they own or shares that often turn out to be worthless
or non-existent. Shareholders are advised to be very wary of any unsolicited investment
advice, offers to buy shares or offers of free company reports. In some cases, the caller
will suggest that there is currently a takeover offer for Marston's.
Callers can be very persistent and extremely persuasive. Marston’s is aware that they attempt
to persuade shareholders to provide email addresses or other personal information. Shareholders
should not provide any such details.
If you are offered unsolicited investment advice, discounted shares, a premium price for shares
you own, or free company or research reports, you should take these steps before
handing over any money:
- Get the name of the person and organisation contacting you.
- Check the Financial Services Register at www.fca.org.uk/register to ensure they are authorised.
- Use the details on the FCA Register to contact the firm.
- Call the FCA Consumer Helpline on 0800 111 6768 if there are no contact details on the Register or you are told they are out of date.
- Search the FCA list of unauthorised firms and individuals to avoid doing business with.