The Bank wishes to alert Customers and members of the public to the threat of share sale fraud – more commonly known as Boiler Room scams.
Share sale, boiler room, hedge fund or bond fraud involves bogus brokers, usually based overseas, cold calling people to pressure them into buying shares that promise high returns or whose share price is about to ‘go through the roof’. In reality, the shares are either worthless or non-existent.
Boiler room fraudsters are highly trained and use ‘hard sell’ techniques to pressurize investors into making rushed decisions to buy shares which are of little or no value.
If you deal with a share sale fraudster or Boiler Room you’ll almost certainly lose the money you’ve invested and you won’t have any right to claim compensation under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, as the Boiler Room firm is NOT AUTHORISED as an investment firm by the Financial Conduct Authority.
Most Boiler Room scams start with an UNSOLICITED phone call, in which a professional sounding ‘stockbroker’ offers you a fantastic investment opportunity.
These salespeople are persistent and are trained in dealing with any objections or questions, they specialize in using high pressure ‘hard sell’ tactics in order to persuade victims to agree to buy shares, they will often claim that by agreeing to buy the shares you have ‘entered into a contract’ to do so.
They will urge you to be discreet and not to tell anyone else about the deal, this enables them to continue cold calling hundreds of other potential victims while the scam is running.
In order to appear legitimate, firms will often have websites which look professional, they may provide official-looking documentation and share certificates, all these are ultimately worthless.
As most Boiler Rooms are based overseas you will be asked to send your “investment” by International Payment, you will probably never get any money back.
Remember: if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!
Advice for Customers:
If you receive an UNSOLICITED call from a person who offers you an opportunity to invest in shares HANG UP.
Genuine UK investment firms are authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority. If you wish to check whether a firm is authorised you may do so on their website:
If in doubt, refer your query to a Qualified Financial Advisor who is known to you – explaining why you are concerned.
If you think you may have been duped by a boiler room scam you should report it to the Financial Conduct Authority and to the Police.
People who have lost money on Boiler Room scams may subsequently find themselves being targeted in a ‘recovery room’ fraud, where the victim receives a call from a firm who will claim that they can help to recover the lost investment monies.
This however, is simply another part of the boiler room scam and the ‘recovery’ firm will request upfront payment of substantial fees before they handle your case, again this is just another way of scamming more money from victims.