The Financial Services Authority (FSA) is contacting more than 76,000 people to warn them that their name and contact details appear on a list being used by fraudsters.
As part of an ongoing investigation they found several lists with names, addresses and contact details of people they believe may be targeted by fraudsters offering unauthorised investment services in the UK. The offer may be to buy or sell shares, or purchase a plot of land, but it is a scam and investors are likely to lose their money.
By sending letters and emails to 76,732 people over the next six weeks – in a campaign known as ‘Operation Bexley’ – they hope to warn people of the risks of investing before they are ripped off.
Further information about ‘Operation Bexley’ and investment scams can be found on the Financial Services Authority website. If you want to discuss an investment scam, you can call the Operation Bexley Helpline on 0845 155 6355.
Driver Training Courses – 30 April 2012Norfolk Trading Standards are warning people to take care when signing up to driver training courses. A Norfolk resident paid £2995 for a driver training course and guaranteed work when the course has been completed. However, the training course has not been provided.
When booking any courses always:
- Make sure you check the course is suitable.
- Ask to see sample course materials, request references from satisfied trainees, and if a qualification is the selling point, check the course is accredited with the relevant body.
- Find out as much as you can about the course provider and make sure you have basic information like their address and landline phone number – check these are genuine before you go any further.
- Check up on their promises and take your time before you sign up for a course. Read any contract carefully and insist on time to think about it before signing anything or handing over money.
- Check written details of the cost of the course and your cancellation rights.