Established brands are often targeted by fraudsters to add the appearance of legitimacy to their crimes. This can take many forms but often fraudsters will impersonate representatives of the company.
They will frequently use falsified or copied material (documentation, email addresses, websites etc.) that uses the branding and intellectual property of the company as a tool for such impersonation.
There has been an increase in unscrupulous individuals seeking to take advantage of the present situation during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We strongly advise you to exercise extreme caution in responding to unsolicited investment proposals or requests for your personal information.
Investment Fund Services Limited (IFSL) is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. You can check if a financial services firm is authorised by the FCA, by checking on https://register.fca.org.uk. To verify the identity of an authorised firm, ask for its FRN and contact details, but always call them back on the switchboard number given on the FCA Register.
If you deal with an unauthorised firm then you will have no protection from the Financial Ombudsman Service or Financial Services Compensation Scheme if something goes wrong.
If you are in any doubt of the legitimacy of any communication with someone purporting to be from IFSL you should call us immediately on 0808 178 9321 or email us at email@example.com
Remember, if an investment sounds too good to be true it probably is! For more information on investment fraud visit the FCA’s ScamSmart website.
The City of London Police working alongside the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau also have a website dedicated to fraud prevention, which has daily updates on new frauds, as well as advice on what to do if you have been a victim of fraud – https://www.actionfraud.police.uk