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& disclaimer

Please note that the information and comment available at SQC Research is for your general information and use and is not intended to address your particular investment or trading requirements.


It is emphasised that the information does not constitute any form of advice or recommendation by, nor does it constitute in any way an offer or solicitation for any investment and is not intended to be relied upon by users in making any investment decisions.


Always seek independent investment and/or financial advice before investing.


The information, news and comment within the site’s content has been prepared only from sources that are believed to be reliable.


Any opinions, estimates or forecasts or forward-looking statements, are however entirely those of the Author and can be changed without notice and the website holds no obligation to notify the reader of any such changes.


The Author of this website may or may not have positions in any of the stocks that are discussed.

Share Fraud Warning

Share fraud includes scams where investors are called out of the blue and offered shares that often turn out to be worthless or non- existent, or an inflated price for shares they own. These calls come from fraudsters operating in ‘boiler rooms’ that are mostly based abroad.


While high profits are promised, those who buy or sell shares in this way usually lose their money.


The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has found most share fraud victims are experienced investors who lose an average of £20,000, with around £200m lost in the UK each year.


Protect yourself 

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 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the FCA Consumer Helpline on 0800 111 6768 if there are no contact details on the Register or you are told they are out of date.


Check out the FCA list of unauthorised firms and individuals to avoid doing business with.


REMEMBER: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!


If you use an unauthorised firm to buy or sell shares or other investments, you will not have access to the Financial Ombudsman Service or Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) if things go wrong.


Report a scam

If you are approached about a share scam you should tell the FCA using the share fraud reporting form at where you can find out about the latest investment scams.


You can also call the Consumer Helpline on 0800 111 6768.


If you have already paid money to share fraudsters you should contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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