January 2019: It has been recently brought to our attention that members of the public have been approached by scammers offering to buy their shares in Alliance Trust PLC. We recommend that if you receive an unsolicited call from an investment firm that you do not know you should ask for confirmation that it is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). For further details of how you can make sure you are dealing with an authorised firm please refer to the FCA website.
If you receive any similar unsolicited calls, please treat with extreme caution. The safest thing to do is hang up.
You can also:
The FCA Warning List is a list of individuals who are known to be operating without FCA authorisation that can be found on the FCA website at: www.fca.org.uk/consumers/unauthorised-firms-individuals
Think about getting impartial advice before engaging in any financial transactions. Seek advice from someone unconnected to the firm that has approached you.
If you suspect that you have been approached by fraudsters please tell the FCA using the reporting form at www.fca.org.uk/consumers/report-scam-unauthorised-firm. You can also call the FCA Consumer Helpline on 0800 111 6768.
If you have lost money to investment fraud, you should report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or online at www.actionfraud.police.uk
The FCA Scam Smart website www.fca.org.uk/scamsmart also provides information about investment scams.