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Our Annual Report 2014:
Carillion is aware that shareholders have received unsolicited
telephone calls from fraudulent organisations offering to buy
Carillion plc shares at a substantial premium to the prevailing
These calls are usually from overseas organisations targeting UK shareholders. These operations are commonly known as 'boiler room scams' and the 'brokers' who call shareholders can be extremely persuasive and persistent.
Boiler room scams usually come out of the blue, with most fraudsters cold-calling investors after taking their details from publicly available shareholder lists, but the high-pressure sales tactics can also come by other means such as email or post.
The scam is designed to sound attractive, but typically at some point in the process the perpetrator usually asks for money in advance of concluding the main transaction, for example by way of a pre-payment or vendor bond. The transaction is never concluded, and the shareholder loses the money.
If you receive an unsolicited investment approach you should:
Please be aware that fraudsters will often use the name of a legitimate organisation or organisations, sometimes in combination with others so that the organisation may sound familiar to you. They may have also created a scam website, so simply checking that an organisation appears to have a presence on the web is not a guarantee that you are dealing with a legitimate organisation.
If you deal with an unauthorised firm, you will not be eligible to receive payment under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.