While there are many advantages to us living in a technological age, it has unfortunately contributed towards investment fraud becoming more common. Investment frauds can take various forms with the most frequent including Ponzi schemes, boiler room fraud and carbon credit offset schemes. More recently, pension schemes have become more prominent as it has become increasingly accessible for people to find out how old you are and if you are nearing the retirement age. Regardless of the type of fraud, each one promises an offer that will not be delivered and is therefore illegal.
If you have become a victim of pension/investment fraud, our Civil Litigation team are available to assist you and will listen to the circumstances surrounding your case before explaining what action must be taken next. Given the ruthlessness of these types of fraud, it is essential that you act at the earliest opportunity in order to increase the chances of retrieving any lost money and prosecuting those who have targeted you. We will be happy to guide you throughout the legal proceedings and will represent you in court if the need arises.
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Pension/investment fraud and the law
Fraudulent companies have made more of a conscious effort to target members of society who do not boast a high income and have their finances tied up in their pension. In an attempt to appeal to these people, the fraudsters usually offer what is known as ‘pension liberation’ whereby they falsely promise their potential victim that they will be able to access their pension before the age off 55. Alternatively, they could offer you an investment – most commonly property – which is certain to create a huge profit and will most likely use aggressive sales techniques to influence your final decision.
In order to avoid becoming a victim of pension/investment fraud, it is worth taking the following points into account if approached:
Be wary of newly formed companies – It stands to reason that most fraudsters would have only recently set up their company and therefore have no track record. If this is the case, it will be worth looking on the Companies House website as all businesses must submit their information to them in order to be recognised as a legal organisation.
Do NOT deal with anyone who contacts you via cold call, spam email or text message – This is a common technique for any fraudster, so it is essential to be aware of these forms of contact. Once you respond to any of these you will most likely be subjected to aggressive sales techniques, so it is therefore important to ignore them at their first interaction.
If something sounds too good to be true, chances are it will be – Quite often the fraudsters will promise high returns on your investment, which would work out more than an average salary or pension scheme. These figures are usually given because they are either made up or the likelihood of earning this money is very unlikely.
Although these precautions can be taken to protect yourselves from any fraudsters, you could potentially find yourself in a position where you have been bullied into imparting with money. If this is the case, it is in your best interests to attain professional legal support which our acclaimed Civil Litigation department can provide. They will be able to advise on what actions should be taken next and will prosecute the people who have defrauded you if necessary.
What are the consequences of pension/investment fraud?
If you have become the latest victim of pension/investment fraud, it can potentially have serious long term effects on you and those around you if you choose not to take any action. The obvious consequence would be that you lose a large sum of money which could even lead to you making drastic life changes in order to cover the costs. Additionally, depending on the circumstances surrounding the proposed pension/investment scheme, you yourself may be breaking the law and in extreme cases could be sentenced to a prison sentence.
At Cartwright King, we are here to help you avoid getting into these situations. Our solicitors will take your case on from the outset by providing a free initial consultation and will take proceedings further if you wish.
How can we help you?
If you have become a victim of pension/investment fraud, our experienced Civil Litigation Solicitors are available to provide expert legal advice from the beginning of your case and guide you through the legal proceedings where necessary. We promise to:
- Advise you throughout the entire process
- Treat your case in a non-judgemental, sensitive manner
- Deal confidentially with any concerns you may have
- Prepare and collate any and all documentary evidence that may be required
- Prosecute the alleged offender and represent you in court as necessary
- Build a strong case for compensation where necessary
- Take the worry off your hands
- Prepare an appeal if necessary
Our team are highly ranked in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners guides. We have extensive experience in successfully supporting those who have been a victim of pension/investment fraud, taking pride in our professional and efficient approach for the duration of the respective case.
Why Choose Us?
At Cartwright King, our solicitors understand the potential stress and long term damage that becoming a victim of fraud can have on you and your family. We are available to support you throughout the entire process, answer any queries which you may have and build the strongest possible case for you to be reimbursed of any monies lost and/or damages inflicted.
How to make contact
If you require legal advice or if you would like a no obligation, free initial telephone discussion, then please call us on 0808 168 5550. Alternatively you can email the firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Our Solicitors can provide advice and are happy to meet at a time and location that suits you. We also have a network of offices in Birmingham, Bedford, Bolton, Derby, Leeds, Leicester, London Temple, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Northampton, Nottingham, Sheffield and Worcester.