Unsolicited contact regarding investments
Over recent years many companies have become aware that their shareholders have received unsolicited phone calls or correspondence concerning investment matters. These are typically from overseas based ‘brokers’ who target UK shareholders offering to sell them what often turn out to be worthless or high risk shares in US or UK investments. They can be very persistent and extremely persuasive.
More recently the Company has become aware that individuals have been offered shares in Rockhopper Exploration plc (‘Rockhopper’) at a discounted price or have been offered a price significantly above the prevailing share price for their Rockhopper shares. In the cases which have been brought to our attention, the individuals have not received a share certificate or any sales proceeds.
Shareholders and investors are advised to be very wary of any unsolicited advice, offers to buy shares at a discount or offers of free company reports. If you deal with an unauthorised firm, you would not be eligible to receive payment under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.
If you receive any unsolicited investment advice:
- Make sure you get the correct name of the person and organisation.
- Check that they are properly authorised by the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) before getting involved. You can check at www.fca.org.uk/register
The FCA also maintains on its website a list of unauthorised overseas firms who are targeting, or have targeted, UK investors. More detailed information on this or similar activity can be found on the FCA website http://www.fca.org.uk/consumers
If shareholders wish to report such incidents please contact the FCA consumer helpline as follows:
Within the UK: 0800 111 6768
From abroad: 0044 20 7066 1000
By email: email@example.com
Scam compulsory purchase notices
The Company has been made aware that certain shareholders and potential investors may have received falsified compulsory acquisition purchase notices in relation to the shares of Rockhopper Exploration Plc.
The Company confirms that no such compulsory acquisition orders have been issued and shareholders/investors should take no action. Please also see the notice to shareholders attached above. You should contact the Company Secretary on 01722 417930 if you receive any such approaches.