Unsolicited contact regarding investments, February 2019
Rockhopper has recently become aware of approaches to private shareholders from firms purporting to offer to acquire Rockhopper shares at a price significantly above the prevailing share price. Rockhopper has also been made aware of cases where individuals have been offered shares in Rockhopper at a discounted price. In the cases which have been brought to our attention, the individuals have not received a share certificate or any sales proceeds.
Rockhopper understands the initial approach may be followed by a request to provide personal information, such as bank account details and passport numbers, or a request for the payment of fees. We understand that the individuals may be using the names of reputable financial corporations to appear credible. Rockhopper urges anyone who has received such an approach not to divulge any personal details and always to seek advice in respect of dealing in the shares of listed companies from their financial adviser or other qualified professional.
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 you should make sure you get the correct name of the person and organisation. You should 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. If you suspect a scam, you can report it to the FCA via its website https://www.fca.org.uk/consumers/report-scam-unauthorised-firm or contact the FCA consumer helpline:
Within the UK: 0800 111 6768
From abroad: 0044 20 7066 1000
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org