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Nov 07, 2019
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Cable and Wireless<>Liberty sale
by: Richard

I have just had a call using what purported to be a USA telephone number wishing to discuss my wife's holding of share. These were sold in 2016, I checked the paperwork. I did not record the callers alleged trading name, they were polite but I felt overly keen to pursue the matter when told my wife of nearly 45 years was 'unavailable'.

Oct 24, 2019
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NXT plc/Hiwave Technologies Greiner-Higgins
by: Anonymous

Very similar experience to others. Contacted by ‘Linda Adams’ from ‘Greiner-Higgins Associates llc.’ In New York. Wanted to purchase shares (NXT/Hiwave) for client acquisition needing over 50% of shares. Only ever bought a few shares in a couple of companies years ago so had forgotten all about them. Found their website, called the number on it to speak to ‘Linda Adams’ in New York - seemed genuine. I was totally taken in to begin with, sent back completed non-disclosure agreement and a ‘David Bale’, Senior Partner, was due to phone, when I discovered the info about boiler room scams on FCA website and then this website with experiences so similar to mine. Thank you to all those who have shared their experiences. Anyway have reported scam to FCA and action fraud. And hope this may help others like all of you have helped me.

Oct 22, 2019
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Tucker and Ross Advisors
by: Terri

Received a call from the above company stating they had a client who wanted to buy my shares in Metalrax, who dissolved in Oct 2018. Be very careful, they appear to be yet another scam !

Oct 17, 2019
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m&a scam
by: simon - england

About 1 month ago I received a call from Mary Brella Walton. Some shares that I had bought a few years ago, had become worthless. However I found that they had quite a large % stake in another company.
My shares were of a company called CYC, and another company was interested in acquiring them and a very nice price was being offered, and so I have started to buy them - I've putdown a vendor bond of £4k. - My return would be £40kish. I have also been offered 35,000 warrants; no I haven't!
I have never acted so stupidly and I feel incredibly embarassed, but I think that it is important that it be known, so that others don't do the same as me. They are very good at what they do, so be careful!
That company was Tucker and Ross
Greenpoint Intnl Transfers
Buckminster Securities

Oct 17, 2019
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Don't let them bully you
by: Anonymous

They will no doubt threaten you with legal action etc but don't take any notice, this is a scam and they will not expose themselves to legal scrutiny.
Good luck, so pleased you found this site before you parted with any money.

Oct 16, 2019
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Silver grove llc adela johnson
by: Anonymous

My dad was approached by this company over the phone. Everything looked legit and he signed a contract saying he will pay into the escrow account of a transfer agent for insurance bonds!
Only now we found this website after searching around and will ignore their future calls. However, we are worried that we signed a contract...
I will contact FCA. hopefully if we ignore the company that contract won’t mean anything as we have not paid anything yet!

Oct 15, 2019
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Shares scam
by: Anonymous

Today received a phone call from a Tom Mayer from Tucker & Ross of New York requesting to buy my shares in Capital Management and was going to offer me between £7 and £13 for shares that are practically worthless, sent me an email with a non disclosure form to sign.
The other name on this communication was a Ms Mary Bralla Walton, after investigating this name brought me to this site telling me it is a scam , just shows you that you simply don’t get unbelievable offers for nothing, if it feels like a scam generally it is a scam.

Oct 09, 2019
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Scam- share offer
by: Chris

I received call from woman called Adela Johnson from Silvergrove consultancy in New York asking for me to sign and return a NDA. She offered large sums for my shares in a company that she said her company of lawyers were acting for clients to undertake the acquisition. My shares are almost worthless so it didn't add up. After reading these posts, she rung again and when I challenged her on this being a scam she hung up. STAY CLEAR!

Oct 09, 2019
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Tucker and Ross Advisors LLC, Tata Steel
by: Anonymous

Contacted by a Gregory Miller from regarding my shares with TATA steel. even though i had thought the shares were sold years ago gave some plausible reason why I had still got some even though i had not got paperwork. His client was attempting a hostile takeover of TATA steel and need to get 51% of shares. Client was prepared to pay about £7.10 per share which are currently trading at £3 to £4 per share in on the Indian market.Gave my email address and received an Non disclosure agreement which I signed and sent back.

However highly suspicious and annoyed with myself for responding with signature I started to look deeper. Web address on the paperwork linked to a perfectly plausible web site, however putting same address into a search engine revealed no such site existed. Further research into company domain name revealed that the domain was only set up less that two weeks ago. Company based in New York but could not find any such company at that address But did find a hole host of non existant companies associated with the sky scraper building at that. name of person who signed the NDA for "Tucker and Ross" is Ms Mary Bralla Walton.
Having found this site via a colleague i am now convinced this is a Scam. Others PLEASE BE AWARE. I have not and Will not part with money when the inevitable request arrives.

Thank you for this site it helped me immensely, I hope my Comments are also a help to others not to get sucked in.


Oct 08, 2019
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silvergrove consulting scam
by: Anonymous

2 calls now and one email from 2 american callers Silvergrove consultancy are at it again, offering fantastic money for shares that I don't have, asking me to sign NDA on hostile takeovers. These shares miraculously were increased 72 fold so that I would need pay 15% for an insurance transaction ......
I checked with the company and I don't have shares any more in this company.

Oct 06, 2019
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C.O.E.
by: Seventy Someting

When you think about it logically Malcolm why would a company want to contact me by phone when they could send a letter explaining what had happened to the company. Also I must be one of tens of thousands of COE share holders,so why me? They must rely on catching you unawares. But NOT this one!!

Oct 06, 2019
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Seventy Something - Be Careful!
by: Malcolm

Hi Seventy Something. Please be very careful and read through some of the other posts on here. They will likely offer you a very tempting price for your, probably worthless, shares. Then they'll ask you to make an up-front deposit into an escrow account to guarantee the transaction. That's the last you'll ever hear of them.

Oct 04, 2019
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C.O.E./Timeload
by: Seventy something

Had a call from a well spoken American last night about my c.o.e. shares. Had to think om my feet as these were suspended in 2006 and were actually passed onto me by my late husband. I said I no longer have them as I sold them, not true, as I later remembered. Was this a scam? It's been pestering me since as I got rid of a lot of paper work, but still have the share cert no. for some of them. When I googled COE I found a company called thruvision who are supposed to be the caretakers, but when I rang they knew nothing.

Oct 02, 2019
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C & W /Silvergrove
by: Anonymous

Also had a call and email on 27 Sept 2019 and a follow-up phone call on 2 Oct about C&W shares, from Margarita Hahn of Silvergrove Consultancy LLC,New York. Fab prices, but I don't have any. Shame about that. I wont be signing the NDA.

Sep 28, 2019
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C&W/Liberty Global/Silvergrove
by: Anonymous

Had call yesterday purporting to be from one Margarita Hahn / Acquisition Department of Silvergrove Consultancy LLC, address 120 Broadway St., New York, NY 10271 telling me that I had some C&W shares (I don't); was sent a NDA to sign (not going to happen)...

Sep 20, 2019
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RCH Liberty Global
by: Anonymous

Very similar to other posts here, contacted re Liberty Global /Cable and Wireless shares . All very current re takeover/share buy back issues currently going on. Company has SEC number NYC address NYC phone numbers

Please sign NDA so we can proceed, which we did but while indicative price reasonable, a little high but reasonable , the suggestion that our small number of shares had through splits incentives had multiplied to a much larger and unrealistic number moved it into the too good too be true category made me suspicious as did mention of a transfer agent who held documents and monies from both parties . However this is first site that specifically identifies the parties involved and has clearly validated my suspicions and therefore most helpful as this is very professionally constructed and far far too plausible until they get to the share multiplication.

Sep 13, 2019
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Brown and Bullock
by: Anonymous

I was approached by a person from Brown and Bullock in June offering me a price for JP Morgan Chinese INV trust which was unbelievable subject to signing a non disclosure agreement and paying a bond of £ 4500.
When I tried to get some answers from the company which were unanswered and I decided the whole thing was suspicious. Although the company did look real obviously it has been set up as a Scam vehicle.
It’s good to see the FCA have now warned about this organisation.

Sep 12, 2019
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Bristol Mayers
by: Anonymous

Not to be confused with the legitimate Bristol Myers!! Same experiences as previously listed here, but sceptical from outset so done our own research - even though we'd signed the Non disclosure! Aren't we naughty!!! Some guy called Richard Hahn - not to be confused again with a real Richard Han from Bristol Myers - clever!! Checked web address, only been running 2 months or so and not secure. Strung him along a bit and when asked for copy of passport, Sent a copy of Mickey Mouse's and a REALLY polite message😅
Beware!!!

Sep 12, 2019
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Mitchell and Butler
by: Anonymous

I was contacted my a very polite man asking about my wives shares in Mitchell and Butler, 5 shares went to 648 shares through some extra share added unknown to us. Amount went from £13 a share to £75.00 a share and would send documents over. Total amount would be £48,000, a small commission for transfer with a bond of 30% as a retainer until transaction completed. Assured international transfers company was to deal with it, Total scam.

Sep 03, 2019
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Cainsfield International Group
by: Anonymous

My experience is very similar to others, contacted out of the blue by a well spoken and plausible Ella, and told of my good fortune of some my shares that had been de-listed some time ago and was going through a hostile take over. I was being offered between £8-17 per share. Signed the NDA and "waited" for the offer to be accepted... Started to do some research and sadly found this page but fortunately saved my self 5k. Never mind, Im just hoping that my Nigerian 5th cousin twice removed will come through for me with his now found $60mil USD.. Just needs may bank details.... We all love opportunist and this one was very convincing...

Aug 31, 2019
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Take over scams
by: Anonymous

Bottom line: If they ask you to pay money up front ie. Escrow fees etc. regardless of the connotation - forget it! They sound very plausible and work on your greed which is how most of us got here in the first place...
Do an IP location check on their email, it's rarely where they say it is.

Aug 28, 2019
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Cainsfield international
by: Anonymous

Having read the other comment regarding hostile take over scam they seem very like the communications I have had with the above New York based company regarding Elementis shares. And having read the tip about checking website age found that it was only 5 months old and although the phone the young lady gave me to call come up as a New York number I have just googled the O2222 number they ring from and that comes up as a fake number you can buy that's not traceable. It sounded and look legit until they asked for a 5 grand bond for insurance.

Aug 27, 2019
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Hostile bid for Tottenham Hotspur Shares
by: Anonymous

Just had Peter Yeung from McBride Partners in NYK advising me that my shares in Tottenham Hotspur still had value. According to them 'I have some Scrip Shares and their current value is between £43 - £49 per share.
They are going to send me Share Verification Form together with other documents that I am to complete, sign and return.......

Aug 23, 2019
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RCHSECURITIES LLC SCAM ARTISTS
by: Anonymous

RCHSECURITIES LLC contacted me from New York to buy my wifes Firestone Diamond shares at an elevated price of £7.50p, and yes there was the obligatory insurance bond of 10% (£4020), I contacted the FCA and Action Fraud who are investigating this. this company appears to be a regular scammer, why are they not shut down. BEWARE OF 1ST STEP SIGNING NON DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT. then finally SALE AGREEMENT.

Aug 21, 2019
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similar scam
by: Anonymous

Had a call about Fortune Oil shares bought in 1998, offering to buy them for between 3 & 14 pounds.
VERY convincing

Katty Yang
Administration Department
Cainsfield International Group

Aug 12, 2019
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Nearly scammed
by: Kevin C

Had a call from RCH Securities, this time mounting a hostile take over bid for Liberty Global/Liberty Latin America. Usual MO, sign confidentiality agreement with need to urgently return contract. Offering to buy shares at £29 a pop. Such a shame it wasn't legit, could've done with the windfall!!

Aug 09, 2019
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Ladbrokes scam
by: Anonymous

Just had a call apparently from RCH Securities LLC regarding a takeover of Ladbrokes offering me £10 or maybe as much as £20 for my Ladbrokes shares priced today at £1.05. I would have to sign an NDA and buy and insurance bond. Have blocked the telephone number and reported to the FCA.

Aug 06, 2019
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Hostile takeover scam
by: Anonymous

Been contacted by McBride corporate partners acting on behalf of hostile bidder for Elementis. My holding had mysteriously been increased by 8 and they could be offering up to £12 a share. Thanks for sharing your experiences. This will go no further, although I'm disappointed to give up the 75k windfall!

Jul 30, 2019
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Cable & Wireless
by: AC

Just been contacted by Andrew Wilson apparently based in NY. Very similar story, corporate buyer interested in buying bonus shares in Cable and Wireless £5-£15 each - looking to acquire those shares needed to get to 51%. Apparently C&W held IP that's what's attracting the interest. I didn;t want to share an email address.
I took name and number, but having read this will ignore.

Jul 23, 2019
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Another Brown and Bullock Scam
by: Anonymous

Similar to many others. Chinese sounding woman Bettina Chen, shares in Company mysteriously multiplied 5 x, their client wants to buy same urgently for takeover bid paying guaranteed inflated price. So far so good, but then when contract finally sent they want. A refundable bond has to be paid by me to guarantee the transaction. They have phoned ,any times and witter on for ages, but although website looks genuine there are spelling errors and google finds no other mentions apart from their own site. How and to whom do I report this scam?

Jul 23, 2019
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BrownandBullock
by: Anonymous

Been contacted by this firm in what is clearly a scam.They referred to shares which I once owned with all kinds of possible ‘rewards’.Got rid before they asked me to send money..Beware this firm!!

Jul 22, 2019
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Eleminis plc Shares
by: Anonymous

I have been contacted by Brown & Bullock Capital Partners,regarding selling my shares in Elementis PLC in a hostile takeover bid. The shares in question were verified and I filled in a Non Disclosure form. I received several phone calls saying the price of each share would be between £5-£15 and that I had bonus shares for long term investment. Also, my share holding was now 4,400 shares due to a 45:1 share change. I became suspicious when they started asking for me to be willing to put money into a bond to ensure I did not pull out of the deal. I will not be continuing with this deal and warn everyone else to be vigilant as they were very convincing and the website looks legitimate.

Jul 22, 2019
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Brown and Bullock scam
by: Anonymous

Looks to be the same as all of the others. Concerned with shares in HiWave Technologies. Contacted twice via a female, possibly S American accent. So far I’ve received the NDA, checked on Google and realised that this is a scam. If she phones again, I’ll provide her with some choice words, and presumably that will be the end of the matter.

Jul 19, 2019
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Brown and Bulloch
by: LionStevieG

As with everybody else, I received a call from an unknown number telling me that Redcentric, a company in which I held one share was the subject of a takeover and that they represented the company which wished to purchased my shares of which I now had a holding of 7,840 due to various rights issues of which I had not been informed!
I was emailed a NDA form which I duly signed and returned and after that there were several phone calls advising that everything was progressing and that the potential share value was now around £7 – not a bad return for my single share!
I had more calls which I did not answer and eventually received by email, an agreement for the sale and purchase of my shares which indicated that I would be expected to deposit a "fully refundable" bond of £5,582.08 in order to guarantee a payment to me of £59,728.26 on the sale of my shares.
As yet, I have not been told where to deposit the bond and I have no intention of doing do but, looking through the other comments, some people have done so in the hope of a considerable return which is very sad because that money is now lost for ever.
I have advised Action Fraud in the UK, the company itself and their registrars so as to make sure that nobody gets their grubby hands on my ONE share!

Jul 16, 2019
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SUNBURST CONSULTING GROUP NEW YORK SCAM
by: Anonymous

I've been contacted by VICTORIA SPARKS purporting to be from sunburst consulting group offering to buy my shares for a high price.I was required to put money upfront she doesn't sound american to me infact she sounded like from the philippines.very poor english!

details are as follows
088 park avenue s,new york,NY 10003,USA

Jul 16, 2019
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Still at it
by: Anonymous

Been contacted by Brown and Bullock Capital Partners regarding purchase of some shares in a takeover. These had been sold in a previous takeover, but NO they said, there had been some incentive shares also offered at the time so I still owned these. Even if successful they would have been chasing £100 but I only got to the NDA stage.

Jul 10, 2019
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These are all scams
by: Anonymous

You don't need to read many of the comments on this site to realise that scammers are very much at large.

Oh, so they haven't asked you for an insurance bond - yet!!! But they will eventually as they reel you into their web promised riches from shares you know are worthless or no longer existent.

Jul 10, 2019
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GENMARK SCAM
by: Anonymous

I was contacted by phone by a heavily American/Mexican accent? about the above company that went bust many years ago. The gist of the message was that an unknown buyer was making a secret takeover and wanted all existing shares. He was proposing to pay up to $50 a share for the defunct shares I hold. THESE SHARES ARE WORTHLESS.
I played along a little until the punch line of a small premium of $5000 would need to be paid upfront. I laughed and she became abusive and rung off. Looks like I will never be a rich man. LOL

Jul 09, 2019
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Brown and Bullock Capital Partners
by: Nigel M

Received phone call just like the others. NDA form sent to my email and I am now waiting for the next call telling me I will need to pay for an insurance bond ,,, website and email address all appear legit at first sight so a bit of effort has been put in by the scammers.

Jul 03, 2019
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Thomas and Ward Advisors LLC
by: Anonymous

I have received a number of phone calls from this organisation regarding shares I owned in a UK company which suspended trading in 2012 and believed to be now no longer trading and dissolved. Have received a Non Disclosure Agreement document which I completed and returned via email. Subsequently informed that their client wishes to purchase shares that could be worth between £7 and £15!! Thought it too good to be true and will not proceed further unless anyone thinks otherwise. Would appreciate feedback.

Jun 24, 2019
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Devro Plc
by: Anonymous

Anyone else had suspicious call re devro plc. Sounds very like some of the below but I haven't been asked for any upfront yet.

Jun 21, 2019
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Brown and Bullock
by: Anonymous

Same scam, but very professional. Had my ITV shares for a long time and lived at the same address/telephone number for 25 years, so contact perhaps quite easy.
Have a small number of shares which miraculously, became 3 times the number due to rights issue that ITV had kept secret. In the end offered £13.10 per share, for shares that are currently trading at £1.08. Offer was circa £52k they wanted an insurance bond for 10% of the value, which I was assured would only be used if I backed out of the deal. Whether the sale went through or not as long as I did not back out I would get the £5K back.
Perhaps if they had made the gain somewhat smaller I would have been sucked in - but if it sounds to good to be true it usually is. Have reported to the FCA and Action Fraud

Jun 18, 2019
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same scam
by: Anonymous Scotland

'Victoria' from Cansfield International Group NY. Hostile takeover, non disclosure, guarantee bond to be held by Escrow agent. Very convincing. Thanks to Royal Bank for preventing me from losing £5000.

Jun 18, 2019
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Whitbread via Brown and Bullock
by: Anonymous

Have been contacted many times by this company about Whitbread shares. I once held around 20 of them after working for them 20 years ago, i sold them 10 years ago but apparently i have 980 shares valued at £52-60 each. Would be a big bonus to get this money but can i just pay 10-20% of the forecasted amount? thats not happening!! Website looks genuine but caller has strong accent maybe Indian/mexican? Will be telling them where to go!!

Jun 17, 2019
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Stepsworth
by: Anonymous

I too have been approached. Asking for £6000+. and i will receive over £60k.

Jun 16, 2019
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No need to consult lawyers
by: Anonymous

No need to consult costly lawyers when it is plainly a scam. Save your money, time and patience - put the phone down on the scammers

Jun 16, 2019
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Hill Law Associates LLC/American Investment Holdings
by: Jack

Unsolicited contact from a Mr David Roth of Hill Law Associates LLC S. Wacker Drive Chicago. He stated I had 20,000 shares of the issued and outstanding capital stock of American Investment Holdings. He contacted my cell phone and after a conversation forwarded an email and attached BPA document.

Best advice I can give is PUT THESE MATTERS IN THE HANDS OF YOUR LAWYER which I did. My lawyer did investigation and a search on the ARDC Illinois website found Mr David I Roth had been a lawyer at one time but due to disciplinary grounds was no longer authorised to practice.

The BPA stated I was a resident of United Kingdom which is incorrect, I live elsewhere in Oceania. The BPA was signed by Mr David Swann, Acquisitions Supervisor who has never been a lawyer who represents Hill Law Associates LLC. 20,000 shares were offered at (USD)$5.74 totalling $114,800.

If something appears too good to be true then it is just that. The email and BPA from Hill Law Associates LLC in respect to American Investment Holdings is a SCAM and my lawyer advised me not to reply to the email in taking it to the next level. I have taken his advice, I will not be proceeding!

Jun 13, 2019
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Murdoch Consulting Group
by: Anonymous

Phone call from a Lance Thomas Morgan (Dodgy Accent) purporting to be from above company offering big money for NXT / Hiwave Technologies PLC shares. None disclosure doc to sign followed by 4 page Agreement to be signed and returned, together with a 10% bond to secure sale.

Following checks can safely say this is a very elaborate scam, DO NOT be taken in.

Jun 05, 2019
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Brown and Bullock capital partners
by: Anonymous

Hostile takeover, sent email, website impressive. Google only returns links to their own website. Google street maps shows a museum at their address, other tenants listed do not include them. Hard to believe they are interested in a relatively small number of shares.

May 31, 2019
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stepworth consulting
by: Anonymous

we too have just had an offer from stepworth. A few phone calls and email with disclosure details told us our shares , in a company who's value fell drastically recently,were worth to us £20,000. The latest call which finally mentioned a bond to be paid first of £5000, and shares now worth £40,000, made us very suspicious. They have sent full details for signatures. We have contacted police. Beware, even if you want to risk sending bond money it's still too good to be true.

May 27, 2019
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Stepsworth Consulting Group
by: Anonymous

This Group is still at it at the end of May. I was called with exactly the same script as others asking to buy my shares in Vernalis valued at 6.8p for £5 per share and they were delighted to tell me that I had accrued 8000 bonus shares that I had never heard about making me qualifying for a pay-out of 45K+.The sting however was a demand for an up-front payment for a so called insurance bond of 10%. In addition their fee of 3% (£1378.20)would be deducted from the proceeds bringing my potential loss to almost £6000. A very plausible scam but they didn't react very well when told they had been rumbled

May 21, 2019
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NXT scam - Cleeton Corporate Partners
by: Anonymous

Similar to other comments below. 'Oliver Gonzalez' from 'Cleeton Corporate Partners' telephoned out of the blue offering stupid money for worthless shares if Non Discloure form signed.
Good professional looking website BUT simple Google maps search of address given revealed that, rather than big corporate offices, it is in fact a residential block on Madison avenue.
Remember there is no such thing as free money!!

May 21, 2019
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Scam
by: Susan

I too have been scammed by a company - j and j consultancies from New York - offering to buy my late fathers shares at a very advantageous price . I did supply my email address bit deleted the email unopened. Sounds very convincing - BEWARE

May 20, 2019
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Derrickson Capital Partners
by: Gerry Rogers

Same scam as that described below, this time re Pearson PLC, courtesy of Ms Laura Price/Victoria Sparks/Charlie Fernandez, all sounding Filipino. Also mentioned Datafield Transfer Internatonal, neither of whom are accredited with the SED or Mergers & Acquisitions people...

May 20, 2019
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Sanford Capital Group
by: Anonymous

Have had calls from Carlos Escobar and Keith Maxwell wanting me to sign an NDA in relation to shares that I held in Applied Optical Technologies. Sounded too good to be true, which usually means that it is! No request for money yet....

May 15, 2019
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Stepsworth Consulting Group
by: Anonymous

I had a telephone call from Daniel Smith wanted my AEA Technology Shares which were declared worthless in 2012 for a hostile takeover. Wanted to sign a NDA and mention an insurance bond would be required to protect me incase the takeover didn't go through. Foolishly I gave him my email address and then got an email which looked completely legit. Google this company/ involvement in fraud and now realise this is a scam. Beware !

May 11, 2019
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Derrickson Capital Partners Scam
by: Nigel Harris

They contacted me by phone yesterday. English name but a heavy Indian accent, so I was immediately suspicious. The target company they named is one that I do hold shares in, but it had changed its name a few years back and they used the original name. The price they offered was ludicrously high. But otherwise, this is a quite convincing scam and I can see how people could be fooled.

May 09, 2019
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Derrickson Capital Partners
by: Anonymous

A 'David Brown" with a very strong asian accent claiming to be calling from New York has been ringing my mums house asking for me for weeks, I had moved out some time ago but happened to be in when the latest call came through. They were asking about Whitbread Shares they said I had bought. I have never bought shares, I had free shares when working for them 22 years ago and sold every single one 15 years ago. I asked him to send all the info to an email address but all they sent was a non-disclosure form, and only did that so they stop rining my mum. Whitbread have had all kinds of mergers and whatnot over the years, it's all a scam.

May 09, 2019
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Derrickson Scam
by: Kevin

Received an email, checked out the site, and knew right off it was a crock of s***. Although the site was done fairly well, there were several mistakes someone in a rush would make, such as sloppy sentence structure, repetitive statements, and many vague statements. Oh how far they'll go...

May 09, 2019
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Another scam
by: Anonymous

Like a lot of others I have received several phone calls from Sophia? following contact from Laura Price and Matthew Barnes at Derrickson capital. Supposedly shares owned had now multiplied by 45 so now worth a lot of money!! Next phone call required payment to them for a bond and requesting payment of 5% of the total which I said no way was I paying anything as I had no paperwork except the non-disclosure document.
Now realised this was a scam and told them so and they hung up.

May 09, 2019
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Derrickson Capital Partners
by: Steve

I was rung today by David Brown ostensibly of the firm above in New York but his accent sounded as if he was from the Indian sub-continent and was masquerading. He quoted my share ownership and that he had a client who wished to purchase these at a very favourable price to me.
He went on to say documents would be forwarded to me (I gave him my email address so he could do this as I was intrigued, but not fooled) and he instructed that I should sign and return these in the next 24 hours (!). No pressure then.
He also said the money and my shares would be deposited into an insurance indemnity fund/bond to protect both me and the buyer and then both holdings would be passed on. Bear in mind I have no idea who this clown was apart from his assurance over the phone!
His email has just arrived and is entitled "Non-Disclosure Agreement" and has a pdf attachment. At this point I am backing off without downloading or even previewing the attachment. If you have similar calls, I suggest you do something similar, as this is a pretty obvious variant on the phone call scam to separate you from your cash that is so often perpetrated.
What is a little disturbing is there is an email address and phone numbers attached to the email I received and a website that seems to mirror these. So quite a bit more time gone into the 'sell'. The website presents as an all singing/dancing affair to allow for multiple scams I guess but is remarkably empty of any real evidence of their true existence, just an image from a company brochure (maybe) and vacuous verbiage. It could have been put together by a 10th grader who has learnt how to create web pages but has little idea of financial or consulting markets. Again note, this is the first and only contact I have had with this caller and he wants my shares!
I have since blocked his 'withheld INTERNATIONAL number' on my phone and will be labelling him as a phishing email and hopefully that will be the end of the affair.

May 07, 2019
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Fidelity Japan Values
by: Lusher

I have been approached by a company called Derrickson Capital Partners who have somehow become aware that I sold some shares many years ago in Fidelity Japanese Values Investment Trust.


I was told that a number of bonus shares were subsequently issued, for which I had received no documentation, and that somehow they were now worth
an incredible £49,279. (My original investment
was only £1,500).


Having signed a so-called non-disclosure agreement, I am now being asked to sign more documentation, and I suspect I will be asked for
my bank details (which I have not supplied).

Some mention was made that I might be required to
pay some 'insurance' to guarantee payment to the
Company taking ove my bonus shares.



May 06, 2019
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Derrickson
by: Anonymous

I have been contacted by a Ms. Sandra Taylor. A very British name but spoke with an Indian accent. Wanted to ask me about shares that I sold many years ago. Said that I would have some skrip shares that they would want to buy. Sent me an email asking for non disclosure agreement to be signed and returned.

May 06, 2019
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Sanford Capital Group
by: Anonymous

I have recently received calls from a lady called Monica Silver from Sanford Capital Group in New York about shares in a company I held years ago, the patter is just the same as everyone else has mentioned below, they even have a web site which looked very convincing but I thought it sounded to good to be true and as soon as they mentioned paying a 20% insurance premium I knew it was a scam and typed in scrip share scam on Google and found this site which confirmed my suspicions.

May 02, 2019
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Derrickson Capital Partners
by: Brian.W

I said I would update this scam from Derrickson Capital Partners 32, 6th Avenue New York, USA 12th April 2019.After sending off their "confidential" Non disclosure form. I have received nothing via email except many emails from "dubious ladies". Also I have received about nine International phone calls which I have recognised as originating from the Scammers and I have blocked all (international out of area calls) temporarily . Interestingly the scammers never reached the point of asking me for any payments.Please keep up the good work on this forum site to expose these scams onto a wider audience.

May 01, 2019
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Murdoch Consulting Group buying Logica shares
by: Anonymous

I've had a few calls just recently, last two from Raymond Gracy of Murdoch Consulting Group, New York. +1914 336 4330.
Offering to buy my Logica shares for between £7 and £15. Sent me a non disclosure agreement.
Then told me maybe nearly 5000 shares owed to me.
So maybe some £35000 to £75000. Handy, eh!
And then phoned to say I might need to pay an insurance premium into a ESCROW account, as the ultimate buyer does not want to take all the risk.
Now sounding particularly suspicious.
They haven't told me how much yet. But I guess this won't be far away.
As they say - if it sounds too good to be true, ...


Apr 28, 2019
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Beware IS Pharma Shares
by: Anonymous

Calls and email contact from two staff members at Stepsworth Consulting Group re hostile takeover, everything confidential.

My previous share holdings has script dividends accrued which has resulted in multiple share held in my name. A company wishes to purchase these shares for an attractive price.

To sell shares, need to pay a proportion of the insurance bond (10%) guaranteeing full payout to your bank account within 7 working days.

They sounds very convincing, they use the correct terminology but on further discussion they were unable to support detailed questioning.

Beware, this is a very "professional" SCAM.



Apr 15, 2019
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NXT PLC
by: Virgo me UK

I have been contacted by TaylorMaison, New York re my small holding of shares, I did. Move on to the next step in the process and surprise surprise I now need to pay some money for an insurance bond in order to secure my interest needless to say I will not e taking up this option watch out this is a scam, but I can see they can convince folks to part with cash. This call lasted 24 minutes of rubbish and ended with mild threats of me losing out on a potential figure of £100,000.00 all this for a holding of 200 shares !

Apr 12, 2019
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Derrickson Capital Partners
by: Brian.W

Having searched the web for information on Derrickson Capital Partners and came across this site. I have been given no idea of any gains and about any payments but this lady Ms Laura Price has phoned me twice regarding shares in the defunct Voyager IT .com and then Mercury which was a downgrade . I still have the share certificates and she has indicated that after verifying my holdings will be in touch about a possible buy up of my shares by a company that holds 48 % and requires to boost their holdings. all sounds very convincing and Derrickson's business address in the states looks very convincing. I won't be giving any more details to them but will update this site with any developments

Apr 12, 2019
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Waterfield Group - Vector Capital/Trafficmaster
by: Anonymous

I have been contacted by Waterfield Group - Katty Yang was the name given. Multiple long-winded phone calls based around a hostile takeover which their client is allegedly making. Offered to buy our few shares (which they increased in number by 100x) at a figure way above market value. Pressure sell comes when they say the deal is oversubscribed - so need to return paperwork fast to be within the first 51% of shareholdings they need! Then comes the spiel about a security bond.... Their website is convincing enough but the ongoing phone calls arising from a cold call make you suspicious. As it goes on the alarms start to ring. It's a scam - AVOID.

Apr 10, 2019
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Stagecoach hostile takeover bid shares scam.
by: Anonymous

Received a cold call yesterday(9/4/19).Asian sounding woman, quite difficult to understand actually, calling herself Kelly Jackson of the acquisition department of Stepworth consulting group.

To cut a (Very) long story short, I was given the opportunity to sell my Stagecoach shares (er.. Which I actually sold about 10 years ago) for a much higher price than their current market value. They sent a 'non-disclosure' agreement to my spam email address for me to fill In, and I understand that the next part of the scam would have required me to send them a fee, but was told not to worry as it was fully refundable.!!!
I was told that after the takeover bid, my remaining shares would be worthless.
The address supplied on my email from them was Stepworth Consulting Group, 72,Spring Street New York NY10012 USA.

Apr 10, 2019
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RELX Plc
by: Anonymous

Avoid Bellsouth of the USA who offer a similar deal to the last one in this list. Up front fee of £5000 for Insurance Bond in RELX which is subject to an aggressive take over.The fee returned at the end of the deal! Then offer of share options at a very reduced price. Finally Sommerville step in to take care of the supposedly large but returnable bill to the IRS. Huge scam which cost me thousands but avoided the final Summerville drop. The clue is to check your share holding with the registrar of the company you supposedly own shares in.

Apr 02, 2019
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Derrickson Capital New York
by: Anonymous

Beware! I am in London and I’ve just had a call from someone calling herself Jackie Wright, she had an Asian accent and sounded as though she was talking from a script. Telling me I could earn top rates for my ICAP shares ( the company has already recently been taken over!) The same things everyone else is saying....Sending me a disclosure form and I will have to pay a fee which I will get back when the deal goes through. Derrickson Capital have set up a reasonably credible looking website. I’m going to delete the email and after giving them a piece of my mind when they call back, I will block the number!

Mar 29, 2019
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Walton Securities LLC
by: Anonymous

Keep getting called by this company, Walton Securities LLC of New York, regarding selling my Cable & Wireless shares.
A company that went under a few years ago and the few shares I did hold I sold in 2007.
I think this is a scam!?
I wonder if Vodafone know?

Mar 26, 2019
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Tandem Group hostile takeover
by: Anonymous

Same details as others have reported here, this time Derrickson Capital partners, New York want to buy my shares in Tandem, for hostile takeover at hugely inflated price. Usual letter from the admin dept with a non disclosure agreement to sign.

Mar 19, 2019
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NXT scam
by: Anonymous

Cold call from New York, strong accents, Mexican/Phillipino.They wanted 51% shareholders, sign a non disclosure agreement,said they would treble my 1200 NXT shares and buy back at £12..wow, I thought, too good to be true...scam...scam. NXT/ Hiwaves, hostile takeover etc, pay insurance bond...blah blah blah.Told them where to go and to stop stealing from the innocent and naive.

Mar 19, 2019
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Waterfield Consulting Group
by: Anonymous

Had the same phone calls from Steve Burnham about hostile takeover and needing to purchase 51% of the shareholding. Offering £4 - £12 per share for £0.28 p shares. Sounded very convincing but as soon as he said 5-15% bond to be placed got suspicious and fortunately found this site to confirm my thoughts. As others have said, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The name Katherine Bullock also came into play as in the Administration Department. Avoid definitely a scam.

Mar 18, 2019
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Waterfield Consulting Group
by: Anonymous

Phoned by Mike Banner regarding shares that I once held in Skypharma.He stated that he worked with a New York Consultancy Firm by the name of Waterfield Consultancy Group, address of which is
No 1 Carlisle St. New York NY 10006 USA.
Skypharma merged with Ventura Group some years ago and Mike Banner wanted me so sell some Skypharma bonus shares in order to eventually assist Ventura to achieve a 51% stake in Skypharma. How could I sell shares that I had already sold?
Also, genuine firms who deal with take overs and acquisitions never make cold calls would be clients.
DO NOT DEAL WITH THIS COMPANY. ITS A SCAM

Mar 18, 2019
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Waterfield Consulting Group again!
by: Anonymous

I too have received phone calls from this firm wanting to acquire my shares in London Asia Capital. It's exactly the same story as others have mentioned. I was called by someone called Steve Burnham. With a name like that I didn't expect him to sound Asian! albeit he was very well spoken.
It's the same old adage. If it seems too good to be true, it most probably is!

Mar 14, 2019
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Waterfield Consulting Group Scam
by: Anonymous

Phone call and email from "Waterfield Consulting Group" purporting to be at 1 Carlisle St, New York, NY. Names attached were Katherine Bullock and Jake Smith. Phone given was 914-343-1728. Claimed to be about shares in London Asia Capital plc. Sent a Non Disclosure Agreement over. Haven't got to the bit where they ask for payment, needless to say won't be sending money, but hope by posting these exact details I will help someone else googling them like I did. AVOID AVOID AVOID!

Mar 12, 2019
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TOROTRAK
by: Anonymous

£7 - £15 each share offered..
hostile takeover....
5% insurance bond required...
non disclosure document to be signed and returned.

Many phone calls.

Torotrak worth nothing!

SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM.

Beware!!!!!

Mar 08, 2019
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Call about Logica shares
by: Anonymous

I had two calls in succession from different people saying they had a client wanting to buy Logica shares. No idea what they were trying to achieve since Logica hasn't existed since 2012, so if this happens again I'm tempted to tell them that there 'client' isn't just a scammer but also incompetent.

Mar 06, 2019
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All the same
by: Anonymous

Cooper-Newton Management Group is another "Company" up to this scam.
Names I have gleaned so far are Shaun Morgan (Senior Partner), Julia Brooks (Admin) and Manuel Martinez. They have a web site but ... No of the Social Media links work! If you search for blocks of text you find these repeated on other site (Murdoch Consulting Group, Goldman-Fischer Management Group) to name a few. Checked the Office address and, guess what, no tennets by that name. NDA sent.

Mar 06, 2019
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Long Running Aquisition
by: Anonymous

Hi Yes I have been getting calls on and off now for at least 7 to 10 years urging me to cash in my shares in EuroCom (long,long defunct)
all with similar sad stories of great wealth awaiting me..If only

Mar 05, 2019
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Waterfield Consulting Share scam
by: Anonymous

My parents also had a call from Mike Banner of the Waterfield Consulting Group based in New York. Same story about a hostile takeover of a large firm my mum owns shares in. As mentioned below, Mike sounded fairly credible in the content of his conversation though the background noise sounded like he was in a call centre and this, combined with the fact that he had an asian accent (forgive me judging but it does create an image in addition to the call centre environment he was calling from). It just didn't feel right to me and again, the website didn't appear credible enough. Happy to be reassured from these posts that we need to steer clear!

Mar 04, 2019
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Murdoch Consulting - Millwall shares
by: Anti Scam Man

These people never give up.
This is our latest call offering £7 to £15 for shares that are virtually worthless.
They calls themselves Murdoch Consulting (murdochconsultinggrp.com) and 'Justin Green' is the person who called.
Their website was set up at the beginning of February and they claim to be based in New York.

The non-disclosure agreement should be with us shortly and then the pestering phone calls will follow.

At least he warned me that their will be an 'insurance' premium payable to guarantee the transaction.

He wasn't as convincing as the last one but I hope this is seen by some of the potential victims.

Please avoid them like the plague.

Mar 02, 2019
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Waterfield Consulting Group, NY, 10006
by: Anonymous

I was contacted three time over the last week by someone calling themselves James Adkins, and later by another who's name I did not write down.
Similar to other postings where this company is acting for a client wishing to make a hostile bid for a company in UK. The did not even get the name of the company right so it was a bit suspicious after the first 10secs. So far no further contact. Their address as given of 1, Carlisle Street, NYC 10006 exists but Google shows it as an empty property. Not heard back from building agents yet, but have asked them to report matter in NYC as well. They do no exist on White or Yellow pages or any business directory in the whole of USA. Have not even bothered to look up the web site. 'Spokeo' seem to find the number but I do not want to enter into a contract. They state call seems to originate from Yonkers, NY and the carrier is T-Mobile. Freephonetracer.com also find the number but report it as coming from Westchester Zone 1. NY 10701, but cannot reveal name to a UK user. Peoplebyname.com also find the number as address in Mount Vernon, Yonkers, NY, but again I am not going to sign up to anything. Anyone with accounts on these can look them up.

Mar 01, 2019
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Waterfield Group New York contacted me
by: Anonymous

I was contacted yesterday, 28th Feb, by someone called Chris Gardener, purporting to be from Waterfield Group New York, similar to others comments, hostile take over of a company I have penny shares in, offering £7-15 for shares trading at 3pence! When he said they would need some sort of funds lodged I went on high alert and did my research this morning, finding this site, and also not finding the group reviewed on glassdoor. They have a website but it looks unprofessional. They have sent me a registration/non disclosure but I'm going to ignore them from here.
Thanks to everyone for their comments.

Feb 28, 2019
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how can they do this
by: Anonymous

Nearly got sucked in. Mike Banner very convincing.
I'm just concerned that he has my e.mail address.
When he wanted £5289.06 for insurance that when I thought it could be a scam. I even asked him at the beginning I'm concerned because there is a lot of scams out there, and he said I understand your concern but this is not a scam. These people have no morals.

Feb 21, 2019
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Lonmin shares
by: Anonymous

Receiving several calls and an e mail from a company called Waterfield group, spoke to 'Mike Banner' Indian sounding claiming my father who died in 2012 had bonus shares in Lonmin. That these could be transferred to me and sent an e mail. I became suspicious when he wanted no more details about me than an e-mail address.

Said it was a 'hostile takeover' and not to discuss with anyone as their client had 51% shareholding and trying to obtain more. Have sent a non-disclosure form through.


Have a plausable web site. Thanks to this site I did my homework well!


Feb 08, 2019
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stagecoach shares
by: Anonymous

my husband has been inundated with phone calls to the house phone and e,mails for over a week trying to buy his Stagecoach Shares at inflated amount they want him to pay a bond of £4,375.00 the Amin of the company is named as Mrs Catherine Hall there Lawyer is down as Mr Richard William Harris there is a gap for my husband to sign as the vendor I just felt I had to look into it so glad I Did big thanks to this site

Feb 06, 2019
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Wexner
by: Anonymous

Similar scheme running under Wexner Consultancy Group. Inflated value for shares, urgency to respond, "insurance bond" required, secrecy of Non Disclosure. All the warning signs, and not listed in the tenants of the NY address.

Jan 22, 2019
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pedersonlawfirm
by: Anonymous

I have been chased by this company for more than a year now to sell my osmotech shares that do not exist

Jan 09, 2019
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I've lost everything
by: Frances

I was called in August initially by Bernstein securities who asked me to fill in a non disclosure form which I did and then asked for an insurance payment which was to a bank in indonesia (bank rakyat). I then dealt with a company called Stansfield associates. I got completely sucked in and have lost 100s of thousands of pounds. PLEASE AVOID THESE PEOPLE AT ALL COSTS I have now have nothing and no way of getting this back.

Dec 01, 2018
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It's a scam.
by: Anonymous

Never send money upfront ... end of.
It's a scam, just a variation on the plethora of others reported on this site.

Nov 21, 2018
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Lonmin Takeover
by: Anonymous

Had a phone call from an Asian sounding man representing a client interested in acquiring 51% of Lonmin. He was offering a massive premium on the current share price to acquire my small holding in the company.
I told him that what he was offering was a scam and that I would be informing the appropriate authorities in the UK.
He became very irate and told me to go ahead. I then put the phone down. Be warned, this is not how companies acquire share-holdings and launch takeovers.

Nov 19, 2018
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Same issue but about Laura Ashley Bonus Shares
by: Anonymous

Just had a call out of the blue, from a man who sounded like he had a broad Indian accent. He requested that I provide him with an email address, or fax number, so that he could send out the NDA and details of the following conversation.

The offer was to purchase bonus shares I had been allocated by Laura Ashley years ago, which through maladministration had not been notified to me. The price offer today was 'between £8 and £12 per share'. He is working on behalf of a client who has acquired promises of 43% of Laura Ashley shares from corporate investors and are now looking to acquire 8% more from private shareholders to reach the 51% needed for the takeover.

I've not held Laura Ashley shares for many years so kept my details to myself and closed the conversation.

Watch out though, this is well-rehearsed, well structured, sounds plausible and they are very persistent!

Nov 12, 2018
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Take over scam
by: Penny

Just had the same call but from clarksdale Partners, New York. Same story - RELX hostile take over and need 51% of the shares. Are offering well over current market price. Was just going to sign the non-disclosure form which, according to the foreign lady who made the call, would merely enable their legal department to verify my shareholding.
Thanks to this site, I now know it to be a scam. How I hate these people, stealing from the innocent and naive.

Oct 28, 2018
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They just don't give up
by: Dennis

Some years ago I was offered vast amounts for some Gladstone penny shares which I no longer held.

Usual speil about wanting to buy 51% of shares to take over the firm.

Then, thank goodness, I found this site and read how the fraudsters take our money for no return.

Today I had a call from an oriental sounding lady in New York wanting to buy the same shares as before.

Told her to stop scamming people and then we both hung up on each other.

They just don't give up. Sadly, they must successfully fool quite a few people to keep themselves in the business of fraud.




Oct 27, 2018
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Relx Shares
by: Anonymous

I have also received several phone calls and an e-mail from Ms. Kelly Marshall / Mergers & Acquisition Department Symmons Advisors offering to buy my Relx Group plc shares. However I am required to sign a bond for over £5k which I am not prepared to do. I assume that this is a scam hence the reason for not taking the matter further.

Oct 18, 2018
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Clarskdalecorporate.com
by: Anonymous

The latest scam. They tried this with my mum who wisely gave them my phone number. Reed Elsevier (now RELX) shares, hostile takeover to get 51% of shares etc. Company website created at end of Sep-2018. Names they are using this time are Georgia Taylor, Mark Durbin and Margaret Griffin. Heavy Asian accent. Stay clear of these utter fools and stay safe!

Oct 16, 2018
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Company takeover
by: Anti Scam Man

You have scammed. Contact your bank as soon as possible to try to reverse the payment. It is probably to a philippines bank so may not be possible.

Oct 16, 2018
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Hostile takeover telephone scam
by: Anonymous

I believe I have been the victim of a hostile takeover scam. I was contacted by phone by Blairford Consultancy in New York claiming they had clients who were conducting a hostile takeover of Relx plc and offered me a substantial premiun per share for my holding . I stupidly paid an insurance bond of over £4k, signed a NDA and provided personal ID's. I have had various conversations with supposed individuals at Blairford and their Insurance Advisers Easterbrook estates. They have a credible web site, kept me "warm" on a daily basis , updating me with progress and sending a series of emails confirming the details of the transaction,and confirmation that sufficient shares had been acquired for their client to get 51% of the company and that I would be receiving the proceeds of the sale in the next 10 days . My suspicions were finally confirmed when I tried to get on the Blairford web site tonight and was unable to access it . On further checking I established that their web site had only existed since June 2018 and that of Easterbrook Advisers had only been in existence for 3 days . What a bloody idiot. What can I do ??

Sep 24, 2018
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Another example
by: Anonymous

Just had call from "Samantha" in New York. Also Johnston Press scam. Very persistent. I've asked her to email the documents.

Sep 07, 2018
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Cooper Consultancy Ltd
by: Bill

Have had various calls from above company in last few days, claiming to be based in New York and wanting to buy my Friends Provident/Resolution Ltd shares (which I cashed in back in 2009). Same MO as others have reported, e-mailed me an NDA and won't give me any more information until I return it. All callers had strong Chinese or Asian accents, the main man called himself "Elliot Santos" - but I doubt that's what his mother calls him. Suggested that even though I had sold the shares there may be scrip issues that I was unaware of. Address on the NDA was 370 Lexington Ave, NYC. Beware!

Jun 20, 2018
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Everritt Capital Partners
by: Anonymous

They all say you will not have to part with any money - then later they will ask you to pay for an insurance bond

Jun 19, 2018
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Everrett Capital Partners
by: Anonymous

Similar deal but they are saying, at no point do I need to part with money for escrow etc. The most intriguing yet. Just concerned I may be liable for some reason following agreement to contract. They are asking for bank details to pay in the amount which should be no problem as they can't take money.. There is a cheque option but I'm aware of that potential scam..

Jun 19, 2018
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Stubblefield advisors
by: Anonymous

just received a call, from a Mike Banner of stubblefield advisors , telling me of a hostile bid for Johnson mattey all looks very efficient web site letter head etc, told them i don't recall holding shares in the company , they have just confirmed that i have a holding and am in line for a payment of just over 3k. lets seen the con unfold !!!!!

Apr 24, 2018
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Tata Takeover
by: Anonymous

I have also had the same type of phone contact. The name of the contact has changed but each time sounded to be the same person.
Also talks about 3800 shares to be purchased at $5/$17 each depending on outcome. Last call also mentioned an insorance bond and excro a/c. No bank details given.

Apr 12, 2018
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Landonfinriversfinnrivers
by: Anonymous

These are a sofisticated criminal gang. Targeting people who have unknowingly made bogus investments, where the companies have gone into receivership and the investor is bombarded by various commodity, trading and investment companies (All bogus). They tell you what you want to hear about your investment then get a buyer and offer marvellous returns. However you have to cough up x amount of pounds to do so. Don't trust anyone that cold calls. Don't part with any cash.

Apr 11, 2018
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Landon Finn Rivers Scam
by: Anonymous

This is a sophisticated scam. They contacted my 81 yo father in law and fleeced him of 60 thousand GBP. The number of people involved (all sounding English) is staggering. The scam started by them representing themselves as a different company and ran over many months. Then he was contacted by Landon Finn Rivers saying his 'investment' was subject to a fraud and they had held his money in trust. Then the scam kept taking turns. His trust had been assigned a property and now a property developer was offering him 1.2 million. The scam continues as they try and fleece him of more and more money and contact him from different fake companies trying to get more of his money. The details are far to much for this sadly....

Apr 11, 2018
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Tata steel takeover
by: Anonymous

I've just had Belinda Mayer on the phone and she's just introduced into the conversation that I am liable for 30% of the insurance liability for the sale of the non real shares that I don't/do own??
She has told me I now own 3815 shares that the mystery purchaser wants.
I'm prepared to have a little entertainment from her continued phone messages as yet no mention of money has been made. As soon as a bond payment is mentioned I shall cease all communication.
My reason for doing this is, if she is talking to me then she is not trying to con anyone else.

Apr 10, 2018
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Tata Steel takeover
by: Anonymous

You guessed it, these are all scams and the methods they use are always the same. Do not tell anyone or the sale might fall through...It will not cost you anything...you will have to send us money for an insurance bond etc. We have all heard it over and over again.

Apr 10, 2018
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re: Tata Steel takeover
by: Anti Scam Man

This is just a repeat of the previous scam under the name of Clarion Global. Now they are calling themselves RBCP International. The person making the initial contact is still Belinda Mayer which makes one wonder if this might actually be her real name?
A new domain and website were set up under the name of RBCPintl.com for the purpose of convincing people that worthless shares they may have owned at some point are now miraculously worth a fortune. The named registrant on the domain is a 'Jenny Hue'
The address they show in Third Avenue, New York is a 'virtual' office space.
When it was run under the name of Clarion all the details were passed to Action Fraud and the FBI. These details included the bank account numbers being used in the Philippines to take payment of the 'insurance money' from those that were convinced by this scam.
It would be worth reporting this because the more reports there are the more likely it will be that the authorities take action and avoid future scams.

Apr 09, 2018
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Anti scam man
by: Anonymous

Belinda Mayer was one of the team from an earlier scam in the UK and US for shares in a defunct company. Surprising that the name hasn't changed. I'll follow this up in the morning.

Apr 09, 2018
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Tata steel takeover
by: Anonymous

I have received two calls from a company called RBCP international asking if I owned shares in Corus (ex British steel). I said I no longer owned them as they were sold on the Tata steel takeover. A lady called Belinda Mayer (she claims) has found that I still own 3800 shares (I don't) which they wish to buy from me. I'm assuming it is a scam as how can I sell anything that I no longer own. I must tell no one about this bid or it may not go ahead. I'm awaiting further communication because as yet they are still refusing to send any evidence that these mysterious shares actually exist. Let alone the fact that I apparently own several thousand of them.

Mar 12, 2018
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Landon finn rivers
by: Susan

This company contacted me about my Chinese cryptocurrency. They only had a free phone contact number and their call were always on a withheld number. No information on internet about this company.
They got me a buyer and significantly good offer for my cryptocurrency however i was to purchase a Chinese trade licence in order to proceed with the deal. I was given numbers for the buyer and two previous clients. I spoke to all three who appeared very genuine. I asked for and received a bank statement from one client showing a large amount of money deposited into the account. On close inspection this statement had been digitally altered. I discontinued all future calls. Scammers

Mar 02, 2018
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Landon Finn Rivers
by: Anonymous

Had an offer from these people to purchase my useless store pod investment. I told them I had received offers but was not paying the scam "insurance". They said that they would send a cheque but they would need certain details re money laundering. There was a choice of things to send including copy of NI card, which was phased out in 2011 and also a travel document??. Maybe a train ticket would do. It seems that the 12 digit international trading code associated with the investment is what they really want. Their website was 4 weeks old but they said they gad been about 35 years.When they were questioned about their address and po box belonging to someone else they said they owned the whole building and when asked if they were speaking from their london office they said yes but could not tell me which building was across the road, the Royal Court of Justice. Strangely they then hung up. Scammers

Feb 22, 2018
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Eurotunnel shares
by: Anonymous

I have had 3 calls from a company in New York wanting me to sign an emailed document. The person told me once signed to prove they were my shares I would be made an offer for them to buy my shares. He said it was confidential if it was made public then the deal might not go ahead, so I needed to act fast. The phone rang the 4th evening I ignored the call when I called 1471the number had been withheld!

Feb 16, 2018
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Re 'Recent Scams'
by: Anonymous

Perhaps you should send each one the other's phone numbers and let them waste each other's time!

Feb 16, 2018
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Recent scams
by: Anonymous

I've been contacted this month by two different people from Cabbot Law Firm to buy my non-existent shares in a company called Global Commodities. Each mentioned a different number of shares and offered a different price for them!

Similarly someone from Mitchell Bloch Law Firm offered to buy my shares in Sen Yu International, also a company I've never heard of, and, following my refusal, I've even been shown an default notice for my shares ostensibly printed in the Washington Post.

Finally, I've received an offer from Landon Finn Rivers to sell my carbon credits for a large sum, using Global Legal Escrow for the purchase price, provided I take out a licence at a significant up-front cost.

It's been quite a month! - but I've refused them all.

Feb 13, 2018
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Eurotunne/ and back to work!
by: Anonymous

Yes 'they' are indeed 'back to work' in all spheres. General rule of thumb, 'If it seems too good to be true - it probably is) 2nd rule, If there's an indemnity of any sort up front then it isn't gonna happen! That's no matter how attractive it looks! Keep your money!

Feb 12, 2018
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Eurotunnel Shares
by: Anonymous

Ive had a woman calling me from RBCP International in New York enquiringly to buy my Eurotunnel shares which I bought many years back now reduced to low level. 25 shares. But she has come through tonight. Apparently due to consolidation and some kind of Scrip dividend, there are now 4285 shares!! They want to buy them and will send me details in writing later. Too good??? She then laid out insurance indemnity cover which will ensure that they and I do not lose our shares. I see this as the possible initial ‘sting’. I was hoping that my 25 shares might net a bit of money but I became convinced about the scam, when the 4285 shares appeared which would net be a large sum. Too good to be true!!!

Jan 19, 2018
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Ehrotunnel share scam Phoenix
by: Anonymous

Eurotunnel share scam
Looks as if they are back to work!
18 January 2018 landline call (number withheld) from Sarah, wanting to buy my (actual) Etunnel shares. Aksed her to wait while I went to Study, but she rang off, See below for earlier reports.

Dec 11, 2017
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Howland Law
by: Marie

My 80+ father has been targeted by Gary Coleman/Chris J Howland/Nicholas Ceyrac or whatever his name is. This chap has been operating from several addresses since God knows when so previous comments are correct, IT'S A SCAM!! He is obviously a professional criminal and is assisted by the authorities if they don’t go after him. Previously registered through A1 Companies of North Finchley as Vanora Capital and Howland Capital. Lauren Bradrick and Monika Klis of A1 companies of Company Services Ltd; who registered them with their ‘company’s services’.
Thank you to all who have posted here, lets keep this going till they are not!!

Dec 04, 2017
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Prime Time Group Howland Law
by: Anonymous


I recently received this email from a Mr Don Hammer of Howland Law.

He is very convincing and as you will see he is using virtually the same script as seen on previous postings. He has come up with a valuation of $5 - 6 per share for stock that is worthless.

I will not be sending him any documents. As others have said 'If it seems to good to be true, it usually is' and you should avoid it like the plague.
Has anyone else been contacted by Don Hammer?
I notice other names for the same firm
Daniel Brown
David Fischer
Gary Coleman

With reference to our recent conversation regarding your current shareholdings in Prime Time Group, Inc., I can once again confirm that the company is indeed currently undergoing a hostile takeover bid.

As discussed the company you are shareholder in Prime Time Group, Inc. is being taken over by a Hong Kong based Investment syndicate who wish to liquidate the corporation with the intent of selling off the existing assets for profit.

To make you aware in the United States, regulatory legislation states that in the case of a voluntary liquidation the acquirer must employ a company to contact all existing shareholders globally, inform them of the liquidation and assist them in claiming compensation.

The purpose of the valuation is to establish the value of the shares in relation to the total assets the company owns. From there the majority shareholder must then make an offer to the remaining shareholder that reflects this valuation.

In this instance the majority shareholder does not have to have consent from the remaining shareholders as they own the 51% controlling interest in the company.

However, what is required is as a shareholder in the company you need to accept the given offer, which takes into consideration the value of company’s total assets.

The first step in this procedure is for you to agree to the offer, in order to do this, we have to formally present the offer to you in the form of a legal document, known as a Stock Redemption Agreement, which is drawn up by ourselves and clearly states the amount the acquirer is prepared to pay you per share.

Please find attached a copy of your Stock Redemption Agreement and in preparation for our next scheduled call on November 22, 2017 at 5:00pm GMT, please print a copy of your Stock Redemption Agreement and also make a note of any questions you may have regarding the offer.

Once again we are here to help and guide you through a step by step process in order for you to claim the offer for your shares in Prime Time Group, Inc. and ensure the process goes smoothly and without delay.

I look forward to our next conversation on November 22, 2017 at 5:00pm GMT, In the instance you need to reschedule our meeting, then please reply to this email or alternatively give me a call on my direct number below.


Kind regards,

Don Hammer
Howland Law
60 State Street, Boston, MA,
United States, 02109


Nov 24, 2017
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Howland Law Scam
by: Anonymous

This is a scam
And he didn't call me back.

With reference to our recent conversation regarding your current shareholdings in Apollo Resources International, Inc., I can once again confirm that the company is indeed currently undergoing a hostile takeover bid.

As discussed the company you are shareholder in Apollo Resources International, Inc. is being taken over by a Hong Kong based Investment syndicate who wish to liquidate the corporation with the intent of selling off the existing assets for profit.

To make you aware in the United States, regulatory legislation states that in the case of a voluntary liquidation the acquirer must employ a company to contact all existing shareholders globally, inform them of the liquidation and assist them in claiming compensation.

The purpose of the valuation is to establish the value of the shares in relation to the total assets the company owns. From there the majority shareholder must then make an offer to the remaining shareholder that reflects this valuation.

In this instance the majority shareholder does not have to have consent from the remaining shareholders as they own the 51% controlling interest in the company.

However, what is required is as a shareholder in the company you need to accept the given offer, which takes into consideration the value of company’s total assets.

The first step in this procedure is for you to agree to the offer, in order to do this, we have to formally present the offer to you in the form of a legal document, known as a Stock Redemption Agreement, which is drawn up by ourselves and clearly states the amount the acquirer is prepared to pay you per share.

Please find attached a copy of your Stock Redemption Agreement and in preparation for our next scheduled call on November 24, 2017 at 4:00pm GMT, please print a copy of your Stock Redemption Agreement and also make a note of any questions you may have regarding the offer.

Once again we are here to help and guide you through a step by step process in order for you to claim the offer for your shares in Apollo Resources International, Inc. and ensure the process goes smoothly and without delay.

I look forward to our next conversation on November 24, 2017 at 4:00pm GMT, In the instance you need to reschedule our meeting, then please reply to this email or alternatively give me a call on my direct number below.


Kind regards,

Daniel Brown
Howland Law


Nov 08, 2017
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Reply to Claire
by: Anti Scam Man

We strung our scammers along as long as we could and obtained their bank details which were passed to the authorities in UK and US. Obviously we got no feedback regarding action taken by them but at least we tried. The information they had about us was on the public record and the signatures on the paperwork bore no resemblance to ours.

Nov 08, 2017
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Risks
by: Claire

So if these scammers get you as far as signing a stock redemption agreement and then you come to your senses and proceed no further with their games what can they potentially do ?..... they have your signature and address

Nov 07, 2017
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Cartwright law specialists in boston
by: Anonymous

2 calls out of the blue. Based in U.K. And told I have shares in a company International Commodities Management. Said it must have been another company that invested in it so I was unaware.
Silly money being offered.
Email sent with a contract for me to sign. The address in Boston is on Clarendon St. Bain Capital and EY have their offices there! Can't find anything on Google.
As just said it is too good to be true!
Life is full of scammers?

Nov 05, 2017
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re Cartright Law
by: Anonymous

The scam follows when they will want an insurance premium to guarantee payment.
Once they get that they will disappear.

Nov 05, 2017
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Cartwright Law Specialists: Boston
by: Bardfly

Cartwright Law Specialists supposedly based in Boston rang me offering to buy my shares in US Hydroelectric Inc.
I had no recollection of ever buying.any such shares but they said there had been numerous mergers and acquisitions and I had shares in one of the merged companies.
Having had this type of scam before I said I would not be paying any bond or insurance money up front, they said no that their client was paying all costs.
They then emailed me the forms for signing, basically buying my shares for $150000 ! If something looks too good to be true it usually is.
Neither Cartwright Law Specialists or US Hydroelectric Inc. came up on Google - very suspicious. Cartwrights list their address as 200 Clarendon St. Boston. Google maps revealed that this is the huge skyscraper in Boston.
They then rang me again to chase for the signed documents. I said are you in a large building, the guy said no not really just in a building with 2 or 3 other companies - so I said 200 Clarendon St. In Boston? He said "ummm yes".
I don’t know what the scam is, maybe they just want my signature, but I will not be sending in the forms.

Oct 27, 2017
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Howland law
by: Anonymous

I have been contacted by mr Fischer from Howland Law in Boston (?) who wishes to pay 2.48 dollars per share for a company called Tauriga Sciences. The net value of this company is 0.0 ( Bloomberg)) Many years ago afo a boilerroom sold me those shares and now they found me again. They me that I have to pay nothing, but reading this side I am not so sure.
Glad I found this webaite.

From the Netherlands

Oct 25, 2017
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mr Gary Coleman
by: Anonymous

Ive been also contacted by howlands law firm in boston USA but by another chap Mr David Fischer ( yes spelt with a C )Stock redemption agreement, I need to sign it twice and initial the other three pages. With my signature and initials these scammers could forge any type of document. Do not send any signed docs of any description received on an email.

Hope this helps anyone in a similar situation.

Oct 21, 2017
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Shares in St. James Capital Holding inc.
by: Anonymous

Have been contacted by Mr. Gary Coleman, Howland Law,State Street Boston, USA these shares were purchased 10 years ago.

They have sent a Stock Redemption Agreement, which we think is a scam, and as such do not intend to sign and return it. As we have done nothing they are threatening to issue a new Notice of Default. Think bully boy tactics come to mind.



Sep 26, 2017
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provident-trading
by: Anonymous

I have been scammed by provident-trading. Can anyone advise me how to act from now on? Maybe contact a lawyer who is specializing in this field???

Sep 22, 2017
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Re Share scams/boiler rooms
by: Anti Scam Man

Sadly they tend to operate out of countries that are not too fussy about how their economies run. For example, the Clarion Global scam was based in the Philippines but they used bogus UK and US addresses along with cloud-based telephone systems which made them appear to be in New York. The bank receiving the money was also out there.
They make the deals look so attractive and I'm sure many people end up paying and maybe are too embarrassed to admit it when they realise that they have been conned. I would urge anybody who has been scammed to speak out, this would make the authorities take later reports more seriously.
The upside for me is the people that have been in touch to say that, because of reports online they realised it was a scam and saved their money.

Sep 22, 2017
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share scams/boiler rooms
by: Anonymous

I am still failing to understand how so many of these companies are able to operate in the current days of KYC (Know your customer) regulations for financial institutions. How do the banks and lawyers that these scamsters use allow them to operate accounts? Surely they should report them to the appropriate authorities! Can anyone shed light on how they do this?

Sep 21, 2017
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Beware Chesterfields
by: Anonymous

So relieved to find this website. I had been phoned by Karen Johanssen / Julian Pedersen, of {apparently} Chesterfields in New York. They knew about some dormant shares I have. "Hostile take-over bid, non-disclosure contract, insurance bond, I must pay 10% of the value of my shares..." All plausible. Thankful to be realise it's a scam before I parted with any money.

Sep 12, 2017
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Cpl shares
by: Anonymous

chesterfieldintlpartners
Karen Johanssen / Mergers & Acquisition Department called my husband looking with offer. Beware a new York cell phone. Maybe keep them on phone at their cost. Could be fun. Avoid giving details as you are giving them more ammunition to sell list on for other scammers

Sep 02, 2017
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share scames
by: Anonymous

does anyone know if Osbourne-mulligan new York is still trading and a company you can trust by selling shares on your behalf .

Aug 31, 2017
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Scammed
by: Anonymous

Has anyone ever succeeded in getting their money back???

Aug 29, 2017
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Chesterfield Intl Partners, New York
by: Anonymous

Phoned by a Karen Johanssen in New York who said my late husband owned shares in company called Scipher plc and they were planning hostile takeover and our shares had increased five times over and they would like to purchase them. I actually found the share certificates so was a bit interested I must confess. These people sound really genuine so beware. Once a share price has been fixed they would send me further documentation and I would then have to pay for an insurance bond to state my claim. So pleased to have found this very helpful site - thank you!

Aug 10, 2017
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Global Legal Escrow claiming that they are part of global legal group its a scam
by: Anonymous

I just came aware that a company called Global Legal Escrow is presenting themselves as part of global legal group, its a scam!!! be aware , global legal group is a legal publishing house and not related to any trading of fx or binary options

Jul 27, 2017
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Clarion Global Group
by: Anti Scam Man

In response to your request, Bakery Service Share. Clarion Global Group is not a real company. The address they claim to have is that of the Clarion Hotel if you look up their website on who is you will see they registered the domain and launched the site 24 hours before they started calling their victims. All the pictures on it are stock as is the editorial content. One of the companies they are claiming to be taking over is Beaufort plc which was dissolved several years ago with no assets. The last share price was about 2 pence. There are other companies.
The scripts they use are well rehearsed.
Please do not pay them any money.
I don't know if I can put contact details on here but I'll find out. I have other details about them but they would be able to identify me and stop communicating with me if I published them.

Jul 27, 2017
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Do not [pay them
by: Anonymous

I see no reason not to give them details because what will happen is they will ask for an indemnity or similar before paying your mother. This is the point at which she will know it is a scam. NB whatever the response DO NOT allow her to pay any money for something she owns, allegedly or in reality.
I'm an 'old hand' at this and I have NEVER seen money returned to me regardless how believable these guys are and I've often taken it to the point of 'indemnity' but no further.
On carbon credits, I've even signed everything, been asked for no money, been told how much I will get, which Mexican bank is paying me! following which the intermediary disappeared and the bank whilst a real name had fake docs - Go figure?
I'll bet if you search them it's a relatively new domain and they will not actually be at the address stated, or it's rented very recently.. Cheers

Jul 27, 2017
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Bakery Service Share
by: Anonymous

A company called Clarion Global Group has been ringing my mother in law every night for a week trying to encourage her to provide information about share saying they will buy off her for 2.50 a share, I have advised her not to talk with them but they are so convincing she still thinks its true. Can anybody give us advise as I have read other peoples views and have now printed them off to show my mother in law to stay well clear

Jul 20, 2017
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Johnson and James Consultancy of Dallas
by: Hugo First

I was approached by this company, based in Dallas, allegedly acting on behalf of someone wanting to make a hostile takeover of a venture capital trust I invested in about ten years ago. The VCT rolled into a different VCT a couple of years later, and the assets were acquired earlier this year (at a knockdown price) by a different VCT. Bottom line, the original VCT was wound up as a company several years ago and I won shares in the new VCT.
J & J's representative stated that their client was interested in patents held by the original VCT, and was prepared to pay well over the odds to acquire them. Was I interested? "Potentially, yes." I was asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement and information form so they could verify my holding.
No risk at this stage, so I signed and sent the agreement back.
Another phone call last night and the rep advised they had confirmed my holding. The proposed offer for my shares would be at least 6 x my original investment. She then explained that the deal would be protected against non-completion by an insurance bond issued by one of Lloyds, Prudential or Axa. To incentivise people in the deal so that nobody "backed out at the last minute", the cost of the insurance bond to participants on the buy and sell sides would be 10 - 15% of the proposed offer, refundable when the deal completed.
By now, all the hairs on the back of my neck were upright and my SCAM warning antennae lit up. I have been involved in many internatonal acquisitions during my career and never come across an insurance bond. Any patents held by a company backed by the original VCT would now reside with the VCT that acquired it. And why would a hostile acquirer be bothering with a small private shareholder when they need only 51% of the shares to gain control? They would be targetting the big institutional investors.
Did some online research. The address for Johnson and James is a rental office - not a good sign. Their website does not exist. There is no online material covering their role in any genuine acquisitions.
And then I found this helpful website. Thanks to everyone who has posted here.
I am obviously the target, but have no intention of being the victim, of a scam. I will be reporting the company to the FSA to add to their list of villains. Avoid these crooks.

Jul 19, 2017
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Scam operations
by: Anonymous

Can anyone please explain to me how these kind of companies operate in these days of 'Know your customer' policies and regulations of banks? How do these scumbags manage to operate without getting caught? How do the banks and lawyers that they operate through, manage to get away with these kinds of obvious fraud? Surely,they have to be accountable!

Jul 19, 2017
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Silver Pines
by: Anonymous

There is no doubt this will be a scam. They always make it so attractive that you are drawn in to send them money.
He may well have owned these shares but the will be worthless. Do not pay out any money.

Jul 19, 2017
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Silver pines escrow, courington law
by: Claire

Any one know anything about these two?
Seem to be working together, Silver Pines is based in Singapore with Courington Law being in Boston

These guys say my dad has £60,000 worth of funds to be received once he has made a payment of about £2k for share certificate, removal of restrictions and fees.
surely this is s scam but he vaguely remembers having the shares yet has no proof this end any more

Jul 19, 2017
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Scary
by: Anonymous

Thank goodness I found this site, I was already suspicious but couldn't see the sting. According to Genworth consultant Group my 146 shares had suddenly been increased to 2,352 on a 'forward stock option'. Like previous posts, my holding was suddenly worth over £55,000 and all I had to do was to pay £5,000 into blue lake transfer! Have just sent them email to say deal is off.

Jul 13, 2017
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Clarion Global Group share scam
by: Anonymous

This company set up a website on 30th May 2017 and is offering highly inflated prices to buy shares in various UK companies which have been dissolved. They insist on a confidentiality agreement and then make it seem so attractive that people are reeled in. Then comes the sting, they need an insurance premium to secure the deal. They claim to be in New York but their bank details for the payment are in The Philippines and the Escrow agent is in Hong Kong (with a website set up on 28th June 2017).
It is highly likely that they will shut down the operation mid July once they have scammed enough people and before they are caught.

Jun 29, 2017
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Thomas and Gareth Consulting Group
by: Anonymous

Re post dated 26 June about above "company" scam - thanks for your post which persuaded my husband that he was indeed about to be scammed by the above company, by a very plausible gentleman called Julian Pedersen in New York.

Scam involved a company my husband used to have shares in many years ago, which he thought were now worthless. Mr P nearly persuaded him that they did still have value, that a hostile takeover was about to happen, secrecy required,etc. We stood to gain about £50,000. Then we were told we would have to pay £5,000 as a bond to a "reputable" insurance company. Smelt a rat at that stage, and then saw your post. Thanks again. No doubt they will just change their name and try again.

Jun 29, 2017
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Clarion Global Group & Fortune Dynasty Shares
by: Anonymous

Beware this scam. Phone call from representative of Clarion Global Group, Diego Garcia, made reference to shares owned by my father in Fortune Oil which were bought out by Fortune Dynasty in 2015.He stated my father still had shares in the company under a scrip issue and his company was representing a client who was attempting a hostile takeover of Fortune Dynasty.They were willing to pay £7 per share but first of all he needed to complete and return (by email) a confidential Non-disclosure agreement.These people are very persistant. Having told him my father received all he was due and had no further claim he tried to convince me otherwise.They have a website giving their address as 425 Park Ave S New York.This address is in fact the Clarion Hotel and the website wording is poorly presented but may fool some.I have not proceeded to the point of being offered the chance to buy the bond so can't comment on that but just hope this blog may save someone from funding these scammers.

Jun 26, 2017
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thomas and gareth consulting group
by: Anonymous

My grandad nearly gone done by this scam. A woman called Karen from Thomas And Gareth Consulting Group told my grandad his late wife had shares in a company called U.B.M Plc and that he would make £51,000 if he sold his shares. He sent a signed form and my nans death certificate to them. He was told to tell nobody but luckily I managed to stop him from taking things further. Its scary as the woman (Karen) seemed very genuine when I spoke to her on the phone so I can see how an elderly person could fall for it. Even when I found this forum and told him it was a scam he was not willing to believe me. There were too many red flags. The website is only 3 months old and is pretty bare bones. How do I go about reporting them? These people are scum and one day they will be judged for their actions. If it seems too good to be true then it is.

Jun 24, 2017
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He said I lived in Brazil
by: Anonymous

Thought this my lighten the mood.
I live in London
I have over the last few years had at least 3 calls from abroad wanting to buy some defunct shares from me for astronomical sums as long as I paid them a bond etc. All scams, of course.

Yesterday another call came in from a guy with a thick foreign accent.

As soon as he mentioned my Gladstone shares I guessed what he was up to.

So I said to him 'stop wasting your time and mine as this is a scam'.

'No, no he said, listen to me'. 'Go away' I replied

Then he said: 'you are in Brazil' to which I replied 'no I am in the UK'. We repeated these words to each other about 4 times with him ending up shouting 'you are in Brazil' .

Then he spoke very slowly and deliberately and said ' you are imbecile' and slammed the phone down.

I am one happy imbecile.

Jun 23, 2017
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Tata Steel
by: Anonymous

Just had a bloke on the phone, couldn't make out the name of the company he represented but the terms takeover and 51% majority shareholder were mentioned, wanting to pay me between £8 and £17 a share for "700 Bonus shares" that my late husband had as a long term employee of British Steel (Corus and then Tata Steel)according to him. My husband sold his shares years ago.
Lost interest when I told him my post code was wrong because we had moved and that he could write to me if he wanted but I was not giving him my e-mail address saying I'll make the offer to someone else then and you will lose out.

Jun 14, 2017
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Dixon Associates Ltd
by: Nick Battle

Yes; this is a scam and it is obviously working because these people have been working it for a few years now. They are actually based in Brooklyn how the authorities have not closed them down yet is beyond me.

They specialise in share holdings that you may have held years ago but are now worthless, usually because the company became insolvent. You lost money on them but you still own them.

Suddenly you are told they are worth a lot. Someone wants to buy them from you. But its a secret so you must sign a confidentiality agreement .Next, big news, the shares were multiplied by four so instead of 1000 you actually have 4000 ! You are starting to feel rich ! Just one small item. You need to pay a bond fee to release the money......Do you want to go on ? Don't.

Jun 01, 2017
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Dixon Associates Ltd - scam?
by: Anonymous

Re Sibiu 11th May
I am in talks with Dixon Ass. Ltd and thought it all seemed ok I even went on line to check them out, until I was told I would need to deposit bond money. They have been contacting me for a few weeks about this. I' m glad I have seen these comments so now know what is going on. Should I report them to someone?

May 15, 2017
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Chicago Law Group
by: Anonymous

I was contacted by Peter Mead of Chicago Law Group with a website which shows no names and minimal information. The company name does not come up on a general search for Chicago firms.
Offering me $3.50/ share for 45,000 shares in Interstate Pharmaceuticals Corp which I have never heard of. Linking it to some gold mining shares I once had.
I could not work out the angle except giving my bank account - but could they really misuse that? So I assume they will ask for a payment in some form before they would release the money.
When he rang back, and before I read these reviews, he was a bit tetchy that I had not responded quickly, then was friendly again. I was suspicious from the start when the 'speak' was more salesman like than lawyer like.

May 11, 2017
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Sibir Energy possible scam .......
by: Anonymous

I have had a request to advance funds to Dixon Associates in NYC re a take over of Sibir. Has anyone else been called or emailed re this one ? Obviously I will not be sending any cash ..... these guys have to be given full marks for persistence !

May 11, 2017
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Fraudulent...i presume
by: CB

Zachary Duncan, Courington Law, Boston
on to Matthew Price, USM&AA
now onto Brian Shannon, Silver Pines Escrow

shares we have apparently got from years ago and many splits and takeovers. Not been asked for any money yet but waiting for it...anyone heard of these, presume they are all fake and we should not waste time any more with them?

May 10, 2017
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SCAM ,SCAM,SCAM
by: Anonymous

A guy called George Edwards from New York with a contrived pauncy English voice
said a company I was scammed 1,550 euro out of sky works solutions had been liquidated and that I was due money back I confronted him and he said the conversation was been recorded and I'd be getting a law suit sent lol , these people are total scum bags dont give them anything you will lose it all..

May 05, 2017
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Don't pay upfront - it's ALWAYS a SCAM
by: Anonymous

IT'S A SCAM - repeat after me 100 times IT'S A SCAM

I really cannot believe the comments on this page from people asking if a request for insurance etc to be paid upfront before you get the cash from shares is legit. (Shares that you have previously sold, of never held)

One person even thought they should send £35,000 to the scammers to release the share money.

Please be aware. If anyone, no matter how plausible they sound, wants to give you a small fortune for shares that you have previously sold of never held, SAY NO.

IT'S A SCAM. YET PEOPLE STILL FALL FOR THE GLIB TALK.

Sorry for shouting, but how else can I get you to hear this simple message?



May 05, 2017
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US Gold Mining
by: Anonymous

Chicago Law Group's Frank Harper contacted me re shares in the above company. Offered $3.50 for the 45000 shares in my name. Very plausible English guy who laid out how the shares would have ended up in my name via stock swap. Sent for to complete via email and said because of my previous experiences delete Bank details section and request Bankers draft. Still waiting for the request to provide funds to release shares.

May 03, 2017
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selling shares
by: Anonymous

has anyone heard of a company called Osbourne-mulligan selling shares in a company called 21 century technology plc for myself but having to send 35000 pounds up front to an insurance company to make sure trade went through

May 01, 2017
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Tandem Plc
by: Anonymous

Security Capital Consultants are offering big money for scrip shares
Feels somewhat dodgy - any others ?

Apr 25, 2017
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The law firm Anders & Goldfinch "Anders & Goldfinch" does not exist
by: Anonymous

Whoever is behind this scam has created a website for a "boutique" law firm in New York that doesn't really exist. (The law firm, not the website!)

The website has been created in the hope it adds weight and realism to the story being touted about, see below.

It's a reasonably well-done effort but fortunately, in April 2017, most people are sophisticated enough to recognise a scam. I wonder how these people look themselves in the mirror every day? Do they have children? Are all other people just marks? I guess so.

I suspect this is a UK based scam and I will be contacting the police (and financial conduct authorities and internet service providers) shortly to report.


Apr 24, 2017
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Obvious scam
by: Anonymous

Same thing: Told that I apparently own 40,000 shares in some oil company I have never heard of and if I sign a form they will immediately send me $160,000 if I send them my Bank account details. Wow ! That easy. And I was only born yesterday!
Hopefully the Fraud Squad or somebody will take these people down. Some less savvy pensionersor whoever are going to get taken in.

Apr 21, 2017
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US oiltech inc
by: Anonymous

As I was scammed a few years back I think I'm on an international mugs list as these low life scammers are a regular hazard for me. James Parker from Anders & Goldfinch want me to send bank details to transfer $160000 for the purchase of 40000 shares I supposedly have in Oiltech! These cold callous liars should be terminated, PERMANENTLY.

Apr 15, 2017
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What's in it for them?
by: Anonymous

They will ask for a 'bond' before the funds are released.. Don't pay it because you won't be paid in any event..

Apr 14, 2017
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US OIL TECH INC.
by: Anonymous

Same story about Anders & Goldfinch Law Group.

Clause c. below:-

C. $160,000.00 as the total payout have been accepted by xxxx and will be paid by Anders & Goldfinch Law Group to xxxx within 5 (five) business days.

Can anyone explain what is in it for them?

Apr 14, 2017
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US OIL TECH INC.
by: MACK3

Mark Lansing today offered to sign off '40000' shares in the above which I have no knowledge of!?
He had som half cocked B.S. story about some big investor taking over the company by buying 51% of the company in shares which were held under "Nominee A/C's" and my name had 40,000 shares registered against it for which the big investor was offering to pay out $4/share!? A nice little windfall of $160,000....if only it were true!!
The smell of BS was wafting and words like Sailing, Clyde, and Banana Boat crossed my mind!
I strung him along and now there is an email in my inbox with forms to complete, scan, and send back!? I agreed to read them but asking for my windfall by cheque seemed to cause a pregnant pause. They obviously want bank a/c details and I'm sure they will catch the unwary with bait like this. Hopefully there are watchdogs checking this site and some action will be taken to CLEAN THEM OUT!!

Apr 13, 2017
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US Oil Tech Inc
by: Anonymous

To my surprise I did not receive any follow up calls from Richard Graham of andersgoldfinch in past 2 days urging me to send forms in to compliance dept., otherwise may miss out. Do you think they may read these posts and backed off? Maybe they just think they are flogging a dead horse in trying to get me on board?

Apr 13, 2017
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US Oil Tech Inc
by: Anonymous

Same story, I was contacted by a Hannah Mills saying I had 40,000 shares in above company and I was entitled to $4 a share. Would have been nice if it was true, shame people stoop so Low

Apr 12, 2017
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Oil tech share purchase scam
by: Anonymous

The company andersgoldfinch that a certain Richard Graham called from has the website created in March 2017...some more alarm bells. I need to register this company with SEC fraud team.

Apr 11, 2017
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Share scams etc...
by: Bob

Really.... all these share are scams designed only to instil a real fear of loss. Regardless of the promised sum, send no money! Remember if it seems to good to be true, there's no probably about it, it is too good to be true and therefore false! My looooong hard experience! By all means get them excited, just DON'T PAY ANY MONEY up front!

Apr 11, 2017
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Oil Tech
by: Anonymous

I have received several calls from the same number today regarding the same from Anders & Goldfinch +1-646-569-9129 asking when I can send back the forms and asking if I wanted to make money. If they fill the allotted % they need then I may miss out. Do you know who the person was you spoke with?

Apr 10, 2017
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Oil tech
by: Anonymous

I received the same call today from Anders and Goldfinch New York
I also apparently have 40000 shares that they want to pay me 4 usd a share on
The number that called me was +1-646-569-9129. Supposed to email me through some documentation

Apr 10, 2017
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Oil tech share purchase scam
by: Anonymous

So have been contacted by a certain Richard Graham (NY based but with English accent). Of course the number comes up as private. Apparently I own 40,00 shares in Oil Tech Inc. and they want to do a private stock purchase at $4/share. Sent me documentation necessary in order to pursue my compensation, saying you are required to sign and send back the copies of both your Payment Settlement Agreement (PSA) and your Private Share Purchase Agreement (PSPA) to a company called Anders & Goldfinch Law Group at address The Chrysler Building
405 Lexington Avenue at 42nd Street,New York, NY 10174, USA. Website looks dodgy with no detail about company management and no phone number.
spoke to Richard again on Friday and asked him if after sending agreement what is next step? will I be asked for some kind of release payment. He laughed and when I asked him why he was laughing, he asked if that had happened to me before.
The caller seemed to be calling from boiler room office since you could hear a lot of noise (people talking) in background.
Have not seen any adverse or scam postings on this company until I came upon this site when typing name Oil tech inc.

Apr 06, 2017
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Sopheon shares
by: Anonymous

I was contacted about them buying my 500 Sopheon shares which I have not held for about 8 years. I was told I owned about 3,700 "dividend shares" currently worth about £4 per share. SOunds like a scam to me.

Apr 04, 2017
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Osmetech
by: Anonymous

A Karen Davies has contacted me regarding bonus Osmetech shares they would hope to buy. I was unaware I had any of these.
Anyone else getting similar calls

Mar 29, 2017
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Previous connections?
by: Anonymous

I am writing on behalf of a third party who has been contacted.

They bought Bio Gas shares (supposedly) over 10 years ago. This apparently was a scam also. If the current players mentioned in these comments have knowledge of this first hand or have bought the information from the original perpetrators.
Initial contact was from David Roberts from Global Attorney Services, Boston. I have telephoned them and spoke to a very naïve receptionist - Benjamin - who when questioned repeated the phrase - 'I don't know, I just work in reception'. David Roberts never returned my call.

Robert Massey of the International Office of Regulators phoned and emailed. The New York address is not available to rent until the last quarter of 2017 (Winick Reality Group).

Michael Robert Ellick was the next to ring - from the Office Regs.

Further research brought me here and there are other sites listing the companies.
It's a scam, definitely.
Offered to select own attorney in New York to deal with the transaction - Robert Massey said, 'Can't you do it?' - strange request.

I think they are operating from Australia judging by the embedded email info.

Mar 28, 2017
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Sophisticated Scam
by: Anonymous

I have had the same scam. This time an Englishman, William Beaumont made contact. He was incredibly convincing. His address, 53 State Street Boston and company Global Attorney Services were legitimate. I signed two forms, a Private Stock and Escrow Agreement and a Payment Settlement Agreement and Mutual Releases. I requested a bankers draft for payment but no bank details.
Along with this sophisticated scam are the accompanying emotions, believing a significant windfall of $175,000 would soon be ours!
Fortunately I found this website and read of identical situations. I then rang their number mentioning I was recording the conversation. They rang off and have not called back.
How can the authorities be made aware of these grasping and devious criminals?

Mar 22, 2017
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Global Attorneys Services Boston
by: Anonymous

These Boys all sporting Irish and English accents have a very detailed Website
Some names :Michael Stein ,Nathan Bowen , Christopher Clint all working to sell shares that are mysteriously in my Name? Mind you the Bogus Company that Scammed me of a substantial amount of cash from China is the company that these Shares have been held by the Regulator in NY another set of unregistered folk who are signatories on the Documents they wish me to sign
James HANSON is the Head of International Regulators NY ( they somehow had my contact details and Post office Box Number?)
I believe that something materializing out of a deregistrating fee from a R _144 restriction is how they make their scam between themselves.

Contacted Martindale _Hubbel as they claim Peer review and high ratings standing on their website.
Received a thank you from same who have no knowledge of them and are looking into it...plus the Property Managers of 53 State st the Building they claim their offices are...Yep you guessed it!
No one there by that Name as a Tennant.
It could be that they are renting some Desk Space in the Building ...its being looked into.
Posted on ScamWarners.com these details good Forum there if anyone is interested.
As to losing one's Money in China the Federal Police in Australia can do very little and they mention that you have to be Scammed of millions before Interpol will get involved. These are not good experiences and stay with you for many years.
Hope this assists someone out there


Mar 22, 2017
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Global attorney services SCAM
by: Anonymous

Also contacted regarding shares in bio Gas incorporated. 39000 shares offering us $175000. Claiming no money to be put up front however he has not as yet mentioned the regulation s restriction. Asking us to sign quickly as funds running out.

We have been approached on two other occasions with the same offer.

The caller was English calling himself David Roberts. He's calling back today when I will tell him what he can do with his shares. Unfortunately people do fall for this. I'm not suit who to report this to. Any ideas?

Thanks

Mar 20, 2017
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Company take over share buying scam
by: Richard Adams

Much the same experience for me as cases already reported out of Boston. In my case the "Attorney" Firm is Global Attorney Services. Well spoken English chap called James Parker. Their "clients" wish to buy shares I am not aware of owning in Bio Gas Inc at $4 each. Total $156K! Got sent the forms to sign etc. Shares however are Reg S which need derestricting before I can sell. I need to pay $7000 to effect this and there is the scam. If I pay then that's the last I hear from them. Pathetic isn't it?

Mar 16, 2017
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Silverpines again
by: Charlie

just had this firm contact me about some odd company called Master Chemicals that I never owned:

Zachary Duncan

Courington Law, Boston

The follow up was Silverpines Escro

Will not send money or give out my bank details.



Mar 08, 2017
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Boston LC, Global Regulators Office
by: Anonymous

'Stephen James' originally contacted me claiming to be from Boston Legal Co, informed me that I have 39,000 shares in Bio Technologies, due to escrow agreement they are available for me to sell. Offered 4.5 USD per share, total $175K.
I suspected a big fat rat but played along, was then directed to 'Peter Fox' and subsequently Michael Ellick , both of the 'Global Regulators Office' in NY. Requested a fee to de-restrict the shares for sale and funds transfer: approx. £10k for 3 day derestriction, 10 days: £7k, 15 days 4k...of course, the pressure of time was highlighted as first 75% of people get the pay out, remainder do not.
All of the guys have a well-spoken English accent, perjaps same guy with 'different hats'.
It's a scam for the reasons that have been detailed by previous contributors. Please be aware. I'm writing this as this forum saved me from losing £10k to these crooks!

Mar 08, 2017
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Boston Legal and JohnstoneandJames
by: Anonymous

i have had these rogues contacting me offering big money for worthless shares, some of which I do not own !
I can only assume they are after my bank account because I suggested they could send me a cheque for the money, but they refuse.
Also, i am concerned that they are offering to buy shares which i do not own. You sign a legal document -- but you cannot produce the share certificate or your entitlement. Where does that leave you if they want to sue you ???

Mar 06, 2017
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The Boston Legal Company
by: Anonymous

These guys contacted me to advise me that I had 39000 Shares in a company called Bio Technologies Inc and that they were acting for a third party that was buying them for 4.5 dollars per share.

Documentation looked fine web site was fine. However when I checked their address in boston It turned out to be the Ames Boston Hotel and there was no businesses operating from the building.

At no time was there any money requested. I can only assume they were trying to get my bank account details.

Mar 03, 2017
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FORTUNE OIL SCAM ALIVE AND WELL
by: Breeze

Some tosser from USA telephoned re takeover , no doubt I was about to be told about an opportunity to sell my shares , although their database must be way out of date as I had sold them many years ago .
If you have time , string them along and see if you can reverse the scam or just generally wind them up.

Mar 01, 2017
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RALSTON NY LADBROKES HOSTILE TAKEOVER
by: Anonymous

So, Lena at Ralston New York keeps phoning asking for us to sign their emailed contract and agree to bond money of over £5,000. I asked her to send me written confirmation of the shares we own in Ladbrokes - still waiting - don't think we will be hearing from her again - she seemed confused.... beware out there...

Feb 28, 2017
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Money up front
by: Anonymous

If there's money up front, the answer is NO - simples.. There's so many of them it's a joke. Ask them if they mind if you record the conversation, it works great! They last guy said absolutely no problem, do you record all your calls he said? "I replied, most yes".. He replied ok that's fine and hung up! Kinda says it all don't you think? This outfit was apparently in Park Lane, some thing like commodities exchange is the name they went by.. Amazing Brass these people!

Feb 28, 2017
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SCAM
by: Anonymous

Has anyone heard of the company Ralston Consultancy Ltd - they say we have shares that are the subject of a hostile takeover - but to obtain any funds we have to pay a Bond up front!

This sounds like a classic scam!!!

Feb 17, 2017
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"Allied Capital Consultants"
by: TW

The above 'company' has recently tried (unsuccessfully) to carry out a similar scam on me, the main contact using the name Rachel Green. The 'transfer agents' named were Putnam International Transfers. Beware!

Feb 16, 2017
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Why no action?
by: MikeB

These scams have been going on for years, and have consistently been reported to the UK & US authorities with absolutely no effect.
Has anyone had any indication of interest or concern?

Feb 15, 2017
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INTERNATIONAL OIL AND GAS
by: Anonymous

Exactly the same as other comment here. Mulvey and Hanson and the Regulating Body of Securities and Investments (RBSI) . They Offer Large Figures for the sale of shares that need that deristricted at a cost. Then they find there are warrant shares that need Exercised at 4 warrant shares to 1 ordinary share, at a further cost, promising me $500k plus. Reported this to the SEC and the FCA

Feb 10, 2017
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Fortune Oil/Dynasty Holdings
by: Anonymous

been contacted by Olivia Green from Mergers and ACQUISITIONS of Avalon Group New York
very plausible I had sold my shares in Fortune oil prior to the takeover by Dynasty but I was informed that I had still 53000 shares and That I wasa going to be offered £1.10 per share got all the paperwork - all looked ok except for the non refundable insurance bond of $4083.00 beware

Feb 02, 2017
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Lawson Consultancy Limited, New York
by: Anonymous

Their SCAM was to try to convince small shareholders of GLANBIA that they have 20 times more shares than they have and they make a very generous offer to buy the shares. The deal needs to be kept very secret from Glanbia, etc, etc,

The SCAM is the Insurance Bond - a substantial payment (small compared to the fantasy offer to buy the shares!!) would need to be made first before the deal would close.

BEWARE BEWARE BEWARE

This is quite a sophisticated set-up.

Feb 02, 2017
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boston Law Firm
by: Anonymous

They contacted me out of the blue offering to give me $175,000 for 35000 shares? I've not been asked to pay anything yet but I noted below the name Michael Cooper offered the same to somebody else. Sounds exactly the same story line? It just sound all BS.

Jan 25, 2017
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Company take-over scam Gentech
by: Anonymous

I also have been contacted by Josh Porter and by Todd Avery, of US Mergers and Acquisitions Authority. Todd Avery today.
Luckily I checked up on your site before giving them my money.
What rats,
I hope that Trump does something about these scams.

Jan 21, 2017
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Boston Private Law Group -OilTech inc-
by: Anonymous

A Michael Cooper from Boston Private Law Group is another party in offer to me of $5/share for 35,000 shares in OilTech, which I have no knowledge of, Again need to pay 21c/share to de-restrict. This from another person a Michael Robert Ellick from The Regulatory Department of International Trading and Securities
2233 Broadway, New York, NY 10279, USA. No proofs supplied. A fake Share certificate did not impress. Paper work all looks genuine.Email address correct from online search. These Scams are getting very sophisticated. Spoof Tel numbers and perhaps we have spoof emails now as well

Jan 17, 2017
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johnston and james consultancy
by: Anonymous

this Dallas based company has contacted me three times now requesting email address to send me documentation as they have a client offering £15 a share on shares they claim i hold. checked and these shares are currently trading at 12.5p.
obviously a scam.
hopefully Trump will be able to take action against these scammers provided he actually believes that this kind of thing is going on!
come on Don; shut these scammers down and stop this exporting of criminal activity



Jan 13, 2017
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FORTUNE OIL
by: k gard

RHINE AND ASSOCIATES
Recently got contacted by the above with a 'stock redemption agreement' offering to purchase my 61000 shares in Fortune Oil (which I sold in 2015) for a largely inflated price.
Decided to return the forms signed to see the next part of the scam.
Next was a call from a Todd Avery of
US MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS AUTHORITY
He confirmed the amount I would receive and appointed a company called
SILVER PINES ESCROW
who advised me that I needed to make a payment into an escrow account of $4800 for there work and fx costs to enable the funds to be released.
Obviously did nothing but did receive a follow up call from Todd insisting that I would lose out if I missed this 'chance of a lifetime'..
Asked him for a loan as I had no funds and that I would pay back double on receipt of my windfall..
Funny enough he was not up for my deal and following some four letter exchanges he hung up....
Beware of these thieves ....

Jan 12, 2017
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Johnstoneand james consultancy firm
by: Anonymous

They called offering large price for Auckett shares. They have suggested that an insurance premium would be required to ensure completion. No doubt they would then disappear .
Another scam. Beware

Jan 08, 2017
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Baker & Bradley of Portland Oregon
by: Anonymous

Virtually the same story as listed here many times. In my own case I hold some shares in a Peruvian gold mining company which I purchased approx. 5 years ago I was sold the shares on the understanding that the company was about to list on the Frankfurt stock exchange. This did not happen. Thus I assumed I had been scammed and would have to wright my 4,000 euros off to experience. However, in due course, the company was taken over and as far as I can tell was/is being run by some genuine people. I have been contacted by a man going by the name of Benjamin Jacobsen, a very well spoken guy with an English accent. I was just about to fall into the final stages of the con. I have yet to be asked to cough up any money yet but I guess that is the next stage of the con. Once again many thanks for your web site.

Dec 15, 2016
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Defeat these Cold-Callers
by: Colin C

I posted in January 2014 when I received a call about Standard Life shares (already sold several years earlier). I never received another call - perhaps my lack of trust shone through!

However, unless you wish to keep getting these calls and continue the sport of kidding them on, the way to stop these calls is to buy a phone that comes with a Call Blocker installed. In May 2015 I bought online a set of 3 BT8500 phones with BT's Advanced Call Blocker for £55, and since then I have not had one unwanted call - from any source. This phone has been superseded by the BT8600 and BT8610 ranges which I'm sure will do the same efficient job. My set was reconditioned and as a result, about half the cost of buying from BT.

I don't use BT as my line provider, nor am I a retailer selling any of these phones. I'm just so delighted with the peace I've had since buying these phones that I felt it was worth sharing this information.

Dec 15, 2016
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Tata Steel scam
by: Anonymous

My experience is a mixture of those already reported. Cold call saying I have shares in Tata Steel who are subject to a hostile takeover by parties who are confidential but represented by Stockfield Associates and backed by an insurance company. I don't have Tata shares but the referred back to Corus shares and ultimately to a British Steel shareholding from years ago.
I guess they are targeting BS shareholders as there will be many with small holdings from the privatisation and who are more likely to be taken in by the scam.
The line is that 43% of the shareholder are institutions and they need 51% to launch the takeover so are contacting individual shareholder. Considering there must be hundreds of thousands of people with a few hundred shares like me this would be a huge exercise which is what first set me thinking it must be a scam.
They asked for an e-mail address and I have received a poorly worded non disclosure agreement that doesn't read like anything you would get from a real companies legal department.
They start the process without asking for any bank details and quote potential share prices of £5 to £14 pounds which makes it sound attractive and real. However the fact that Tata are in financial trouble and have huge pension liabilities makes it all sound a lot less plausible.
It is a little worrying that these guys are playing a longer game and getting more sophisticated. At best it is a waste of time and annoying at worst some small investors will be losing money to these crooks.

Dec 14, 2016
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RHINE & ASSOCIATES
by: Anonymous

Just a warning as all these below show how clever these scammers are becoming.. had a call saying they were willing to pay 97,000 dollars for ols shares.. contact was Nathan Stokes (British accent) , great website, but didn't take long to find the building online / FB and see no company signs and just to make sure called the office in Wilmington, Delaware and the block manager had never heard of them... Just be careful .. Rhine and Associates

Dec 12, 2016
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Colbert & Welling Scam
by: Anonymous

Many calls over the past few days claiming that I was the legal owner of 35,000 shares in Oil Tech Ltd, and being offered $5 per share.

So called "Distressed Companies" and Nominee accounts.

Calls made to me by a Thomas Hanson.

Dec 08, 2016
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Colbert and Welling scam
by: Anonymous

Yep. Me too. I was told over the phone.
35000 shares that I apparently own in Oil Tech Inc. and they want to buy them off me for $175000.
Never heard of Oil Tech Inc. I don't have any shares, let alone 35000!
and if I do own them and they are worth that much I'm not selling!
The person on the phone said if I wanted the documents posted to me I would have to pay for them!
Dont give out your bank details to anyone.

Dec 08, 2016
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Formation PLC
by: Anonymous

just had 5 phone calls from a Mr Eric Santos
working for Lawson Management Group LLC 415 madison ave Newyork
acquisition dept offering me £4--£9 per share
for 10,000 shares i had in Formation PLC
a sports management in england i was sent non disclosure forms to sign - on the form was the name of Racheal Ann Green ADMIN DEPT- last call 1 hour ago-- this is the 4th time over this last 6yrs i ve had similar call over these same shares --- who ever is trying to take over this company is not doing a very good job- SO ERIC IF URE READING THIS GO PISS UP AGAINST SOMEONE ELSE,S DOOR

Dec 06, 2016
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Right Capital Partners Limited - verbal abuse
by: Anonymous

Further to my earlier comments about this company and their share sale scam.
I received another call from Julian Patterson in their Compliance Department so I asked them to stop calling as my mother would not be responding.
He asked why and when I informed him that we believed it to be a scam, he then immediately proceeded in a torrent of abusive and offensive language and threats.
Think it's safe to say it was a scam and they weren't a professional company!!!

Dec 06, 2016
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Right Capital Partners Limited - hostile acquisition
by: Anonymous

Chloe Morisette and Karen Johansan from Right Capital Partners Limited based in US have been calling my 70+ yr old mother about a hostile acquisition of Gresham House Strategic Plc based in UK.
I have taken calls on her behalf the last 2 days, they didn't want her confirmation yet continued to discuss all the details with me at length.
Offering 5-1 increased shares and advising the hostile takeover requires sale of shares. They sent emails requesting non-disclosure and power of attorney forms to be completed and stated 10% sellers bond fee of £4,500 (fully refundable!) will need to be provided prior to the sale transaction.
Very aggressive sales script and persistence in requesting when forms will be returned fully signed.
I have been in contact with Gresham House directly in UK who confirmed this is a scam and requested this is reported to the authorities and regulators.

Dec 02, 2016
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Ladbrokes Hostile Takeover scam still going strong
by: Anonymous

in 2016. Ho Hum

Chloe Morrison of right capital partners . con (sorry com) has been pestering us. The small holding of shares belonged to our late father and this happened when we instructed a broker to sell them on behalf of the estate. Interestingly we have a contract order so they aren't even ours any more. - not that I told her that :)

would appear that the poster who suggested they were preying on old folk with small amounts of shares and that someone on the inside was tipping them off was correct. :(


Dec 02, 2016
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Colbert & Welling
by: Anonymous

I have had several cold calls from a guy calling himself Joshua. He is apparently working on behalf of a client who wishes to take over Oil Tech Inc. by requesting small shareholders to sell them their holdings. Unbeknown to me, I have acquired 35,000 shares and they are willing to transfer me $175,000 if I sign the wordy documents from Colbert & Welling, a law firm in Boston, and fill in my requested bank details and signature. Happy days! All of the calls came up 'unknown' except for one...... When googling the number, it brought up Mulvey & Hanson. I think this might be a scam.

Dec 01, 2016
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Is this another scam?
by: David

Johnston and James Consultancy Firm has repeatedly contacted me frpm Dallas wanting to buy some shares. The contacts have all the hallmarks of a scam - does any one knowmore about this #legal' firm claimong to operate in 16 countries world wide but with no details on their single web site.

Nov 28, 2016
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Wainscott Consulting scam
by: Anonymous

I have had a few calls from Wainscott Consulting - offer to buy shares - in Cambrian Mining PLC / Walter Energy Inc
Signed an NDA then got a contract referring to the need for a small Vendor Bond (just 5% of the promised proceeds!)
Tried calling the supposed Transfer Agents (Goldwell Transfer)and the call was answered by a particularly dodgy character who would not tell me where they were based
Clearly a scam

Nov 26, 2016
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Ferrum Holdings PLC
by: Anonymous

Over the last few days I've received 3 phone callS, 1 email from A Ms Alex Thompson / Acquisition Dept of Stockfield Associates, New York.
Confidentiality agreement was emailed but I smell a rat reading these other posts.
Regards

Nov 24, 2016
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Use your common sense
by: Anonymous

Do not allow yourself to be taken in by cold callers. Always give them the cold shoulder.

There are hundreds of reports on this site about attempts by cold callers trying to scam people.

Get real. If someone knocked at your front door offering you riches you would laugh in their face. So why is it different if they make the offer over a phone line?

Nov 23, 2016
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Company takeover scam?
by: Ray

I have received call on 21 November from Stockfield Associates regarding Sibir Energy. I used to hold shares but sold them 6/7years ago in a company takeover. wanted me to sign Non disclosure memo. Why ? I told them I hold no shares now but they say their legal dept will check / clarify my holdings once I return the memo sent to me by email. Going to seek advice on this as not comfortable. They have chased me by phone this evening. Where did they get my name and phone number from ? How did they know I had Sibir connection. If they know this much then they should know if I have shares ??

Nov 23, 2016
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Stockfield Associates
by: Raphael

On 18 November 2016, I received a phone call out of the blue from a Mr Bryan Park of Stockfield Associates Group, a mergers and acquisitions company in New York. How he obtained my phone number raises questions about data protection and confidentiality. He said his firm represented a client (name not disclosed) that was planning a hostile takeover bid against Totally plc, a UK comnpany in which I hold a smaller number of shares. He claimed that the institutional investors who hold 43% of Totally’s shares were going to back such a bid but need smaller investors to register their backing. I asked him what price per share I could expect and he said between £7 and £15 per share. I suspect that is way too good to be true. I said I was not prepared to respond until I had taken proper professional advice.

By this time I was beginning to suspect something not quite right and challenged him on how I could be sure he was who he said he was and was not from, say, the FBI or SEC carrying out some sting operation that could involve insider dealing or other wire fraud that could result in criminal proceedings and extradition, citing the case of 3 NatWest bankers extradited over the collapse of Enron. His reply was that he would send me a non-disclosure agreement to sign. I received several hours later an email with the letter of non-disclosure attached. Reading it leads me to think it is designed to stop insider dealing. I have NOT signed it.

I wrote to the directors of Totally (this submission is an edited version of my letter) and have now received a call back from their professional advisers to say that this is an attempted scam and that other shareholders have been in touch over this. They are aware of these types of calls, which can potentially be a tactic employed by ‘boiler room’ type operations to start a conversation with individuals, with a view to going on to obtain funds from the shareholder, or potentially recommending investments in high risk or even fictitious stocks.

I have reported this to the UK Financial Conduct Authority.




Nov 15, 2016
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Another one - Rhine & Associates
by: Anonymous

I was contacted by Mulvey & Hanson with the same numbers as below worth £152,000 but dismissed them as a scam as it was tried before on me several years ago. The operator on that occasion even sent me a share certificate in my name to prove I had the shares to sell that I knew nothing about. He was not so clever as recent operators in wanting cash up front to release the restrictions on the shares,which I did not pay,whereas both recent scammers have denied a cost would be involved. That was bound to follow. Today I have been contacted with the same patter by a so called law firm Rhine & Associates from Wilmington in Delaware. This time the shares are in Rudy Nutrition which their clients wish to buy from me. They have a website for a Delaware address but there is an identical site for a Real Estate office in Toms River, New Jersey, which may or may not be a genuine business. Caution the scammers are very plausible.

Nov 14, 2016
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Mulvey & Hanson
by: Anonymous

same here just had phone call from Mulvey & Hanson have 38000 shares @ $4.00 a share worth $152.000 happy days!!!!!! scam scam scam scam, you will be asked to send money to de- restrict your shares before you get your money!!!!! which you will never get!!! so do not send any moneys, they are scum bags

Nov 14, 2016
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International Oil & Gas - Mulvey and Hanson
by: Anonymous

Same as below. With the addition that on saying that I never heard of International Oil & Gas. I was told my shares may have come from the earlier acquisition of Material Technology (later known as Matech) - So This guy does have some background info going back about 10 years I reckon.

Nov 12, 2016
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International Ol & Gas - Mulvey and Hanson
by: Robert

I have also had the good fortune to discover I have 38000 shares in this Company and have been offered USD4 per share. I looked at the website, which I found after a bit research was actually for another lawyers where the 2 founding partners they claim were at Mulvey and Hanson. I wrote to the company to warn them they were being used and amazingly the Mulvey and Hanson founding members names changed on their website. The 2 offices they state they are registered at are both Virtual Offices where you can rent for an hour or a day. The telephone number is connected with pest calls. I have been hanging off wondering what the scam is but I have read other comments and can see where the sting in this scam is. Ill have some more fun with the scammer who calls me and waste as much of his time as I can.

Nov 11, 2016
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International Oil & Gas
by: hawksmoor

My experience regarding an offer to pay me $152,000 for a supposed shareholding of 38000 shares in International Oil & Gas at $4.00 a share exactly replicates the experience listed below.
This is clearly a very sophisticated scam and one that includes the issue of copies of "legal" documents, the use of apparently valid headed notepaper and a website purporting to be a law firm in Boston.
Interesting to see what happens next as I have not and will not part with any money.

Nov 11, 2016
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oil and gas share scammers
by: Anonymous

your not going to believe it but the exact same scam happened again to me this week and thankfully i worked it out that it was a scam. these oil and gas certs are worthless. all they want is your fee for the bogus transfer of shares. they are alive and well and working right now on anyone they can so please please just hang up. dont pay anything or your going to loose our shirt!!!!!!! watch out for:
mulvey and hanson
the registered body of securites and investments

or any english guys calling from new york or boston. they are total scum bags

Nov 11, 2016
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Re Premiership football club
by: Malc R

I remember a year or two ago hearing about a scam which was targeting small share-holders in UK football clubs. These people were regarded has likely to be unsophisticated investors, who bought the shares out of loyalty to their team, and would therefore be easy prey.

Nov 10, 2016
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International Oil & Gas
by: mfb4138

All the previous comments are on exactly the same theme and I was also very nearly taken in today.
I had a cold call from Nathan Leventhal on my mobile, no phone number dislpayed, who allegedly was working for Mulvey & Hanson in Boston. He informed me I was a shareholder in International Oil & Gas, I had 38,000 shares and this company were about to taken over (hostile). I was informed that I had 2 options sell the shares to the Law Company (M&H) for $4 a share or I could just surrender them for nothing. I obviously opted for the former. Paperwork was sent via email to me to complete and sign which duly did. The transaction was scheduled to be complete within 5 working days. Next day Nathan called me informing me that they had discovered the shares were restricted and I would need to contact the 'Regulator' which he happened to have the tel number for. A female answered the phone and put me through to Mark (also English) and he was "instantly" able to tell me that I held the above number of shares in the company, from 2011 via HSBC in Asia.
I naturally checked out IO&G, no trace, Mulvey & Hanson had a very basic website & the so called 'Regulator' also had a basic site, nothing nearly as comprehensive as FCA.
The 'Regulator' contacted me informing me that he was able to de-restrict the shares using a trusted Agent and I had 3 options:
1. It would cost me 21c per share & I would have to 4 weeks for the big pay day.
2. 25c with a 3 week wait.
3. 31c with a 2 week wait.
It was whilst I was at the bank that the penny dropped, the regulators address ended in .org and my wife noticed this site and another. Luckily no money was transferred, just a complete waste of time and one phone call to New York - phew!!!
I now wonder how far the scammers go, would they just disappear after receiving the money transfer or would they want more?

Nov 10, 2016
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Premiership football club
by: Anonymous

Has anyone heard of Johnston and James consultancy firm? Address is in Dallas Texas. Saying they act for a private client who wants to make a bid for a premiership football club who I have just a few old shares in. It just does not feel right at all.

Nov 09, 2016
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Ecotech shares scam
by: Solomon Kingsley

Beware of cold calls from Mulvey & Hanson Law and Telford and Bernstein. Trying to tell you that your 38000 shares (which you don't even have)are being bought for $4 per share. It's total CRAP!
I have forwarded their scam paperwork to Ecotech, so hope they can sort it.

Nov 07, 2016
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Aviva "incentive" shares
by: Anonymous

Same story. As I held Friends Provident shares, although sold a long time ago, I have incentive shares worth £7-£15 each!
Emailed me "non disclosure" form.
Call themselves Stockfield Associates.
Polite woman, American accent,talking a load of rubbish!!

Put the phone down!

Nov 03, 2016
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Clarkin Butler, and Mulvey and Hanson
by: Rick

Further to my post earlier today, I now realise that the law firm Mulvey and Hanson does not exist. Their website is 11 days old and says that the firm was established in 1996! Similar to the Clarkin Butler setup.
In using the name Mulvey and Hanson, the culprit has probably picked out the names of respectable Boston lawyers for his bogus site to give it more credibility.

Nov 03, 2016
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Clarkin Butler
by: Rick

A slightly different approach from "Clarkin Butler" who called me (I am in Australia).
The phone caller said he worked with Mulvey and Hanson in Boston but my cell phone traced his call back to a number which is associated with the Clarkin Butler site. He gave his name as Michael Rossi and there is a well known lawyer by that name in Boston. However, the caller had a very clear British accent and could not have been the Boston lawyer who works for another law firm.
The caller claimed that I own 38,000 shares in International Oil and Gas Company which was in liquidation and that I would be offered USD4 a share for them. I have no knowledge of those shares and it is obviously far y too good to be true. He did say that the shares could be restricted shares and I guess that the sting will come when I am asked for money to remove the restriction.

Nov 02, 2016
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Beware of Wainscott
by: Anonymous

I have just received a second call from this organisation confirming that I had 4500 preferential shares in BG. These had been awarded to be in 2008. Whilst I am a regular share buyer I have not held shares in this company for over 20 years. Went on to be told about an aggressive takeover by an unnamed organisation and that I would be offered between £7.00 and £12.00 per share. All which is backed/underwritten by a reputable insure company. But this was all commercially sensitive and not to disclose to anyone. After some simple checking between the first and second calls it was easy to disprove. BG had already been taken over and the insurance company named did not exist.

During the second call Glen continued to say that the shares were still in my name and that the records were accurate. When challenged with facts he then hung up. Beware this is a scam.

Oct 27, 2016
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Beware of Wainscott
by: Anonymous

I also have been contacted by Wainscitt who advised me I had preferential shares in Tata Steel. I had to sign a confidentiality agreement with them. They stated there was to be a hostile takeover. I requested proof of my holding. They requested money for bond of £5214. Monies they would pay me on sale of shares would be £47,514. Documentation emailed claiming to be from Capita registrars showing prof if holding. Contacted Capita and they are not the registrars for Tata Steel.
Final conversation I had with Wainscott I told them not to contact me further as I had checked and found their company was not listed in address they gave.
A real scam!

Oct 20, 2016
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Clarkin Butler
by: Anonymous

I too have been getting about 5 calls a day from a Benjamin Porter from Clarkin Butler with the same story as everyone else.
I play along which is probably a bad idea because after a while they might talk you into it.
According to my research Clarkin Butler was set up back in 1996 but there is also a Clarkin Butler website set up only a month ago, it's domain is in Malaysia.
How do these people sleep at night ?

Oct 19, 2016
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Wainscott Consulting Group & Fortune Dynasty
by: Arabian Knight

I have been contacted on a regular basis over the last few weeks by someone calling herself Katty Yang supposedly working for a company called Wainscott Consulting Group. They claim that I had Preference shares of a company called Fortune Dynasty. I used to have shares in Fortune Oil, which were bought back by the company in 2015, and Fortune Dynasty took over the company. Therefore I suspect they got my details from public record.

They claim that my share holding is now 4900, and this was allotted to me without telling me as this was a way for the company to save money. They said that even the company registrar would not have records of my ownership.

They have asked me to sign a non-disclosure agreement and told me that I cannot tell any one about this, as there is about to be an agressive take over bid of Fortune Dynasty, and the buyer would like to buy my shares to achieve a 51% holding. When they started to tell me that I would need to lodge a £5000k bond to get my proceeds from the sale, my alarm bells which were already ringing, shook themselves off the wall.

The website is a very generic website and says nothing about the company or its employees, Directors or Partners. They claim to be based at 1700 Broadway, NY - so I contacted the Buildings owner, and they confirmed that they had no company with that name in the building. Further still the nice lady told me that the area code was not correct for that area of New York and was related to an area outside New York, which I later traced to White Plains, Westchester County. In addition I found out with another search that the domain name wainscottconsulting.com was set up on the 13th September this year and expires next year 2017 on 17th September. The phone number that appears on on my mobile, is uncontacable, and I get a recorded message that it does not exist.

It sounds all so familiar to the other experiences on this site, and there is even one involving Wainscott also. Thanks for everybody who took time to right their experiences as it has just confirmed what I now already suspected and made me rest easy. It was fun investigating at least, and I am waiting for my next phone call from them which should be tomorrow - can't wait !!

Oct 19, 2016
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Global Wine Index
by: Sue - Lancs., are

My husband has been contacted by a law firm (Clarkin Butler LLP of Boston, Mas.) offering to buy non-existent shares in Global Wine Index for the 'eye watering' sum of $150,000. As far as he is aware he has never purchased these shares but he did fall foul of an investment in European Fine Wines which subsequently went into liquidation and presumably these people have got hold of the liqidator's list of investors and presumably working on the premise that
having fallen for one scam you are prey to another.

Clark in Butler does appear to exist but nothing is displayed when you search for Global Wine Index.

I would be interested to know if other investors in European Fine Wines have been contacted with a ludicrous offer.

We have now been sent a form to complete asking for - guess what!!!? - bank account details so that they can forward the $150,000 .

BEWARE previous investors in EFW these extremely plausible idividuals could be dialling your number right now. Put the phone down unless you want to lead them a merry dance as my husband is doing but without giving them any further information.


Oct 18, 2016
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Ecitech Clarkin Butler
by: Anonymous

They have been contacting me on and off for the past few weeks. Same story about shares in Ecotech. At the beginning calls were from a US phone number so stopped taking them. Then they switched to a "private number" which catches me off guard! Very rude when I challenged them and very personal questions about what $150,000 would mean to me. When I told them that was unprofessional there was a lot of abuse!

Oct 18, 2016
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Clarkin Butler
by: Anonymous

I have been contacted by a Benjamin Portman from Clarkin Butler telling me I owned 30,000 shares of Ecotech valued at $5 each.
He couldn't tell me where the shares came from and asked me did i ever invest in a unregulated company, that this was a hostile takeover.
They will send me the $150,000 if i return a signed contract with my bank details.
I asked him if I had any legal costs and he said no ( everything was paid )
He has now contacted me again to say there are restrictions on my shares and to lift the restrictions will cost $7,000 to $9,000
Pure scam .

Oct 17, 2016
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Aviva Friends life takeover share scam?
by: Anonymous

I've been contacted over the last 2 weeks about a secret hostile takeover of Aviva a UK insurance company by a US investor. Same story as the others on this site.
I'm supposed to have some incentive shares that have been increased to over 4000 & promising me a return of 50K.
These so called shares are not known to the share registrar according to the caller. The caller has an oriental voice & claims to be from a company called Wainscott who are acting as brokers. However the caller id shows a UK mobile.
They also state that 15% would need to be deposited in an escrow account to guarantee that i will commit to sell my shareholding. This will then be returned after the takeover.
I have been mysteriously selected even though i don't have any record of these shares.

No evidence is provided as to how they come about these details despite requests for this info.
As seen from the others on this site - it follows the same pattern.
So I think we all know what this means - SCAM.
Thanks to you all for listing your comments. I've been searching around for a few days trying to find out if anyone has had the same type of approach. Your comments show this is nothing new & just the amounts & company name has changed.

Oct 16, 2016
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Echotec / Clarkin Butler
by: SA

I was contacted on my home phone by a lady supposedly from Clarkin Butler in Boston, USA. She was very pleasant and convincing and had a midlands accent. Sounded like she was calling from next door not the USA. Apparently I had shares in a company called Ecotech which I owned as a result of some share I bought years ago and some sort of manipulation by brokers. Echotec were now the subject of a hostile takeover and someone wanted to pay me $5 a share for my 30,000 shares. Very good news if true but patently not true. There is no way I would give my bank details to these people. She offered to make payment by cheque but would not accept a signed form returned in the post it had to be scanned and returned by email. Avoid like the plague !

Oct 14, 2016
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Clarkin Butler
by: JL

I have also been offered $5 per share for 30,000 shares in Ecotech International which are supposedly registered in my name even though I had never heard of the company.
The Clarkin Butler website identifies Ward Stone and Mark Baxter as being founders of the company in 1996. They did form a company in 1996 called Stone & Baxter and the wording on the Clarkin Butler website has been copied word for word from the Stone & Baxter website except for a change of name and location.
I have informed Stone & Baxter of the deception and at their request sent them copies of the documents I received from Clarkin Butler.

Oct 14, 2016
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Clarkin Butler
by: Anonymous

I was contacted by phone by these people who claim to be a well established firm of lawyers based in Boston, Mas. I spoke to two men who appeared to be English who said that I owned some shares in Eco Tec Inc who were going into liquidation
They were offering to buy my 3000 shares at 5$ a share and all I had to do was provide my bank account details and sign the document on the email they sent me. I was not asked to prove my entity or details for them. Their website has only been in existence since September and their office details appear to be incorrect as their email address does not work.

Oct 12, 2016
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A Telecom company
by: Anonymous

The adage that if its sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.....is probably right here!! Clayton Fisher Advisors contacted me with initially, a very plausible scenario, eventually offering incredible amount of money, way in excess of the market price for shares that was purported to be "given" to me for holding shares in excess of 5 years and then 'ratioed' up to a ratio of 8 times the amount. Making my holding in excess of 4000 shares..... Then sent contract and told about the bond, some £4500 to be put up as insurance...If its such a good deal... just send me the money. Please take care anyone else!!

Oct 11, 2016
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Ecotech Scam!
by: Anonymous

Received a call from Andrew James Walton. Apparently I am registered owner of 30000 shares in Ecotech international. He could not tell me where they came from...it was from some kind of a takeover or a share that failed . Was told I need a to sign a Mutual Release Form to get the shares valued at $15 each. He claims to be working for Clarkin Butler, which appears to be a law firm in USA. The contact sheet for them appears to be broken. I wonder why? I will check with my trusted broker, but I think this is a scam...check it out before =you do anything

Chris P


Oct 11, 2016
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Mr A Green
by: Anonymous

Hi I have been contacted by a firm the global regulatory securities comission can you tell me if they are genuine

thanks

Oct 07, 2016
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Clarkin Butler
by: AJI

Another scam using Eco trading. Phoned by an English perosn, so was surprised when the documents were from USA.

If it looks too good to be true, it probalbly is too good to be true!!

Oct 06, 2016
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Global Green Agriculture share acquisition scam
by: Anonymous

Got called today by someone called Adam Rosen from bakerbradley-ag offering me $105,000 for £3,000 shares I bought in Global Green Agriculture years ago. I have long suspected Global Green Agriculture (aka: Global Green Capacity, Vital Farming, Growth Green, etc.) set up by someone called Andre Rafnsson to be a total scam and written off that loss already. So receiving a call today claiming the company is now registered in the US and going through a hostile takeover to offer existing investor a compensation like the amount stated above is straight-away raising alarms. After I said I’m happy to sell (to play along and see what happens next), the guy sent me 2 forms to sign supposedly to get hold of my signature and bank details. One of the documents also mentioned a phantom US regulator called American Securities Regulatory Commission. A quick search on internet reveals that none of the entities (Baker & Bradley AG, American Securities Regulatory Commission) mentioned exist in the US, and the professional looking website was set up only 3 months ago and hosted in Panama. I’ve already sent them an email ask them to explain all my suspicions but doubt I would ever receive a reply. Hope no one else has fallen for this and please all keep alert to such nasty scams.

Oct 05, 2016
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Clarkin Butler LLP
by: Anonymous

Same here, cold call about 30,000 shares I have that resulted from a scam that i did fall prey to. Told the money from the scam was invested by the scammers so I was entitled to my share of the proceeds of the alleged shares in Ecotech International Inc. Again the same price offered as in other posts of $5 per share. Just seems too good to be true.

Sep 29, 2016
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Mwana Africa
by: Anonymous

Just had someone from Karen Johannsen from Clayton Fisher offering a huge price for old shares. Once again bond mentioned - end of conversation. This was the third telephone call and very convincing and detailed - beware. Question, does Clayton Fisher exist and is it a bone fide company? are the scammers pretending to be from them?

Sep 21, 2016
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Telford & Bernstein
by: Anonymous

Telford & Bernstein have contacted me several times over the past week regarding some shares I own, along the same lines which Rodeo Rider outlines. Previously Dover Law tried the same trick but I pulled out once they started asking for money for the regulators. None of their websites work.


Sep 19, 2016
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Another one
by: gdg

Contacted with same scenario. Offered $5 per share for 30000 shares i don't own and have no paperwork for!!!! Law firm this time Clarkin Butler of Boston. Good looking web site but very little info except for founders names who when googled are a law firm in Georgia. Be careful........

Sep 16, 2016
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Global Wine Index Telford & Bernstein LLP in Boston
by: Anonymous

Same sort of scam, cold called from Douglas Harris of Telford & Bernstein LLP in Boston. If you do a reverse lookup of the telephone number on their web site it isn't them.

Avoid them unless you want to give them your cash

Sep 08, 2016
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Prudential Consultants
by: Rodeo Rider

Yes these are scam merchants. They approached me re Tandem shares claimimg I had a large number of voting shares which the company never told me about. They asked me to sign a non disclosure agreement, then offered me a silly amount of money for them as part of a hostile takeover. I would then have to send an insurance bond to an Escrow agent to guarentee I actually completed the deal once I said I would sell. This would be returned to me about 1 week after I received my payment. This is not my first rodeo, hence the name, & I know that the bond is the scam. They get my money, I get nothing, they disappear. They claim to already have 42% of the necessary 51% to takeover the company.Strangely Watkins Consultancy & now Farnhams Group also make the same claim. That makes over 120%
So whose kidding who?
Oh yes by the way I sold my Tandem shares in 2007

Hope this helps somebody else.
There's no such thing as a free lunch.
If it sounds too good to be true then it probably is to good to be true.
And other cynical comments!!

Sep 07, 2016
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Fortune Oil
by: MalcolmAnonymous

I have also been approached by prudential consultants suggesting I had 12000 bonus shares which their client was desperate to buy in an attempt to take over fortune dynasty.
They are very convincing and get you to sign a non disclosure document and then remind you that you can not discuss the transaction with anybody including your solicitor!!😄

It was only when I pushed them for the name of the insurance company allegedly under writing the transaction that they backed off. I feel sorry for anybody that is taken in by this scam but can fully understand those people who finish up being conned.



Sep 02, 2016
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Fortune Oil
by: A Knight

Same scam with Fortune Oil, claims of a financial institution from New York by Central Park. It was called Prudential Consultants. They had a false website complete with email address that directed mail to their own address.

Claims of representing a buyer who wanted the shares, very, very convincing, but too much detail. They refused to send out information by email but wanted everything done via email including an insurance bond to cover all parties transactions. OH YEAH!!!!! Like people are as green as they think.

I won't divulge the other obvious giveaways, the voices were far eastern, Philippines, Singapore or similar but I discovered their phone number was in or routed through London. The information is with the Police.

Aug 31, 2016
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Ecotech Intl hostile takeover scam by Telford and Bernstein
by: Anonymous

Been contacted by Sebastian Robinson from Telford and Bernstein in Boston to buy my non existent 30000 shares in ecotech Intl at 5 dollars a share. Essex accent, hostile takeover, escrow account, first come first served etc etc. Told him I had no shares n was v sceptical n asked how much. Said cost was zero of course but needed bank account details n signature. Email docs look good too as does the company website. Had my name address home phone n email address. May he rot in hell for the harm he does to those who fall for it.

Aug 30, 2016
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Different name, same scam in Fortune Oil
by: Anonymous

I last posted in early September 2015 when my Mother was approached by scumbags calling themselves Campbell & Partners New York, we chased them away after realising the scam. Last week she received a call from a Mr Ryan trying the same scam - the cheek of it! Despite being told that someone else had tried this before, he told us never mind about that, he was genuine! He never came back...shame, all that money we could have had. I'm sick of these parasites, would love to see them get caught & put away.

Aug 25, 2016
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MITIE Group Takeover Scam
by: JC

My wife received a call from an Asian sounding female calling herself Stephanie Allen of Clayton & Fisher Advisors of New York.

She said she was representing a company who were looking to takeover MITIE Group and that they already had a 41% holding and needing to acquire another 10% stake and we're offering to buy at a price somewhere between £8 & £17 per share. Current Share Price £2.74!

She said she would send a Non-Disclosure document to sign if we were interested.

My wife sold her share holding years ago!

Aug 19, 2016
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Lynch & Mullin / Winex scam
by: Anonymous

Yes, I think I worked out what the scam was. Basically in the legal documentation they mention some bogus govt agency (they set up their site just a few days prior) and tell you that the money will be held with them in escrow.

I'm more than certain that this 'agency' will then ask you for some processing fees before 'releasing' the funds.

Classic advance fee fraud with a twist.

Aug 19, 2016
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Winex / Lynch & Mullin What is the scam?
by: Anonymous

Hi Yes I 'Get it' re. to cold calls, I tend to waste as much of their time as possible :-) However, I usually understand the scam... Re. Winex/Lynch Mullin, I had a lawyer friend of mine with USA connections, check it because I couldn't 'see the scam'. First was - no such company, no company reg on docs. in fact, nothing adds. Still the question remains... If all they want is my bank details and ask for no money, WHAT IS THE SCAM!? Anyone worked it out?

Aug 19, 2016
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share purchase
by: Anonymous

Ref, Lynch & Mullin LLP. John Stockwell (if that is his name) He offered me $5, per share for my 30000 shares and the paper work did look pretty authentic.

Aug 19, 2016
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If it's too good to be true.............= scam
by: Anonymous

If it's too good to be true.............= scam
I am still amazed at the number of posts on this site from people hoping that there experience is not a scam. NEVER deal with any cold caller, or do so at your peril.

Aug 18, 2016
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Lynch&Mullin seek to buy EcoCare Global Inc.
by: Anonymous

A man calling himself Thomas Moore from Lynch & Mullin LLP has called my father and offered him $5 per share for an imaginary 30,000 shares of a non-existent EcoCare Global inc. He has submitted an impressive looking set of documents and when I called him he babbled about a hostile acquisition and became very defensive when I called him a scammer.
I had been wondering how the scam worked and I now think it is based on the idea that the imaginary $150,000 is transferred to an escrow account that my father would then be expected to pay Lynch & Mullin to help extricate by means of paying them a fee to work with the "Securities Board of Regulation of New York" to provide a share certificate without which the sale will not be valid.
The scam depends on picking on someone who is suffering from memory loss that can be persuaded that they do own the shares or on finding someone who is greedy enough to chase the money even though they know that they have never owned the shares.

Aug 18, 2016
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Lawson Management Group
by: Anonymous

My husband has been contacted by Lawson Management Company in New York regarding his Fortune Oil shares. They have said they have someone who wants to buy them at a ridiculously high value. They have emailed non-disclosure documents for him to complete and return. Does anyone know anything about them?

Aug 17, 2016
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Lynch & Mullin, LLP / Winex scam
by: Anonymous

It looks like these guys are quite busy, I got a similar call from a chap named "Mark Schratton" about my "shares" in a company Winex Inc.

I must say that they/ he is quite clever - the story kind of made sense, they have a nice website, the legal documentation, they even send you a share certificate.

Just a few details didn't quite add up:
- Lynch & Mullin LLP does not exist (check the Massachusetts commercial registry)
- Winex Inc does not exist (check the Nevada trade registry)
- All the website they mention (theirs and some bogus regulatory agency) were registered just weeks ago

I must say, these scammers are improving...

Aug 17, 2016
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Lynch & Mullins / Eco Care Global inc?
by: Robert

Not unusually, the 2nd this week, a cold call from Andrew Williams of Lynch & Mullin LLP Boston MA. offering to purchase 30,000 shares from me for eco care global inc want to buy at $5 ps. £150,000. He was unspecific as to what the shares were. 1. The Attorneys don't come up in search of Boston MA. 2. A GPS phone search (which I'm unsure of tbh) seemed to show the location near Barking Essex. (he had an east end accent)(Verizon VOIP service I think). 3. IP address routed through Paris France too.. 4. Cannot find Eco Care.. etc. All mega sketchy and obviously dodgy. My question is, if they ask for NO MONEY, just my account details for deposit, what's the scam? What am I missing????

Aug 16, 2016
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Lynch and Mullin boston Scam
by: Anonymous

Same as below Got a phone call out of the blue with a good story number was from Boston found the website and all looks like it added up. He rattled of 4 or 5 companies that I could have been invested in and surprisingly mine came up as number 3.
Only problem was when I said I wanted to surrender the shares he got aggressive and asked why. When I said sounded to good to be true he hung up.

Watch out

Aug 16, 2016
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Clayton Fisher
by: Anonymous

I have had an email and two follow up calls offering to sell some shares i no longer own.

They haven't asked for money yet but have talked about a "bond".

It takes a lot to catch me out but I want other people to be warned.

Paul


Aug 14, 2016
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Still ringing
by: Anonymous

Further to our comments 2.5yrs ago - call out of the blue (we'd changed our phone no but still kept our mobile!) saying we'd been conned and they would now try and get our money back - if we follow their normal corrupt instructions! Told them where to go! Watch it folks - we were conned once but now wise to it!

Aug 11, 2016
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Lynch&Mullin
by: Anonymous

I too got a phone call out of the blue from this law firm saying there were shares in Eco Care Global which they could sell on my behalf for £150,000. This was followed up by an email with a lot of legal jargon and a form for me to fill in. I didn't bother. I got a follow up phone call trying to persuade me comply. Before giving up he said " Do you not believe there are firms which care about doing good by other people?".

Aug 09, 2016
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birmingham international holdings - prudential group
by: Anonymous

same type of comments as below - they have 41% they need 51% - first come first served - £7 a share - for shares I've old - supposedly i have bonus shares!!! awaiting the email... but obviously a scam

Aug 09, 2016
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Clayton and Fisher Advisors
by: Anonymous

Beware!! Amanda Sanchez wants to buy my obsolete Pennine Aim V.C.T. shares for £8 -£15 each. Obvious scam so please warn others. These thieving scumbags need stopping.

Aug 08, 2016
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Hostile takeover
by: Anonymous

Being 'groomed' by Thomas and Johnson for my Iberdrola shares - very detailed and professional!
Anyone else come across them?

Aug 08, 2016
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A new twist
by: Malcolm

Hmm, the Cockney accent is a new twist ... always been reported as Asian or Hispanic in the past!

Aug 08, 2016
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Lynch & Mullin LLP
by: Anonymous

Same as all the others on this very enlightening forum. Offering to sell 30000 eco care global shares @ $5 each for 3rd party. Name of contact John Stockwell (cockney accent). Googled Lynch & Mullin Boston attorneys and nothing came up for law firm only website info that it had only been set up in the last few weeks. Website, as you'd expect, looks perfectly legitimate. Contemptible scum attempting to leech off vulnerable people.

Aug 05, 2016
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Gaming insight
by: Anonymous

Just been contacted by Clayton Fisher advisors about some shares in gaming insight I bought in 1999 who turned into asia capitol plc then went to the wall nice lady said hostile takeover be worth £7 to £15 a share so I googled it and found this Site! Moral is if it looks to good to be true you know the rest....

Aug 02, 2016
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Reported but needs action
by: Anonymous

Same story - very clever, very detailed. The most at risk are the older generation who don't have access or don't use the internet to check any of this. A great one for social media to snuff out if we can.


Aug 02, 2016
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confidentiality agreement malware
by: Anonymous

Similar Story, but they wanted me to sign a confidentiality agreement which they emailed to me. Of course it was malware.

Aug 02, 2016
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Eurotunnel share scam
by: Anonymous

Todays scam was to buy my Eurotunnel shares an investor was prepared to pay for them etc.
Yawn yawn nice try!

Jul 29, 2016
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Yeah, me too...
by: Anonymous

Same old story, a female (couldn't place the accent but I thought it was more Latino) phoned claiming to be from Grove Capital Advisors Ltd of New York. Apparently, my worthless shares could net me £53,000 if I would just send them £4,500 as a bond of my commitment to sell!

Initially, although I knew that it was a scam, I was intrigued by how, exactly, I was going to be defrauded. It was only when the bond deposit was mentioned that the light came on.
I agree she, [Deborah Carlos in my case], sounded very professional and clued-up. I got to even asking her what the weather was like in New York [having first checked before her expected call] and her answers were vague enough to sound plausible.

The website, I agree, looks very convincing, although the picture on the Home Page is, suspiciously 'stretched'. I found a warning about the fraud on www.scamwarners.com which gives links to a site giving details of their Web page set-up. I have tried to contact the ISP but was not able to. I then tried to complain to Google but that, apparently, is a waste of time. If there is someone with the time, inclination and IT savvy that can follow up on this, it might be possible to have the site closed. They'll just set up another one, I know, but 'someone' needs to do something.......

Jul 28, 2016
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SCAM need Reporting
by: Anonymous

Scam! Exactly the same thing as you all.

I thought as much and after reading all your comments it has confirmed my thoughts.

These guy's need reporting!

Lucky for me I did not proceed but looked into it further!

Jul 28, 2016
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Costello and rubin
by: Anonymous

Exactly the same as other comments, Costello and Rubin. When I called them and told them to rearrange the saying 'stuffed get' they were extremely unpleasant but I've still got my money.

Jul 27, 2016
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Scam
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the heads up. Just had a couple of calls about a handful of shares I hold in a company and the pitch mirrors exactly what is detailed below. Interestingly the exceptional price offered was less than the current value! Since I advised that I knew it was a scam, the NDA has not arrived by email and no more calls..

Jul 26, 2016
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SCAM SCAM SCAM
by: Anonymous

Just ask yourself: Why would someone you don't know suddenly make you a wonderful offer for shares you know are useless.
Answer: SCAM- SCAM- SCAM

Jul 25, 2016
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Share Buying Scam
by: Londoner 68

Had thomas and johnson consultancy newyork wanting to by my fortuneoil shares is this a scam

Jul 22, 2016
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claytonfisheradvisors
by: Anonymous

beware boiler room scam.
all paperwork website looks OK A lady called "Amanda Sanches" from New York but sounded more like the phillipines / Thailand. says I own 1500 shares in a company and they want to buy the at 4X the share value to takeover the company. Beware SCAM SCAM SCAM!!!!!!!!!!

Jul 20, 2016
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Costello and Rubin
by: Anonymous

Phoned me and said I had 30000 shares in Eco Care Global and that their "client" would pay me $5 per share for them. Sent me paperwork and P.S.A and P.S.P.A forms to fill in. They then bombarded me with telephone calls urging me to fill in my Bank details into which the $150000 would be paid . Eventually told them where to go!!

Jul 18, 2016
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company incentive shares
by: Jupiter999

My pensioner Mother was contacted tonight several times by a foreign sounding lady saying she wanted to buy some none existent shares in Rentokil initial for a crazy price between £7 & £15 wanting my mother to e-mail a consent form immediately to them stating that they wanted to takeover Rentokil. She explained that she no longer had any shares in the company when the person said they were incentive shares and there would be no certificate for them. She was very keen to get the form back ASAP. Beware SCAM!!!

Jul 16, 2016
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Capita scam
by: Marilyn

Since posting a few days ago I have learned that there is a red flag against CCMGT Management - do not send any money to them in the Philippines.

Jul 15, 2016
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Costello and Ruben
by: Anonymous

Same as below
Very convincing at first, paperwork all seems very real.
if it's to good to be true, it probably isn't
beware!!!!

Jul 14, 2016
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Costelloe and Rubin
by: Anonymous

Costello and Rubin Boston

Called to inform of a hostile takeover of Eco Care Global. Told me I had 30000 shares and wanted to buy them for 5 dollars each. Advised there was a restriction on them and could be lifted through a regulator based in New York for 10k. Emailed psa documents and copy of share certificate etc. Very convincing at first ............beware

Jul 14, 2016
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Grove Capital Advisors Ltd
by: Anonymous

Clay - yes, see my post of 2 June.

Jul 13, 2016
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Grove Capital Advisors Ltd anyone?
by: Clay

I have document from Grove Capital Advisors Ltd, acting for a company who wish to buy some worthless old shares of mine. Value now £48,000 if I pay a bond of £4,851to an escrow agent that I can not identify on the internet. Looks very like a scam. Anyone els heard from them?

Jul 13, 2016
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Beware Capita
by: Anonymous

Also been contacted by Capita supposedly of 3rd Av NY to buy penny shares which I had already sold in a company which has since been dissolved

Same story as posts on June 3rd and July 1st.

Jul 13, 2016
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Northern Petroleum scam
by: Marilyn

Also had a call for Sean Mackenzie of Capita also ending up with a bond needing to be paid through CCMGT in the Phillipines. The next stage is that warrants are attached to the bonds and if you want to exercise the warrants more money has to be paid through the same bank. Fortunately our bank was on the ball and raised the red flag. Sun ore International was also mentioned as the transfer agent who would hold the money. BEWARE Sean Mackenzie and the paperwork that comes through are very convincing.

Jul 13, 2016
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Out of the blue offer to buy poor UK shares
by: Anonymous

Sound helpful comments/advice posted here. UK pensioner contacted 'out of the blue' one evening by phone. Offer to buy my few dormant poor yield shares in Initial Rentokil Plc. Listened to a clever Asian lady's pitch, 'smelt a rat' and replied NO THANKS. Good to have confirmation here of this well documented scam. Do not fall for this or similar scams. Always remain alert, investigate such offers and get advice from trustworthy friends or orgs' if in doubt!

Jul 12, 2016
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Bogus Call !!
by: Anonymous

Received a call from Mary Dawson saying my shares would be bought for £4 if I sold within days. She said they needed to get to 51% from the 41% they already had. My shares are worthless, had them for years. You know the saying "if its too good to be true - it probably is" - Am waiting for them to ask for a fee payment up front - I will hold the phone line as long as possible - before dropping the bombshell !!! lol !!

Jul 08, 2016
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Costello and Rubin, Boston
by: Anonymous

Found some old shares acquisition vehicle acquired 24% want to get to 51%. Will buy my worthless shares for $5 each, 30,000 shares. I'm rich! Just leave them $5k and they'll sort it. Yes, fantastic deal...... To good to be true! Beware

Jul 01, 2016
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CapitaTeam
by: Andy

Got a call from Sean MacKenzie, they also call from a witheld number. The company seems to be based in New York, and there calls are about a documented takeover scam where they say a 3rd party wants to buy your worthless penny shares and need a bond. This is where they ask for money.

I will tell him its a scam when he asks for money, its his phone bill he is wasting not mine.

Jun 17, 2016
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Group Capita
by: Anonymous

An operative for Group Capita called Grace Smith
offered to buy my valueless shares for a third party if I paid £4500 into a bank in the Phillipines.

Jun 13, 2016
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Cannon Corporate Consultants ripoff
by: Anonymous

I have received phone calls from Richard Lee and a woman called Olivia.They purport to work for Cannon Corporate Consultants. They told me their client wishes to purchas my BT shares for a ridiculous proce in order to acquire 51% of the company -a hostile takeover. They have sent me through a non-disclosure form so that the deal can move forward. Very professional sounding phonecall and good-looking website. I recall now having read this site that the whole deal was going to be underwritten -I wondered what that was all about -they haven't yet mentioned me parting with a "bond" but they are calling me back in 30 mins :)

Thank you very much for this website and for alerting me to the scam ...I will have a little fun with them. I hope they go to jail because I am sure they succeed in ripping off a lot of peole including the elderly and vulnerable.

Jun 07, 2016
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Gruber Tayler is the latest name to pop up
by: Anonymous

Couldn't find anything about this company online except for their website.

Called with the hostile takeover scam as discussed above. I decided to let them send me an email so I could investigate a little further and have some details. They sent a surprisingly professional and well done PDF as an NDA. Address given was a Regus, which you can never trust.

They're not going to hear from me again and I've reported this to the registrars managing the shares so they can inform the shareholders to be careful. They can also do any required legal work, but it's going to be difficult.

Awful people and, like most scams, is designed to appeal to people's greed. You can see how it works. Do be careful. They do this because it works. Year in, year out. It's like the trademark scams, company registration scams, and so on... they're looking for people not paying much attention, or people who are greedy. And they never seem to get stopped, or there are just so many out there having a go for the easy money that the authorities just end up playing whack-a-mole.

Jun 03, 2016
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Buy useless shares
by: Anonymous

A firm called Group Capita of 3rd AVe,New York, a Mr Jackson wanted to buy shares worth nothing for a 3rd party offering fantastic money ,but wanted a bond of £4,900 first .


Jun 02, 2016
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Grove Capital Advisors Ltd
by: Anonymous

The lovely Olivia has also contacted me offering to buy shares that I know I don't own in Panmure Gordon for a ridiculous price and an insurance bond is a pre-requisite.

May 16, 2016
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Watters and Partners New York Avoid,Avoid Avoid
by: Bertyboy

Recently contacted (April 2016) By Olivia Moss of the above company. She told me that shares I owned in a company named Osmetech that had been taken over by Genmark (USA) was itself going to be subject to a hostile takeover. Her company was handling this for their takeover client. Watters had a very amateurish web site and later I was to discover that many other websites used the same template all of which I believe are scams sites. There address was in Manhatten but not the best part and was probably only an office telephone and desk.

After establishing I owned some shares she informed me that her client was willing to pay between £7 and £17 pounds per share. That to achieve this the whole deal must be kept secret
and a non disclosure form would need to be signed. Very clever and very slick. I can feel that money already. I signed the document she told me that there had been a some splits carried out over the time I had owned the shares and that now I had 4400 shares (WOW I AM A LUCKY DUDE) the final price I was told by Olivia was £12.65 not £17 but what the heck 50 odd grand would do. She sent the contract and I looked at it carefully it seemed great. But I did not have 4400 shares I only had proof of 1000 I asked her how could I sign the shares over that I did not own Oh! and by the way who were the company registrars. He brushed over this and went on to tell me that they would only pay this money for the first 51% so I needed to sign and commit to an Insurance Bond some 8% of the total monies I would receive.
WHOA that would be around £5600 this is serious. I asked for proof that I owned these shares and that to sign her contract without that proof could be construed as fraudulent.
Well guess what she implied I was stupid and missing out on a great deal. She was good very good. I said thanks but no thanks. She put the phone down. Did I miss out on the deal of my life? I don't think so rather saved £5600. I poured myself a scotch (rather large) and congratulated myself on REMEMBERING MY DAD@S ADVICE. IF IT LOOKS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE IT USUALLY IS. AND IF YOU CAN'T SEE THE MARK... THE MARK IS YOU.

May 13, 2016
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Scam in Luxembourg
by: Spinazzo

Balmoral Group International is a scam.
Do not invest
Professional thieves from Asia

May 10, 2016
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Campbell & Partners
by: Charles

"Belinda" called from Campbell & Partners in New York. The shares in question are Perpetual Income and Growth Investment Trust. Crazy offer (£7–15 for a share currently worth less than £4) This firm is already on the FCA's list of bad guys: www.fca.org.uk/news/warnings/campbell-partners-ltd. Thanks to all for alerting me to this kind of scam.

May 04, 2016
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A call from New York
by: Anonymous

I've just had a call from "Cannon Corporate Consultants" of new York, offering me £5-10 per share for my 2000 shares in a defunct company, ostensibly because of its intellectual rights.

Poor English, non-disclosure agreement to be emailed, etc.

I guess they got my details from some shares register.

I was just preparing to mash some potatoes, so I let him talk for a while.

May 04, 2016
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renold plc
by: Anonymous

American lady, not Asian, but the same message. Wanted to acquire 51% controlling vote of the company. I had, apparently, 3200 incentive shares, which would be bought at a price between £7 and £14 per share (do the maths). As this was an International dealing it would need to be insured and the insurers would need some money from the buyers and sellers (to be returned later) up front. I was wondering where I had to pay. Best forget it all.

May 03, 2016
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TATA STEEL, BRITISH STEEL, CORUS Shares
by: Anonymous

Following below. Just had some woman with an Indian accent from NY offering between £7 and £15 for British Steel shares that I sold years ago. Repeatedly told her they were all sold but she insisted on sending me the non disclosure email as mentioned below. She never mentioned anything about sending cash but recon that comes next, so as soon as I got shot of her I googled it and hey presto came across this post. Cant wait till the scamming bitch calls me back asking about the email - will be politely told to go &*^% herself. Hope this helps others

Apr 25, 2016
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Cannon Corp Consultants
by: Anonymous

My mother was contacted by Asian sounding Jack Green. As per previous posts, wants a signed confidentiality agreement returned as a matter of urgency to secure 51% share in a company. My mother thinks she had sold these years ago, but in the last month she received a proxy bid form for a merger (coincidence??). Having read the comments on this page, it is obviously a scam, although so far we have not been asked for any money. The address on the confidentiality agreement is the same as mentioned in a previous post … 240 W 35th Street NY
I have contacted the registers of the company concerned to see if she does actually have shares, and will sell them for her on the open market, she may be lucky enough to get a little windfall from this, rather than being a scam victim.
Thanks to everyone who had bothered to leave comments. What would we do without google!

Apr 19, 2016
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Bogus Share Dealing
by: Boggo inc

This company is still trying this scam by pretending to be acquiring shares on behalf of a client, in this case they were supposedly trying to acquire Arris shares. The insistence on confidentially is intended to prevent you from discussing it with anyone else and finding out that it’s a scam. The urgency and pressure to act quickly reduces the possibility of you checking up on the company or running a web search. You are asked to pay for a bond, that is allegedly refundable, before the transaction can go through. Don’t get involved, sign anything or transfer any money you will just lose your money.

Apr 16, 2016
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Cannon Consultants
by: Rose

I too received call from an Asian sounding lade from Cannon Consultants offering to purchase my Aviva Shares and I too received their "confidential" document which I sent to Aviva for their comments. The same woman phoned again but my daughter answered the phone and she was subject to a very abusive outburst when she told them that she was not me! Aviva informed me that this company was not entitled to share dealing in this country - they had not received any previous information about them but they would forward my email to the registrar.

Apr 15, 2016
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Beware Cannon corporate consultants
by: Anonymous

April 15th got a call from "Jessica Winter" from Cannon corporate consultants offering to buy my Aviva shares for £8 to £15 per share so that their "client" could acquire enough shares for a takeover. Sent me a confidentiality agreement to sign first.They have a glossy website but interestingly there are no names of personnel /CEO etc which should ring alarm bells. Their address is given as 240 W 35th street New York. Both she and another guy (who phoned later to check I had their email) sounded Asian. Having read your posts I now know it's as I suspected - a SCAM. How do these people sleep at night??

Apr 14, 2016
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Reflec scam
by: Anonymous

Have had same calls as I used to own shares in Reflec,sounds very convincing until they mention depositing a bond,I wound her up then blocked the number.Please don't part with any money or give any info out.

Apr 14, 2016
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Gladstone shares 2nd scam
by: Dennis White

I once owned some Gladstone shares and last year had many, many calls from an oriental sounding lady phoning from New York wanting to buy my then defunct shares for a company who wanted to takeover Gladstone plc.

It sounded very legit until she wanted money from me to pay for some sort of insurance. When I told her I didn't have any money she stopped phoning.

Lo and behold, yesterday 13 April 2016, I had two calls from a Karen Johannson (her name crops up in an earlier report on this page) in New York trying the same scam for my Gladstone shares.

I challenged her about the previous scam which she denied, and said she would never require any money from me.

She said she would send me an email about non-disclosure and call back.

I then Googled Gladstone shares Scam and came across this site.

When she rang back and I told her that I had seen her name on this site she hung up and has not called back.

Apr 11, 2016
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Cannon Corporate Consultants
by: Anonymous

I have received a call from the above company in NY wanting to facilitate the purchase of many 'incentive shares' I apparently own in a racing company. In the past I did own ONE ordinary share in the company but now it seems to have become thousands and someone wants to buy them for an amazing price as part of a take over, to achieve 51% of the stock. During the last phone call a fully refundable insurance fee has been mentioned of between 10%-20% which I would have to send them upfront to complete the sale! It sounded very plausible for a while until the fee was mentioned. I am awating a call back from them but will not be parting with any money.

Apr 04, 2016
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olivia
by: Anonymous

Contacted on many occasions. Believed everything until they asked for money up front. 10%. Was not keen to part with any money so checked around and found this site and these comments. No thanks Olivia. As they say you don't get anything room nothing.

Apr 01, 2016
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Thedfordadvisors
by: Anonymous

An elderly relative has received 14 calls over the last 48 hours pertaining to a large amount of shares in a now defunct company. Large sums of possible profit were mentioned so my relative went along with non-disclosure agreement and emailed a copy to Thedford Advisors. The caller was of possible male Asian origin but called 'herself' Karen Johanssen. Another family member used their own computer to email and is now worried about possible security threats.

I believe my elderly relative was approached due to his age(92)and the fact they understood little of technology and internet etc. I have advised not to take any further calls from 'Karen'

Mar 28, 2016
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Thedford Advisors NY still on the scam
by: Anonymous

Contacted on two occasions by this company with a very poor speaking New Yorker? regarding shares in Corus which i sold years ago , thought it sounded to good to be true contacted today 28/03/16 again on land line asked if info had arrived via email it had not , as other people have said big sums of money talked about to good to be true of coarse it is BEWARE IT IS A SCAM . The other letters here back this up.

Mar 16, 2016
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THEDFORD ADVISORS LTD NEW YORK
by: Anonymous

My husband was contacted out the blue on our landline from this company. They were offering to buy his shares in Mitie PLC a company he left many years ago...They knew a lot of information on my husband and were very convincing that he had shares he was unaware off.....we went along with it and were sent the document to sign stating non disclosure and agreement to sale etc......The long and short of it was they offered us £59,492.00.....for shares we did not know we had!!! Oh but they wanted us to deposit a bond of £5560.00......I don't think!!!

Mar 10, 2016
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W Parker Consulting LLC/Ravenmount
by: Anonymous

My wife had a call about this - someone wanting to acquire a controlling interest on the quiet and pay a lot per share. He knew her phone and email, which is worrying. Non disclosure email arrived soon after, which really rang the warning bells.


Mar 09, 2016
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Beware of Too Good to be True Offer
by: Not so Daft

I was contacted 8th March by John Harrison of W.Parker Consulting New York, re a proposed hostile takeover of CEPS a holding company based in Bath. He wanted to know how I got the shares and when I said they were inherited he wanted to know from whom? He said they would offer between £8 and £19 per share and if I didn't agree I would be left with a worthless piece of paper when the takeover goes ahead! The Non-Disclosure Agreement has now arrived! The old addage applies - if it sounds too good to be true it probably is! Seller Beware!

Mar 01, 2016
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W Parker Consulting
by: Tony Uk

Had Asian guy trying to buy my scipher shares in an aggressive takeover for W Parker Consulting LLC New York.
Scipher ceased to be 10 years ago and this is the 4th time I have had the same scam,couldn't be bothered to play them as long as previous , but he did say I was being recorded and the company could take legal action against my accusations , I told them to take payment from my share money.

Feb 24, 2016
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BAA Scam
by: Anonymous

Apparently my 440 BAA shares which were taken over by Heathrow Holdings in 2006 acquired a 45-1 bonus which was overlooked and Edward Collins are acting in a hostile take over. I get £12.11 per share and have to provide 8% for the Security Bond - almost £4000. Lots of phone calls from New York and all very convincing. I can see how one could be taken in and send them the Bond money - which you are guaranteed to get back within 7 days of completion! And it could be 7% oversubscribed so don't delay. But I have no shares to sell !
Too good to be -----

Feb 19, 2016
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Edward Collins Associates opportunity!
by: Socrates

I was contacted by a very polite oriental- sounding lady with a view to assisting with an agressive take-over of Emerson Electric, in whom I had a some shares via a company previously taken over. Over a period of about 2 weeks I had several phone calls from New York on behalf of Edward Collins Associates. Their web-site looked very professional. They passed me a non-disclosure agreement, also requesting the number of shares I owned. Their Legal Dept. confirmed my share holding and I was eventually quoted a high value for the shares - with a view to establishing a 51% confirmed stake. Subsequently I was advised that 58% had offered to sell. A contract was passed for me to sign. A bond was being raised to cover both the vendor and the purchaser against one of them pulling out from the deal. 90% of the value of the bond was being underwritten by an insurance company with the remaining 10% to be financed by me, to be returned when the 51% had been fully financed. Their offer was sent to me just before they knew I would be going on holiday, leaving just a couple of hours to send a fund transfer by SWIFT to their bank in the Phillipines. Speed was of the essence because only the first 51% of respondents would gain the benefit of the terms being offered. At this point I discussed the matter with others and looked on google as suggested. Thanks to all previous contributions to this site.

My major concerns were the very high value being offered and the repeated calls (taking their time) for a such a minnow in terms of a total take-over.

Feb 19, 2016
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W.Parker Consulting LLC
by: Anonymous

Have been dealing with Simon Belfort on the phone and email from the above company operating from 6 Hanover Square New York NY 10004 that has a very convincing web site who deal in Purchase and Acquisitions. The same old story of not to speak to anyone about it and had a Non-Disclosure document to sign. Shares offered at £12.50 for Woolworths PLC which ceased trading 2015.

Christopher A Lewis (Vise President) East International Transfer operating from 210 East 47th Street New York NY 10017 who has also a very good web site would be the Bond Agent and need my £4964.as an Insurance Bond for the acqusition if the Purchasers did not go through which would mean I still would receive my £65960 plus my Insurance Bond money back.

I did my own scam and played along for 2 weeks backwards and forwards even getting a further reduction on the Insurance Bond to £2481 and a new document from their Legal department as I said I could not afford the Insurance Bond but may be I could sell my car if if the Bond was cheaper. Fair Play to Simon Belfort for sounding and being very professional with his sales talk so beware.

I Googled Earth both companies addresses and was not convinced of the buildings, nor could I confirm any evidence elsewhere on the internet the companies legitimacy on Company Listings and searches. What I did confirm was that the website/domain was only started up last month.

After eventually letting Simon Belfort know it was a scam and hoped he had enjoyed mine....silence.

Feb 16, 2016
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Edward Collins & Associates
by: W McIntyre

Just called offering me between £7 and £13 for my Vodafone shares. They knew how many I used to have, so some homework must have been done, but were clearly unaware of the Vodafone/Verizon deal a couple of years back.

The callers name was Anna Wolfe and for a New Yorker her English was extremely poor.

They'll need to try harder to get cash out of this Scotsman's sporran!

Feb 11, 2016
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Scam
by: Anonymous

My husband's mother was just contacted by Edward Collins and Associates on the phone with the same thing as you guys have reported. She asked me to check into it and I found this site, thank you so much! When I saw the NonDisclosure agreement they sent her, and also the cheesy website I knew something was up, this confirmed it for me. What was scary was that they knew exactly how many shares we had, how would they know this without hacking into an old website or finding some old files?

Does anyone know how to report these scammers? I skyped the number directly and told them in no uncertain terms that I knew it was a scam and they were not to contact me, my husband or my mother in law ever again. It sounded as if they were in a coffee shop or launderette. Scary

Feb 09, 2016
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Yet another Bradley & Rodger
by: Andy C

Some guy, sounded British, just called me asking why I hadn't responded to their letters. Said he was a solicitor and they were trying to contact me about compensation for my Tandem shares.
I just hung up this time, but as usual, he sounded authoritative, imposing.

These tossers are good, PLEASE don't get sucked in.

Feb 05, 2016
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Edward Collins & Associates
by: Noise77

My father-in-Law passed away a few months previous, and they contacted my Mother in Law to say that they had a client who was taking over a company (Caplay)whom my Father in Law had bought some penny shares in years ago, As I was looking after my Father-in-Laws estate they contacted me (Olivia, a very polite and nice sounding lady). The offer was that the interested party wanted to buy my shares off me for between £8 and £15 per share, I was then asked to fill in and send back a Non Disclosure Agreement. I did not state the number of shares that I was holding, a couple of days later I was called again and told that I had a holding of 3000 shares and this was being verified by the Legal department. If you google Edward Collins Associates, you can find a web site, quite convincing but does not contain a lot of detail) They left it a day or so and contacted me again, this time to say that after checking my holding and due to reissue of stock etc. my holding was now 6000 shares and would I like to sell them. I said that I was interested. I was called again a couple of days later and discussed the matter further at this point we discussed details of a bond being raised to cover both the buyer and the seller against one of us pulling out of the deal. At this point I decided enough was enough and dropped them an polite email asking them not to contact me. So beware the pattern is to gradually string you along before the sting, where I presume you will part with some card details to enable them to get hold of your money and ride off into the sunset. Thanks to all previous contributions to this site.

Feb 04, 2016
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Re Sigur Capital
by: Malc

Neat idea to use Google Earth and call the coffee shop - lateral thinking, well done!

Feb 03, 2016
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Sigur Capital
by: Anonymous

Received a call from a "JOHN" of Sigur Capital in NYC who says I have 14,500 shares in a company Xiaomi Inc which was about to be taken over by Alcatel. He had my email address etc and sent me the "Confidentiality Agreement" to sign which I did and sent it back to him. I also told him my lawyer was checking it out and he said that I had broken the confidentiality agreement, however he would not tell his boss and would still go ahead. Next he sent me a "Share Purchase Agreement" which when signed allowed him to buy my shares on behalf of Alcatel etc etc. Of course John was offering me a payout of thousands of dollars. So I checked out the Sigur Capital address on Google Earth and found the so called building. Just down the street was a coffee shop with a phone nr on the front window. I called them and told them the story, and they were only too happy to check the address - of course it was bogus. SO STAY AWAY FROM SIGUR CAPITAL - Scam Scam Scam

Feb 03, 2016
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Genus plc
by: Anonymous

I have had "Olivia" from Edward Collins and Associates calling the past 2 weeks, first to offer to buy my non-existent preference shares (of which I have got 98 registered, unbeknown to me as I sold all my shareholding 10 years ago). When I showed interest then all of a sudden there had also been a bonus share issue of 25:1 and I now have 2450 share! I was asked to complete and return a non-disclosure agreement, which I did and I was waiting for the trump card where I would have to pay a bit up front which came tonight. Until then I was almost starting to believe that my luck had changed!! Their client is offering to pay £20-£30 per share but I will have to make an insurance bond of 5-15%.

Thanks to a quick search I have come upon your excellent comments and am only too happy to add to them!

You don't get owt for nowt except good advice!

Thank you.

Feb 03, 2016
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Corus / Tata steel, Yet again !
by: Anonymous

Much the same as below. Cold call approach from Edward collins and Ass. New York (with a very convincing web page ) saying that I still have a number of shares in Corus and the good news is they have been "consolidated" !! by a factor of 15. Making them worth between £30K and £40K.

I also needed to sign a non disclosure agreement (nice one that !) so couldent discuss with anyone more knowledgeable than myself.

Numerous phone calls later the question of indemnity insurance came up. I would only have to find 15% of the final sale price.

My S/in/ L is a police officer. I ran it past him. His first words were "Boiler room scam"

Call barred their telephone No from now !

Feb 01, 2016
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Latest twist
by: Anonymous

Katie, who claimed to be from Collins & Associates in New York rang in conjunction with the takeover of Scottish Power by Ibordrola which happened years ago. Maybe it was my skepticism about her story but as soon as I questioned this as a scam she quickly rang off. I'm in the UK and the CLI number that was displayed was a credible looking number although I believe this is bogus

Jan 29, 2016
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Edward Collins Associates
by: Anonymous

Edward Collins Associates have been calling me (regarding my non existent TATA shares) for the past 3 days and tonight I just had to ask the question " If this is a scam, your now going to ask for an up-front payment", the line went quite for a few seconds then the lady politely explained the "Insurance Bond" !!! End of conversation.
I just hope people recognize this for the Boiler Room scam it is.

Jan 28, 2016
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Edward Collins Associates
by: Anonymous

My 83 year old father was pestered by a Ms Catherine Ford of Edward Collins Associates regarding Centrica shares, offering a high price. He forwarded the email to me and I subsequently googled and found this site. We live in Scotland so they are trying to scam all over. Email will be forwarded to FCA. Thanks for the info.

Jan 27, 2016
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Still at it!!!!
by: Anonymous

Pestering my father in law with a too good to be true story!!! Old share holding with missed deals! Pay 3000 get 38000!!!!!! This is going straight to FSA and I may visit the states to have a chat!!!!!! People beware!

Jan 22, 2016
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Recent scam by Edward Collins and Associates
by: Anonymous

The scammers continue!

Recently contacted/pestered by 'Olivia' from Edward Collins Associates in New York about 'bonus shares' due to me in relation to a previous share holdings in Hanson (but sold at least a decade ago).

Do they have a website? Yes. Is it genuine? No; it's the sort of thing that would take a day to put together using off the shelf software.

Sorry Olivia, you tried very hard.

If it's too good to be true, ....

Jan 21, 2016
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London
by: Anonymous

hi
same scam
beware
malcom consultancy ltd
want deposit 5000£
word by word
the same as above
Administration Department
Malcolm Consultancy Ltd.

Jan 20, 2016
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Crown corporate consultants scam
by: Peter

Received a call from above firm offering to buy my stock of Gemark/osmetech at a very high price. They are virtually worthless! Checked out firms address and when"Monica" called back I asked who they shared the building with. She said she didn't know but guessed I'd worked out it was a scam. The address given 1016 W Jackson Boulevard Chicago is actually bays English muffin! You live and learn, the old adage of if its too good to be true certainly stands!

Jan 19, 2016
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SCAM IS NOW IN THE UK & IRELAND
by: Anonymous

This message is designed as a warning to all Corus / Tata Shareholders in the UK and Ireland. My father purchased shares in British Steel which were transferred to Corus, and I believe subsequently Tata.

A phone call was received from a Mr Lopez allegedly from Pearce Consulting Limited, New York, who appeared to be in possession of this knowledge. He could not wait to make a superb offer of purchasing these shares at an offer price of between £8 and £16 each. 'SCAM' jumped immediately into the frame.

A Non Disclosure Agreement was to be signed. Apparently Pearce's 'Legal Department' would find out exactly how many my father owned and what the exact offer was to be. Next stage was the handover from Mr Lopez to 'Victoria' who come on to say that for each share owned they were trebled in number and would be purchased at £15 each making a total of £46,530.00. However Pearce Consulting would need £1,395.90 commission fee leaving a total of £45,134.10. Great stuff the scam continued, next we would receive Stock Purchase Agreement, Statement of Account and finally and most important 'Insurance'. What is this they were asked - Apparently because we were working UK TO U.S. - this would only cost us £4,187.70 and we would 'get it back' when the share sale went through. Apparently it was all legal and above board with the Security and Exchange Commisioner from America overseeing everything.

Finally the Sale Agreement had to be signed and returned within one hour if we were to be included in the sale. The Insurance was to be provided by either Zurich, Axa, Fidelity or Alliance. We 'could not' consult with our Legal advisor because of the 'Non Disclosure' Agreement.

Eventually after a long call I could take the 'excitement' any longer and had to burst 'Victoria's' bubble - SCAM SCAM SCAM - She was devastated although she had heard of 'such scam's' she could not believe that I had not fallen for 'this great offer'

Please understand if Pearce Consulting Limited was in fact genuine then we may well have waved bye bye to £45,000 British Pounds but I fear not - The telephone numbers and Fax numbers were not genuine New York codes which nobody could explain - I feel these people would convince elderly people to part with large amounts of cash in the hope of gaining a fortune - BE WARNED ! I heard lots of other voices in the background going over the SCAM to other unsuspecting individuals !

Jan 17, 2016
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Pearce Consultancy Limited
by: Anonymous

Thankfully I have found this page.
Having received numerous calls from PEARCE CONSULTANCY LIMITED regarding shares I owned.
Again stating they are NYC based but using 777 area code.

All sounded plausible until the crunch phone call in which they mentioned paying an 'Up-front' bond for in the region of 5,000. and they talked openly of 'a big London based insurance company' covering the take over - but could not or would not tell me who this was.

I could find very little on the Web about the company itself, and luckily have stumbled over your site. - much relief.


Dec 17, 2015
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Samson Capital
by: Gary Trickett

Received calls from a Catherine Weiss, legal department acting on behalf of Samson Capital on landline and mobile most evenings during late November early December, relating to shares I'd held in Totalise (310) in the late 90's that had, at some point by way of Madasafish and PlusNet / BT converted into around 4,600 shares ? They were now offering me £ 66,000.00 in return for my voting rights for an upcoming takeover of BT ?? Required to send a vendor bond of £ 5,2300.00.

Although quite impressed by the fact that they went to the trouble of finding out about a share holding I had in company 16 years ago, one giveaway sign was the tel no they were calling from, area code 777, which shows as a US number but is not an area code as such but used mainly for marketing purposes and obviously for fraudulent activity.

Dec 16, 2015
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Samson Capital Group
by: Nick C

Exactly the same scam here. I was contacted several times by some people purporting to be from "Samson Capital Group" in New York saying I had shares in a company - DCS - which was taken over in 2006. I did have such shares but I sold them. Very plausible website and quite a convincing spiel about how due to some sort of "irregularity the shares had become mine again. The number of shares increased due to some weird "forward split" then the crunch came when they started talking about me posting an "insurance bond" - ie I had to pay money. At that point I said no way and I was convinced it was a scam and after complaining bitterly they hung up!

Who do I complain to about this? They really should be stopped. Anyone got any ideas?

Dec 10, 2015
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Zeller First Capital group - tata steel shares scam
by: Anonymous

New group doing it, Zeller First Capital. also the web site was created in oct 2015 yet the company claims to have 100k associates which rang alarm bells. They contacted my 84 year old father. Fortunately he asks me about any financial decisions. So far all they have asked for is an NDA which is obviously their method of building up credibility. thanks to the previous post as I was wondering what the scam actually was and was just playing them along.

Dec 09, 2015
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Malcolm Consultancy Ltd
by: Anonymous

Also just had a phone call from Malcolm Consultancy Ltd, Ms. Athena Mendz / Mergers & Acquisitions department and a follow up e-mail as promised from Ms. Laura Nicholas / Administration Department about signing NDA because going to be a big private and confidential take over that their client was carrying out and was prepared to pay a price of £8 - £17 per share to get a 51% holding. Interesting that the phone number they called from is actually different to the number on the e-mail. Like others I might just play them along. As someone once said when they call just ask them to hold for a second while you do something, leave them waiting and see how long they stay on the line for. Many thanks for a site like this, glad I found it.

Dec 08, 2015
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ATH Resources Shares & "Malcolm Consultancy"
by: BigDaveBeekeeper

Just had a call and follow-up email from "Malcolm Consultancy". Told me I had some shares that I was sure I had sold. She (Asian sounding woman) said I hadn't sold the "free" shares that I had been given. There was a big secret take-over going on and their client was willing to pay between £8 and £17 pounds a share (we bought them for pence...)
Checked out their website which looked kosher.
Thanks to this site I shall take it no further (other than to tell them to go forth and multiply the next time they call.)

Dec 01, 2015
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Tata Steel shares
by: Anonymous

Almost taken in by 'Victoria' working for Pearce Consultancy Limited based in 'New York'. Very plausible as we had some share certificates from Corus/Tata which added up to roughly the amount she qouted. However, I was suspicious from the start but decided to play along until I'd checked it out. The company had only been established since October 2015, our certificates were no longer valid and the second phone call from her was on Thanksgiving, a national holiday in America! On the third call from her I told her it was a scam and she had the nerve to tell me I didn't have the right to accuse her of that! Just beware, it's very easy to be taken in by them.

Nov 30, 2015
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Samson Capitol
by: Derek

I have just put down the phone on a representative from 'Samson Capitol' relating to Totalise shares. They have been mentioned before but are clearly still calling people from 'New York'. I have no doubt that this is a scam.

Nov 30, 2015
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Malcolm Consultants / Tandem
by: Anonymous

Same with me, very plausible until she asked for money up front. I was thinking from the beginning that if a deal looks too good to be true it probably is, now I know it is too good to be true.

Nov 25, 2015
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Malcom Consultants again
by: Anonymous

We have just been contacted by Malcom Consultants with exactly the same scenario as posts below.

They claimed we had shares in a Company. We do have some shares that a relative gifted us and have dabbled occasionally in buying and selling but are not serious. Funnily, we had a vague memory of the company Malcom Consultants mentioned but couldn't find our certificate. Malcolm Consultants assured us we had shares but must have lost our certificate. They required us sign a non- disclosure agreement and send it to them, before further discussion. They then talked abut a forward split manoeuvre that meant we could potentially benefit massively, but they needed a couple of thousand of pounds as an insurance up front that meant if the transaction failed we would still benefit.

Thats when I started to get suspicious, also when their web site url led to an NLP and web design website.

Nov 25, 2015
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They dont give up do they.
by: Anonymous

Thanks to whoever made this site, it has helped me prove to my father that this too good to be true second offer from a different company is still a scam. Has anyone else been contacted by Crown corporate consultants? This is the 2nd company to tell my father he still has shares in Hanson, even though he sold them years ago. 51% needed for take over as usual. The 1st company was Keystone. Both based seemingly in the usa. Wont let him fall for it as managed to stop him last time, just.

Nov 22, 2015
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Tandem group shares
by: Anonymous

Malcolmltd (malcolm consultancy) Ms Laura Nicholas sent me a non disclosure agreement for Tandem takeover story. Suspected it was a scam from the first call. Now ignoring.

Nov 20, 2015
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Malcolm consultancy
by: Anonymous

Just read the post on Malcolm Consultancy. I have had the same and claimed they had located shares that I thought I had sold 4 years ago. They then said they had their legal team investigate and lo and behold I have 4000 shares. So good so far until they called back 2 days later to tell me they would make an offer of over £11. Became very suspicious when they then asked me to pit down a £5K indemnity bond and I needed to act quick to ensure I was one of the 51% to sell shares at a high price as part of a hostile takeover.
They had me fooled until they asked for 5 K up front. Beware

Nov 15, 2015
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Malcolm Consultancy Ltd
by: Andrew D.

Contacted by Ms Amanda Lopez about take over of large company and need to purchase private shares at a high rate which they can afford by tax write offs. Shares are those from my late Father which we had no knowledge of. Faxed through sheet with NDA to fill in and they will clarify my holding being the beneficiary to fathers estate and sale can go forward. A crackly line from New York( they told me) and also a Ms Laura Nicholas was administrator who faxed over the form.
This sounds too good to be true - would love to know is this a scam as it sounds.

Nov 09, 2015
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Tata Steel scam
by: Anonymous

Asian sounding woman (Julia Forrester?) on a very crackly line, asking if I was (by name) my other half. I know I've a cold but I'm sure I don't sound like a man. I asked why she wanted him and was told she was phoning on behalf of a client who is wanting to take over Tata Steel and she understood he had shares. Well, not any more British Steel shares were sold to Tata on the takeover of Corus (formerly BS). She said he still had 'incentive'(?) shares. Consulted other half and relayed to her that he said he had no more shares. We didn't get round to discussing price or bonds. She said it was their mistake, and rang off. I answer numerous cold calls so am naturally wary. This is a new scam to our phone line. So pleased to have read all the comments on this site, and not fallen for a scam.

Nov 07, 2015
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Whittaker Corporate Partners scam
by: Mark Hulbert

I was contacted by "Amanda Lopez" who said Whittaker were launching a hostile takeover bid for Coburg plc. She offered me £89k for these shares - ten times their market price, but "Whittaker needed to secure them quickly". I also signed and emailed back the NDA form. It was only after about 5 phone calls from them that they mentioned the "bond" of £8900 (interestingly exactly the market value of the shares ! - I'm not sure whether that's meaningful) that I'd need to pay to commence the proceedings.

At that point I asked her for convincing proof that this was not a scam; when she asked me why I thought it might be a scam I said that it had all the hallmarks of a scam: 1. they cold-called me 2. they were based abroad 3. they were making a ridiculously high offer 4. they wanted things done quickly, and 5.the final piece of the jigsaw fell into place when they wanted money up-front. At which point she said "but you're the only person who has objected to paying the bond up front" to which I replied "how can I possibly be the only person who has objected to paying £8900-00 up front?! The line went dead and I haven't heard from them since.

Scams are everywhere. This page is excellent for helping us avoid them.

Nov 05, 2015
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STEINBERGE PE.
by: Ron

Exactly the same as Dave, time frame the same. This was convincing to me because they had traced me from an old address and email from 15 years ago. There was at that time a hostile attempt to take over my business, and offers of shares were made. Bidder Communications was mentioned at that time. And this Company was the one I am supposed to have shares in.?.The paper work did not make much sense, re dates etc. Interestingly the amount of shares and price was the same as Dave.
I am wondering how the scam works. I wondered if this was a scheme to steal existing shares. I have no documentary proof of ownership of such anyway.

Nov 05, 2015
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Samson Capital Group/Sterlings Asset Management
by: PJH

Very nearly got scammed out of 6k. As it appears, the usual story. Hostile takeover. Ridiculous amount for the shares I have, 76k worth. Vendor indemnity bond, refundable, 51% acquisition, first come first serve basis.
Website looks legit on the surface, but scratch a little deeper and theirs an identical website with different name. Then tried googling some of there claimed acquisitions/takeovers and nothing?
Thank god I Googled 'Share scam New York' and this site popped up!

Nov 04, 2015
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Right Capital Services
by: Anonymous

I was contacted by an Andy Walker of Right Capital Services. His voice sounded like it was being modified by a device to sound American, but kept repeating my name, as far eastern people often do. Wanted 10 percent bond for 43k's worth of shares in a company that I had sold years ago for 1k!

Website was launched in August 2015 it transpires, very flowery business gobbledygook language, with no substance to it, and a distinctly far eastern feel to the phrasing. Copyright notice not dated on website either. Escrow holding account for bond was going be through a company called Eastern International Transfer.

I signed the NDA that they sent to find out more, but took it no further once I'd found out who they really were. Very convincing scam, but don't get fooled!

Oct 30, 2015
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Sherman consultancy
by: Anonymous

Contacted my 87 year old mother in law, told her she owned 4400 shares in fortune oil. She referred them to me and they sent me a non disclosure document which I signed and sent back.

The interesting thing is that this Sherman consultancy looks to have a legitimate website.

Next thing I know I'm driving home when I get a call from a mr Hoffman who starts rambling on and then announces that a reputable triple A rated insurance company needs to bond the deal and guess what he then says, I need to put up 5-10% bond money which of course is refundable once the takeover has gone through. And he started to get very aggressive when I said no way was I sending money.

I asked him to put it all in writing and before I hung up informed him that my name was HUNT NOT C***

Hopefully that's the end of it.

One more thing I am an independent financial adviser with 35 years experience and I was tempted to get taken in by this scam so beware they are clever even down to their websites and email addresses.

Oct 22, 2015
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whitaker corporate
by: Anonymous

Just this week have been contacted by this so called company, the usual 51% needed and offering a ridiculous amount of money per share. I'm
glad I stumbled on this site as the scammers are quite believable and others have had similar experiences.

Oct 20, 2015
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100% Scam
by: Anonymous

Just read any one of the hundreds of posts on this site, going back nearly 5 years, and you will see the same story. Nobody has ever posted 'I got the money I was promised'!

Oct 20, 2015
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Now I know after reading other posts
by: Anonymous

OK. I am not sure if this is a scam. Someone phoned me to say that I have (lets say) 2000 shares From that a company that I did work for. The company no longer exists. It was a public limited company. Now a private company after the takeover.

This man asked me if I was Mrs ****** and I said yes. He said I was given 2000 shares (which I don't know about). And he said that he has a buyer who is willing to pay ( wait for it) £10 to £20 a share. I told him I don't have any shares but he insisted that I did. So I thought, what do I have to lose? I said ok what do you want me to do? I had to send him some basic details. And sign a non-disclosure. All very professional and nothing yet where I could lose money or give bank details.

Once he received my details he said that his legal department would contact me, which they did. It was a different guy. And he told me :" good news Karen". You have 2000 shares but it will be multiplied by 3. So you have 6,000 shares. And still the buyer is willing to pay the same price. £10/20 a share. So I am thinking wow ££££. Still nothing for me to worry about. Then the same guy phoned me the next day. He said I have still got 6,000 shares and the share price is still the same. But then he went on to say the the buyer has to pay so much money before the transaction takes place.

And now to the crunch. The seller (me) also has to pay something. Which of course according to this man I get back. May be 5%. of course 5% of 70,000 would be £3,500. This is of course when I am thinking this is a scam. I asked the guy this and he just laughed. I asked him if I could consult my lawyer and he said no because I have signed a non-disclosure and it could jeopardise the deal.

So is this a scam? There is so many scams these days. The company has a website which I chekced out and it seems perfectly normal. Any help/advise would be great.

Oct 19, 2015
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Thomas Royce SCAM
by: Anonymous

Report the thomasroyce.com website to abuse @ godaddy.com

The more people who report them, the quicker the site can be taken down.

Oct 18, 2015
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Thomas & Royce
by: Anonymous

I wouldn't worry too much about personal documents, this scam is all about getting your bond money, and then, if you've fallen for that, some more 'reclaimable' money on account for up-front US 'tax'.

Oct 18, 2015
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Thomas & Royce
by: Anonymous

Approached by Thomas & Royce about buying my shares. Sent disclosure form, then contract which I believed and signed. When I was asked for money for indemnity bond alarm bells started ringing. Bank recognised possible scam so didn't go through with it. Just worried about personal documents I emailed for identification purposes.

Oct 15, 2015
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Thomas Royce SCAM
by: Anonymous

Don NOT get caught up in this SCAM. thomasroyce website domain was only registered August 13th 2015 yet they state their business has been running since 2002. Same names & scam as detailed in other posts.

Oct 13, 2015
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Whitaker Corporate/MV Sports/Tandem Plc Hostile Bid
by: Vivienne

Just been contacted for the second time by supposedly Whitaker Corporate Partners in New York looking for me to sell my 93 Tandem Plc Shares in a hostile takeover. Was suspicious at the first call but more convinced when I received their e-mail and confidentiality agreement which unfortunately I filled in and sent back. Since that initial call I have checked though my paperwork and found that I sold these shares in 2007. This second call today was to tell me that my share holding was still valid and had miraculously increased from 93 to 4650 by some share issue which I did not understand. They are very slick and clever but that was their big mistake....implausible and too good to be true. There will undoubtedly be another call and I will string them along and find out as much as I can before reporting them.

Oct 09, 2015
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De Vere Group take-over Scam
by: David

Similar call from Asian guy called Jason Nunez of Thomas Royce in New York wanting to pay a high price for 750 shares which he said his Legal Dept had jumped up to 5250 shares due to strip issues of extra shares given for free!! If I were to pay an insurance bond of approx. £6,400 I would get £60k + my bond money back. Needless to say I didn't return his forms or pay the insurance bond. If it's too good to be true it isn't true!!!

Oct 08, 2015
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Whitaker Corporate Partners
by: Dave

Had call yesterday about usual hostile takeover of Screen and my holding could be worth 20/30 times their value if I completed a non-disclosure Had a further call today (supposedly from New York) to see if I had replied and like others below wondered why on earth anyone would be interested in my paltry holding
Started searching the net and instantly found this site - plausible Asian/American female, pro website but co only set up 3 months ago!
Have blocked any further calls and feel my best plan is to warn others Remember - if it quacks like a duck....

Oct 07, 2015
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Fortune Oil - Whitaker Corporate Partners
by: Anonymous

Hi,

Just had a similar experience to the ones posted. Had a very plausable overseas call from Whitaker Corporate Partners re some Fortune Oil shares which were bought out this year. Apparently I still had 'Voting' shares due to the supposed illegal nature of the takeover and they were worth between £7 - £17 per share. All I needed to do was to sign a non disclosure agreement so they could make an offer. Seemed odd that they would pester me so much for such a small holding but had a complex but plausable explanation for it all. Too good to be true and clearly a scam and would have expected them to ask me for money had I continued with it.

Oct 06, 2015
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Steinberg PE
by: Anonymous

Exactly the same as Doug below except the supposed company was called Digs Ltd.
Had calls fro both David Anderson and Shaun Steinberg.
Their website was setup a couple of months ago - obviously to look legit.

Oct 04, 2015
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Takeover scams
by: Anonymous

I have not read your useful pages for some time, but I am not surprised to read that the same old stories are being pedalled by the scammers.
It would be helpful to hear if the UK authorities can get a handle on these characters, but beware, they are very smart, and actually monitor what is posted on this site.

Sep 29, 2015
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Steinberg Private Equity
by: Doug

Rep (David Anderson) called my mobile (over a period of a few weeks). Steinberg have acquired American Investment Holdings and they are paying out shareholders. Apparently I haver 30,000 shares valued at $168K US. I have never bought shares. Still he sounded very professional & convincing with professional website. They have sent me paperwork that is supposed to show the takeover is legitimate and documents for me to sign (which I won't) so that they can send me the money. Sounds like the rest of the scams. Anyone else dealt with Steiberg Private Equity?

Sep 29, 2015
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Whitaker Corporate Partners
by: Tony

Same here as the previous blogger but the shares involved are British Gas; long spin about a hostile takeover and paying 20 to 25 pounds for the shares. They have sent non-disclosure form which I think I am supposed to sign ha ha. I must say a cut above the normal scams from Africa and India. Convincing voice, complex story of intrigue, a bit too complex.

Sep 26, 2015
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Woolworths Shares
by: Anonymous

Have received phone calls from an accented lady enquiring about old Woolworths shares we have. Woolworths liquidated some years ago so the shares are worthless. Think we paid 1p each. Some tale of buying as many as they can and offering us £7 each. Sounds too good to be true.
The company is Whitaker Corporation Partners.
Have received paperwork to complete with the usual non-disclosure to sign.
She didn't like it that I called it a scam!
Can't think why?
Anyone else had this?
Needless to say I shall not be proceeding!!

Sep 24, 2015
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Campbell and Partners Ltd
by: Ian

I was approached by Campbell and Partners earlier this year about my BT shares. At first, it seemed plausible, but I soon noticed that their Web site was light on content, only very recently registered. Another correspondent here has noted the same, but didn't note that a company with twenty five years of experience in mergers and acquisitions should have some other presence on news and business websites and have present/past staff on LinkedIn. They have none of these.

I did sign and return their NDA before realising what a scam it was. On their next call, I asked them what their company registration number was and in which state. They never called back, which surprised me: I would have thought that at least they should be able to provide this, even if it was phony. Or perhaps they realised I was on to them and didn't want to waste even a second more of their time on me.

tl;dr Campbell and Partners are scammers - string them along but dont ever send any money.

Sep 23, 2015
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WILink
by: Anonymous

I have just been contacted by Jennifer Lester Chicago telling me I had 4,000 Incentive shares in WILink (a company that got taken over in 2006, which was when I sold my entire holding). Another company is planning got take over WILink for £4-12 a share and they would like my commitment to the offer. They already have acceptances for 41% of the shares and only intend to go to 51% when those holding the remaining 49% will find their shares worthless.

Needless to say I thought this was a scam and I see its similar to approaches made to others on this site.

Sep 22, 2015
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BG GROUP SHARES
by: Anonymous

Same scam as the others, and even had the cheek to deny it when put to him as being heavily featured on the net.

Sep 22, 2015
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Thomas & Royce Capital Partners
by: Anonymous

Another name to add to the list with same approach. Offered £8 - £17 for my shares in Octopus Eclipse VCT 2 plc as part of hostile takeover needing 51% - already had 41% institutional support hence approach to smaller shareholders. Website etc as others - looks fine but no detail and certainly no names, past clients etc. Wanting confidentiality agreement and then no doubt insurance bond will follow - unfortunately Mr David Cruz will be disappointed in my decision to turn down his kind offer!!

How are these best reported to authorities?

Sep 18, 2015
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Ladbrokes Scam
by: MS

I have had same scam exactly as previous poster. My mother holds small holding of Ladbrokes shares inherited from my deceased father. They are obviously targeting elderly shareholders and preying on their lack of financial knowledge. What concerns me here is that this started immediately after we contacted the holding company for the shares to get them transferred over to my mothers name - I am suspecting a possible leak here from the agent.

Anyhow this lot are scum but i am kind of enjoying playing them along.

Sep 15, 2015
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Whitaker Corporate Partners / Campbell and Partners Ltd
by: nice

Got a document with a different company name Googled it and voila! I think they made a terrible mistake here!! Checked the number of the company involved and they are using the same agent handling the fund, I will play along till they give me their bank account number so I can trace it from there. will record the conversation so I can send it to my local news telly

Sep 15, 2015
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Reply to Annonymous - 14th Sept
by: Anonymous

Grey Shares??

These people are highly trained at extracting people's money. They are scammers. They use very slick and believable stories BUT it is all fake.

Do not pass any money to them.

Sep 14, 2015
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Grey Shares???
by: Anonymous

Does anyone know anything about BlueField Partners and Grey Shares??? My mother in NZ has parted with a lot of money ( I just found out about this), and now they want $120k in up front tax to release the funds from US!

Sep 11, 2015
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Scam
by: Anonymous

We have had the same phone calls from this company mithering to fill a form in. Glad you have confirmed what we were thinking, it's a scam. Can't believe people will do this. They are scum.

Sep 08, 2015
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Still trying it on....
by: Anonymous

Just got a call from a heavily-accented 'George Lucas' from NY. Same spiel as described below.
I knew it was going to be a scam, this page confirms it - thanks!

Sep 07, 2015
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Campbell & Partners fake
by: Anonymous

A heavily accented Spanish sounding lady contacted my Mother about our holding in Fortune Oil - we sold them in 2011 but she advised us that we still had 'voting' rights which their 'client' was willing to pay anything between £7 - £13 for. They insisted on 'confidentiality' and not to discuss with anyone.

'Kylie' as she called herself claimed to work for Campbell & Partners in New York. The first paperwork came through and to my surprise, the website and email address were correct - spelling and grammar were good and the overall presentation was of reasonable standard. I told my Mother that as long as they don't ask for personal / banking details or worse still, ask for money upfront it seems ok.

Sure enough, after the 'deal-price' of £9.75 had been 'struck' they required an 'indemnity bond' of around £4,600 payable in Dollars to a multi-named beneficiary in Indonesia. Realising the scam, we ended all contact but they tried twice more to contact her to 'make sure payment will arrive' as they needed to get 51% participation on a first-come / first-served basis.

Beware, these people were slick and well versed in this type of thing. Personally, I hope they burn in hell.

Sep 03, 2015
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Boman-Archer
by: Anonymous

I have a Mr Archer telling me my few Ladbroke shares have managed to multiply 15 fold and they want to buy them on the QT to facilitate a hostile takeover! I see a Mr Bowman is part of another scam.
Bowman.......Archer???????

Sep 02, 2015
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Perkins Consultancy/Rentokil
by: Anonymous

Your site has probably saved me £5K! The spiel I have received from 'Perkins Consultancy ' over the past week is identical to that recounted by your earlier correspondents. I am expecting the next long call from a Mr Henry Hoffman tomorrow when I anticipate he will explain the need for the insurance bond to cover the purchase (for a ludicrously large price) of my few share in Rentokil. I suspected a scam when the first email letter pasted the wrong company, and I noticed that the story Perkins are peddling is identical to that I received from 'Macmillan Consulting Group ' 6 months ago. Both companies have identical websites, list no directors, and are not on the NY Registry of Companies. I hope to receive some written material from Perkins before I report this scam to the FCA.

Sep 02, 2015
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Perkins Consultancy Group Ladbrokes Scam
by: Anonymous

This lot at it again with same format to their scam,nearly had me with this 'too good to be true' offer to buy my shares which apparently increased tenfold after a meeting but guess what I don't even have any! Paul Lopez was the name he gave.Reporting them to authorities.

Aug 27, 2015
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POLAR CAPITAL
by: Tim

Hi,
My last post was on 20 Mar 2015. Surprisingly I have been contacted again by a "Justin Stevenson" who wanted me to pay some up front tax in order to release my "proceeds". These people are clearly reluctant to give up. Having seen the amount of posts since my last I will have another go at the Serious Fraud Office but I won't hold my breath waiting for any action. Sadly there appear to be a lot of bad people around and our problems are small beer.

Aug 27, 2015
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51% takeover scam
by: Anonymous

Yup - just got the same call, it finished rather quickly when I told him one of his questions was none of his business and he said yes it is my f..ing business - think he guessed he wasn't getting anywhere with me.

Aug 24, 2015
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Campbell and Partners Ltd
by: Anonymous

Just had a phone call from Demi Rodriguez. Tried the same scam (hostile takeover 51% needed etc) and mentioned a bond.

Didn't have chance to mention the amount needed for the bond as I soon figured out what they were after!

Glad they spoke to me and not my mother.

Aug 23, 2015
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play along
by: L.Allured

Same elaborate scam as written, asking for a bond for me and my fathers stocks. I was contacted by Sarah Cruz at first then passed me to an american lady who is a very good talker. I fell to her and made an arrangement to go through, but i got very suspicious when Sarah called me again and again every opportunity to contact me to return the paperwork. I will string her along to get more details and report her to the police. what a shame!

Aug 19, 2015
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Perkins Consultancy
by: Anonymous

been called for 2 days by Chinese American woman with too good to be true offer of £7 per share offer for Seaenergy shares which we sold some time ago , strung them along for a bit but now getting bored and will ask her if her mother knows what's she's up to next time she calls , sorry that people get taken in by this sort of thing.

Aug 17, 2015
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campbell and partners
by: Anonymous

My in laws got a call from Campbell and Partners Limited based in New York on Friday 14th Aug 2015. Offering some extra shares apparently owing to a holding sold about 7 years ago. Struggling to convince them that it is a scam. Glad to read comment on here.

Aug 14, 2015
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Offer to buy shares in Metrodome
by: Anonymous

I am being rung constantly by Westwood Consultancy based in the USA who are offering to purchase my shareholding in the above company. Anyone else experiencing the same. Would appreciate knowing.

Aug 13, 2015
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Fortune Oil / Fortune Dynasty Holdings PLC
by: Anonymous

Beware, 'Karen' (mentioned below) is now trying to pull the same scam offering £9.28 per share for shares that are currently trading at 10p trading under the name of Perkins Consultancy Limited of 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NYC. Website initially looks credible but no links to other sites, no testimonials, references or Company Accounts. follows the same pattern below, needing 51% of shares, sign a memorandum of disclosure, repeated telephone calls that last a long time (her knowledge is quite convincing) and then the request for a 10% bond.......hoping that she calls me again to find out why I haven't signed the contract so I can tell her she has been ousted!

Aug 13, 2015
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Lohnro
by: Anonymous

I got a call last night from a company calling itself Campbell and Partners Ltd purporting to be based in New York. Same modus operandi as in most of the other cases here. Client trying to acquire a majority shareholding (in Lonmin/Lohnro Africa)...blah blah blah .... non disclosure agreement .. blah blah blah.
To be honest I haven't dabbled in shares for over a decade and don't even know how many shares I still have (it's only a handful) and had never heard of this scam but I was immediately suspicious.
1. The offer price was irrationally high
2. With me owning such a small number of shares the client would have to be in pretty desperate need of shares to contact me.
3. Poorly designed Web site that didn't name any present/former clients.
4.Web site used generic/stock photos.
5.Bad/cheap domain name (campbellandpartnersltd) that had been registered less than four months ago.
So I replied reminding them of the word karma and wishing them slow, painful deaths. I wonder if they'll reply.

Aug 03, 2015
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Boiler room scam
by: Anonymous Colchester UK

John Bowman is still up to his old tricks. He spun us a lovely tale about a take over bid dealing with BioTec. My cousin in USA sent us this web site where his name was mentioned. When he telephoned the next time we let him ramble on for quite a while before I interrupted on an other phone and told him it was a boiler room scam. He had then got to the point of wanting £4000 as an insurance if we didn't go ahead with the deal. We told him take the cash out of the final settlement.....that wasn't possible...how amazing. Guess what we have not heard a " dickie bird " from him since.

Jul 21, 2015
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Aldrich ltd
by: Martin

Contacted several times in past couple of weeks regarding my 105 shares in Coburg PLC very good talker Kelly !! told there had been a forward stock split and I now owned 4200 shares valued at £11.71 a share !! Now had to deal with Mr John Bowman who sent me confidential forms to sign and then told me I would have to cough up nearly 5k for a vendors bond !! Alarm bells rang {I dont like parting with my money } luckily my son is a wizard on the internet and found it to be one big scam !!!!

Jul 10, 2015
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Still Trying
by: Anonymous

Rang me tonight with a story about a hostile takeover of BAA though midway through that morphed into BA and then back to BAA several times (oops - I guess that's an easy mistake for a scammer from abroad to make).

I remember well selling my shares in BAA to Feruvial many years ago as it all went through the same time my son was born.

Won't be parting with a penny.

Jul 08, 2015
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Mcmillan Coinsultancy / Shelton Advisors
by: Anonymous

I have been taken in by Mcmillan and parted with just over £4,500. Don't be taken in by these con merchants.

I was contacted by Mcmillan and dealt with a Karen Johanssen. She rang every other day whilst I stupidly tried to send the requested bond money for some old shares I had, expecting £44,000 back.

Once the money was paid I was 'handed' over to John Davis from Shelton advisory who amazingly told me I had warrants attached to the shares and that the total income was going to be £230,000+!!
I was told that I would have to pay £15,000 to obtain the warrants. Alarm bells started to ring and I discovered this site.

Jun 30, 2015
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Kramer & Associates Management Group LLC
by: Geoff Lloyd

Have had 2 calls from a Lisa Chen claiming that my wife's BAA shares are still registered to her (even though they were sold at the time of the Ferrovial takeover). I've been emailed a Non-Disclosure document to sign and I assume that eventually this will lead to me being asked for an "insurance payment" as others have said below. I'll string them along for a bit!

Jun 23, 2015
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MacMillan consulting group
by: Anonymous

I've had several phonecalls from a woman representing this group saying they are putting forward a hostile takeover of Home retail Group and would want to buy my shares for anything between £7 - £15. I asked for written info and she emailed me a document which I was to print out, sign, scan, then send back to show my interest although she stressed that it would not oblige me to sell but let them give me an accurate share sale value. All very plausible but when I googled the company and the Home retail group to see if there was any news of a hostile takeover there was no mention of it. Then I found this and it confirms that it is likely a scam. SO will ignore from now on - and report it to the FCA.

Jun 18, 2015
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Robinson Securities LLC
by: RC - Dorset

I have had multiple calls ongoing for a couple of months. I had some Corus shares which I sold when they were taken over by Tata Steel. A woman allegedly named Amanda Lopez called to tell me that there were irregularities in the takeover and I had 95 preferential shares in Corus that had not been accounted for. I had to sign a confidentiality agreement to sell them even though I said I didn't own them, I belatedly did this more to stop them pestering me than anything else. After an investigation by their 'legal department' I then found that due to a 'forward tax split' I actually had 4275 shares which they would buy for £13.26 each so suddenly I was in line for £50K+, less their fee. All good so far until they sent me a contract to sign which I had to do immediately, saying I had to pay an 'insurance indemnity' which was about £5K. As I had told them that as far as I was concerned I had nothing to sell and no share certificate, they sent me a letter allegedly from Corus Registrars pretending it was a share certificate. As I told them just to send a certificate and I would keep the shares I have heard nothing for about 10 days, hopefully that is the end and one day they will be locked up!

Jun 17, 2015
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same ol' same ol'
by: Anonymous

had a company called Kramer AMG offering to buy shares on behalf of their client as part of a hostile takeover (for which they required 51%). The shares were sold years ago by me... they were in Friends Provident. Slickish website but registered like a month ago

Jun 17, 2015
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Tandem Group Offer
by: Anonymous

I have been pestered with these beauties for the last 5 years.Calls from the States even sent confidence forms to fill in.Now today what sounds like calls from Asia.I always insist they must send their fantastic offer in writing by snail mail This seems to halt proceedings as I then put the phone down.Needless to say as of now no firm offer has been made by them.

Jun 17, 2015
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Taken IN
by: mrs jarvis

I too have been contacted by Karen at Mcmillon consulting group ? in America New York I was taken in by all the phone calls agreement papers when i got to the bank to pay my bond over to Indoneasia I just made comment to the bank assistant and asked her what she thought.
She looked on the net and showed me a page of Scams THANKYOU SANTANDER YOU HAVE SAVED ME £4,000
this really was customer service because I would have paid !!!!

Jun 17, 2015
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Ladbrokes Hostile Bid
by: Dave

Yes I have been contacted by Aldrich Mergers and Acquisitions and offered between £8 - £17 for my shares. Currently trading at 1.21 this offer falls into the category - if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is. I have now gone public and that SHOULD be the end of the matter!!!!

Jun 16, 2015
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3i Bonus shares Mcmillian
by: Anonymous

Just had a phone call about a hostile takeover of the above and valued the shares between £7-£15, they had my name and a few other details. Ringing from New York (apparently) and seemed to have a slight male US/Dutch accent. Wanted to fax or email a document then the line cut off.

Jun 09, 2015
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Macmillan consulting group
by: Anonymous

Same scam with corus scrip shares.Apparently I have 347 shares and the quicker I sign my disclaimer they are sending by email the better price I will get . Thanks for this site , they can get stuffed.

Jun 09, 2015
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Coppers and Partner scam
by: Tom

Hi

Same is happening to me over the last few weeks. Apparently I have about 25 shares in a company who were bought out by some other company now someone wants to buy the shares as they have some good slots??. Interestingly I have been given some free shares if I recall right about 2500 and they are valued at around £17 a share. After about 5 phone calls they now tell me I have to take an insurance bond at a cost of around 20%. Even though I told them I was recording the message to play back to the police they kept going on and on. Anyway now they will not call me any more as I have broken the letter of confidentiality they had me sign???

How can this keep happening they are very, very plausible I went to their website and very credible but I have been waiting for the sting and now I have it.

Thanks to who ever started this chain.



Jun 07, 2015
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McMillan Consulting Group
by: Ian

Thanks for the comments about this company from others. In my case they were pretending to front a hostile takeover bid of Severn Trent. I've had several calls from them and realised these guys were offering something to good to be true that it can't be real. I logged onto the FCA website and completed a SCAM report (see the link below for loads of useful advice)...Please provide as much detail as you can about any type of SCAM and hopefully the FCA can block their websites, bank accounts etc of these bloody parasites...

http://www.fca.org.uk/consumers/scams/report-scam

Jun 04, 2015
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McMillen Consulting
by: Andy

very interesting comments below. They called me yesterday and today offering £17 each for 350 Non existent scrip issue shares from Corus that I was apparently entitled to before they were taken over by Tata Steel (but naughty old Corus didn't send me). Even though I told them that I was 99% certain that they were trying to scam me they still persisted in trying to convince me that it was genuine. I can see how some older people may be taken in by them. Please beware!

Jun 03, 2015
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Robinson Securities LLC
by: Anonymous

Same... My father subjected to multiple calls.. Promised elevated earnings on Eurotunnel shares, shameful

Jun 01, 2015
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McMillan Consulting Group Strike Again
by: Anonymous

Over the last few weeks my mother and I have been bombarded by phone calls, first from an overseas lady called Sabrina then one called Karen, both saying they are from this company who are facilitating the hostile purchase of a company my father once held shares in.

Multiple phone calls and explanations later we finally get to the 'sting': my mother has to pay a 10% insurance bond before the £44,000 she is due for her shares can be released.

BRILLIANT! I have been watching every aspect of this process waiting for the 'sting' and just as Karen dropped in the message about the £44,000 she slipped in the need for the insurance bond and that "the seller has to pay this".

VERY VERY clever and how many people do these fraudsters take in!

The website looks OK, but if you had the money they should have then it just isn't slick enough.

Anyway, hope this stops someone else getting sucked in. M - Taunton, Somerset, England

Jun 01, 2015
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mcmillan consulting group
by: Anonymous

Really pleased to find this site it as proven my suspicions, I have been contacted constantly over the past weeks from Mcmillan consulting group wanting to purchase some shares from me offering very tempting figures and requesting me to sign a disclosure. All seemed very professional but the final telephone call came when they requested nearly £5000 bond then alarm bells rang, thank you all folks for putting your experiences on this site, now I know what is going on. These companies need to be stopped from contacting people.

May 31, 2015
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Compensation scam
by: Anonymous

Has anyone received an offer from a representative of Lincoln international offering compensation for funds lost as a result of these scams? Is this another version of the same scam?

May 27, 2015
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Robinson Securities LLC
by: Anonymous

My 80 year old sister was contacted by this company purporting to act in a hostile takeover of Millwall FC. They said that her late husband had 45 shares in Millwall. They said that they were able to issue bonus shares to bring the shareholding up to 45000. They said their client was willing to pay £11 per share = £53,325. They required an insurance bond for 10% = £5,332.50. This is obviously a scam. How on earth the financial, regulatory bodies in the USA allow these companies to continue to operate is beyond me - especially on a day when the FBI have waded in on FIFA.

May 21, 2015
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McMillan Consulting Group at it again
by: Anonymous

Just been offered £7-£15 for my Liquidated holdings in 10 Group-Ashdene Group PLC by the above company and there web site looks so professional. This is the second time they have tried from a few years back and wasn't taken in then. Don't be caught out with this, they want your Bond Money. REMEMBER IF IT SOUNDS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE IT IS.

May 16, 2015
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Shares Scam
by: phil

Robinson Securities offered to buy my shares for a customer of theirs doing a hostile take over.

They were to pay me £45,000, I had to pay £5000 for a bond.

There are many reports about these crooks taking money from the old or geedy.

The authorities have allowed them to keep their web site and they continue to rob the old and stupid, they fooled me; I paid for lunch on the news that I was in the money. I am out of pocket by £3.50, still could have been £5,000.

web site looks OK but is very new and has no links to it.

May 12, 2015
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Lincoln International LP
by: Anonymous

Has anyone been contacted by Lincoln International LP from Wall Street, NY?

Class arbitration Hearing with disbursement payments?

Bianca Lopez?

May 11, 2015
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Robinson Securities, Seattle, and UK Scam
by: Anonymous

First off many commiserations to those of you who have sadly lost money to these horrible scammers. As they become more and more sophisticated and brazen it becomes even more important to be vigilant.

You can now add to your list Robinson Securities LLC, claiming to be in Seattle. They are offering to buy shares in a take over bid of Pearsons, ironically a company that my family helped to build!

They make a number of giveaway mistakes including a website that lists no team members with no credible mentions anywhere online to verify their reputation.

Despite claiming to be in business for 27 years a little research reveals their website was set up in MA last month. Amazingly the deal they were offering was less than market value so they really hadn't done their research too well.

One piece of good news that you will all enjoy is that we are due to go to court at the Old Bailey next month to give evidence against a serial con artist who has used five companies and countless false names to steal millions of pounds from mainly elderly British investors.

Sadly my father was one of them and I can attest to the fact that the scam was convincingly done, although being more experienced with modern online investigation and research it only took me a matter of minutes to pull apart the fraudulent nature of the offers.

Given the evidence we have amassed against the accused the police are confident of a conviction so for a change one of the bad guys will hopefully be going to jail.

As I am sure you are all aware, the more noise we can all make about these frauds and more the names are posted online right away the more protected everyone will be.

Good luck!

May 05, 2015
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Same for me, look out for Chester Harris NY
by: Jaci

I've just found this site and thank God for it. My 89 year old DAd was called by a girl with and American Chinese accent from a company called Chester Harris in New York. He didn't follow her so I took the call and she said we had shares in Norbert Dentressangle that a company wanted to buy them for $8-$17 each. I signed the NDA and the paperwork looks professional. CH seems to be a NY law firm per the website. But today the contract appeared and asks for a £4500 vendor bond. I googled Indemnity bond and got here somehow. I am pretty knowledgeable in business so I was shocked to be taken in but it is too good to be true ! Bye bye £60,000.

It's terrible that these companies can cheat people, I'm happy to send details to FSA if anyone thinks that will help. Warn your elderly parents too of these scams. My Mum accidentally agreed to buy $30,000 of carbon credits sold over the phone by a persistent person claiming to be in Switzerland and the FSA told us that was illegal too. I'm going to London this week so maybe I'll pop into the FSA and thump a table ?! We pay their salaries after all.

May 02, 2015
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Aiden Cooper mcmillan consulting
by: Anonymous

Yup, same here, contacted by Aiden Cooper, Philippino accent, calling me ma'am, purporting to be from a company called McMillan Consulting, trying to get me to sell non existing scrip dividends in Caledonia Investments I sold years ago. Extremely fast talking, an answer for everything, but when I smelled a rat and told my husband and children not to pass his calls on (he has been insisting on phoning from various strange phone nos ( non traceable on my house and mobile phone), he even has the cheek to tell my vey young daughter that I wanted to speak to him, that I had called HIM..... Sneaky, devious, clever, but they ain't taking me for a mug.

Please pass this SCAM on to all your friends. Don't let another poor person be sucked in. As I tell my ageing grandmother, if you didn't ask a company to call you, NEVER, EVER buy anything over the phone. If you had wanted something from them, you would have contacted them, and got proper quotes from two other companies, as well. If it's too good to be true, then it's too good to be true. Caveat emptor!

Apr 18, 2015
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Well Crafted
by: Tone

Well Kitty Yang & John Bowman are still hard at work and I was daft enough to fall for the £5k bond, but when we got to the big money we dug deeper.

They are very professional and very effective so I guess it is a highly profitable scam for them with a low risk of being caught.

Apr 09, 2015
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palmaris share take over
by: Anonymous

just like all the others comments.

They are convincing in every way until they asked for money, I said take it out of the funds you are going to send, well things went belly up from there.

I said I would drop of the money when I am in New York on business next week again belly up again.

Do they think we are all idiots?


Apr 08, 2015
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Copper and Partners
by: Steve Mc

My elderly parents got a cold call from this 'firm' on the 6th April 2015, during which they claimed my father was the owner of 2500 shares in NASDAQ-listed Genmark Diagnostics. This had a little initial plausibility as he once held a few shares in a company acquired by Genmark, however that was a long time ago and he couldn't remember all the details.

Their story fell apart when I tried to call them back on their New York number - permanently engaged, which is unusual for a switchboard in a 'proper' company. Following this, a quick check on the FCA website and also this forum confirmed that they are scammers.

No real harm done this time, but it just shows how vigilant we all need to me, especially on behalf of older family members.

Apr 06, 2015
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Livingston Financial Partners
by: Anonymous

Anyone heard of this company? Anyone had dealings or being contacted recently?

Apr 06, 2015
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Livingston capital partners
by: Anonymous

We seem to be receiving the attention of this company who are offering profits on shares that we bought years ago.so far have invested 10k with them asking for a further 10 to pay tax. Does it ring any bells with anyone

Mar 27, 2015
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IMS maxims
by: Gullible Gus

Jeffrey Waldren of Wagner Capital NY (see Mike Mar 11) persuaded me to put up an insurance bond of £5800 on the promise of £68000 for the IMS Maxims shares I had sold many years ago. I was then transferred to Whitfield International Consulting Group where they tried to convince me to take up the warrants I did not know I was entitled to. I declined these but was then pressed to pay Tax to the IRS of 30% of the proceeds - which would be refunded within 2 weeks. You can fool me once only. A very very convincing scam - wish I had seen this site earlier!

Mar 26, 2015
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Wattford Capital Partners
by: Anonymous

I was contacted by this company saying I had 15,000 shs bought some years ago that became worthless. He told me a private client wanted to acquire these shs. He was going to buy a large percentage of them and the rest would be he would get from a selected few. Me being one. I would get at least £3.00 a share and if it went ahead I was guaranteed a payment of £4,500. To be honest I cannot remember what I paid for them, but I did not get anything back so when I was told I may have to pay if I pulled out and that Wattford and their insurers will guarantee The Vendor's Indemnity bond, which is fully refundable upon completion,
I began to realise if something was refundable I must have to pay something for it. Also my fax is a bit dodgy so I asked them to email and that I was warned about opening their letters. BEWARE!

Mar 23, 2015
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Standard Response
by: Willie (stupid)

Hi Tim,
This is a standard reply from the police, I got this back in December last year which was the last I heard from them despite me sending them additional e-mails. I would have thought if they were that concerned they would have closed down the web site for some of these scams. I also sent the police the link to this web site, as this is the only place I have seen that takes this seriously so please do not hold out for a response from them. I hope that the more people that post details may force them to do more and reply to those who have reported this to them.

Willie

Mar 20, 2015
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Keep on the case
by: Tim

Below is a response from Action Fraud which shows that someone is doing something about these scams. The more information they get the better the chance of stopping the fraudsters. Good luck all, and keep up the information flow.

I’m writing to let you know about the current position of your report.
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) collects information from reports and puts
information it receives to the most effective possible use, either through investigating crime
or using the information to disrupt and prevent future criminal activity.
Your report has been assessed by the NFIB and the information you have provided has
helped the police to begin taking steps to disrupt the activities of suspected criminals. This
activity could result in the closure of:
• Fraudulent websites,
• Telephone numbers,
• Bank accounts.
Unfortunately we cannot provide further information about this. One of the reasons is due to
the sensitive nature of police work which cannot always be made public.


"It can take time for disruption requests to be fully processed, so please be assured this is
happening and no further action is required on your part.
The NFIB has not closed your report following this. As hundreds of new reports of fraud are
gathered every day and added to our systems, any common links with existing reports will
be picked up and can lead to new investigative opportunities. The NFIB work closely with
other regulators in the UK and abroad, to stop fraudsters. We also use all reports to inform
our prevention activity to reduce the number of victims of fraud.
Thank you for taking the time to report this matter to us."

Mar 19, 2015
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Share scam
by: Rob

I to am going to be the lucky recipient of £54000 for 8000 1p shares purchased years ago and since cosolidated to £ shares

Whilst I would love planning to spend my money, I am relieved that the £4000 insurance bond remains safely in my account.

Where is the best place to send the copy of the contract to, so it may be investigated?

Mar 18, 2015
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ashdene group limited
by: Mr G

hi I have been receiving calls the last couple of weeks and signed a non disclosure agreement. Tonight I had a call saying my penny shares could be worth anything between £7-£17 due to a takeover but I would have to lodge bond insurance. I googled it and found this forum. She said she would be getting back in touch later this week. Sounds to good to be true and not a chance I will be lodging money up front

Mar 12, 2015
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GNE Share Purchase
by: kev

GNE Takeover.

Same here I have been offered an insane amount for shares that I sold many years ago. The scammers are due to call me back tonight no doubt to ask for some sort of cash to fund the scam they have running... and I am ready for them when they do! :D

Mar 11, 2015
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Wattford Capital NY
by: Mike

Just had a call last night from a "Geoffrey Waldren" (with Asian accent)from Wattford Capital Partners NY.Sounded like he was reading off a script with the usual sales approach- client needs 51% to make hostile takeover of 21st Century Technology- in which I hold 5000 shares (yesterday 4.5p) but his client was offering between £7 to £17 a share and would I be interested in selling my holding- who would not be at a minimum premium of £35k!! He insisted on giving me his telephone number. I managed though not easily to google the company and the contact T/number was there. I suspect if I rang they would confirm the name anyway bogus or genuine. Of course when I did 1471 there was no number but this happens with international numbers. I immediately received an e-mail with the Non-Disclosure attachment which I have not opened.

No doubt I will get a follow up call tonight so glad I found this website. I have also informed 21st Century T about this scam. Again the standard warning -if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

Mar 10, 2015
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To Good to be TRUE
by: Anonymous

Copper & Partners contacted me re Hanson shares I sold a few years ago but surprisingly I still retained 3000! They are now Heidleberg Cement. They have been extremely persistent over the last 2 weeks and the 4 names involved are: Tom Diaz, Fiona Hunter, David Mills and Anna Boyd who said she was the Compliance Partner and was checking that D.Mills had been helpful. Whether these names are false I do not know. I have been in touch with the Financial Conduct Authority who gave me the tel. number for the fraud police. Both extremely helpful and I gave them all information I held in the hope that this "Company", if it exists, can be shut down.

I was also requested to sign a "confidential memorandum of Non Disclosure Agreement" as it was a Hostile Takeover."

Mar 07, 2015
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Update
by: Willie (stupid)

Hi All,
I have been reading the additional comments added since my entries on Nov 25th and Dec 8th last year. It is beyond belief that these people are still getting away with these scams. For those who have not read my entries, I lost over 18k to these b......s and although I have sent all the details to the authorities they do not seem interested. It does amaze me that the web sites are still operating and that they are being allowed to continue. I would be happy to help in any way I can, in order to bring these people to account but more importantly to ensure that they do not get away with scamming money off anyone else.I still have all the details I sent to the police ie; names, bank account details etc which I would be prepared to handover if this would help anyone else.
Regards
Willie

Mar 06, 2015
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Reply to Tim
by: Anonymous

Hi Tim. I was also contacted, several years ago. Luckily I found this web site before parting with any cash, and posted my story here on 18th Nov 2011. Since then I've been keeping an eye on posts out of interest, and posting the odd (I hope helpful) comment myself. I would dearly like to see these people brought to book. I'm sure what we see here is just the tip of the iceberg and mostly people who, like myself, were fortunate enough realise in time that it's a very clever scam. How many others are there out there that never found this site? If I can be any help, maybe just recounting my experiences in a group approach to the FSA, I'd be very happy to get involved. Something has to be done! Good luck with your fight back, Malcolm.

Mar 06, 2015
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reply to Tim - 6th March
by: Anonymous

Tim

I have also been contacted by David King & Samantha Lee of Atlas as well as Frank Stevenson of Keystone Corporate Group fairly recently.
This is a highly organised scam. We need to link up to discuss a plan, although not sure how we can get that done. Any ideas? Interested to see how your bank can assist as well.

Mar 05, 2015
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Reply to anonymous of 2 Mar
by: Tim

The guys I have had contact with are David Hartland of Keystone Corporate Group, David King of Atlas Consulting and Samantha Lee also of Atlas Consulting.
Recently a Frank Stevenson of Keystone Corporate Group rang me up to urge me to pay some up front tax.
I believe all these guys (girls) are using pseudonyms and have infiltrated the firms they pretend to represent. I might be wrong, but I am taking steps, as far as I am able, to get their scam busted. Any help anyone can offer would be welcome. The sad fact is that most of the reporting lines are merely there to assemble statistics and keep a record rather than striking back. I don't know how to fight back but my bank is helping.

Mar 05, 2015
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Belmont Capital Holdings
by: graham

Belmont Capital New York Inc.

Hi trying to check if these are genuine my father in law sent them money. to exercise warrant signed by a David a Greenfield. have a feeling its a scam

Mar 05, 2015
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Resolution
by: Anonymous

I have just received a call from someone purporting to be from Kurche and Partners based in Chicago acting for a client wanting to acquire shares I allegedly hold in Resolution Ltd. I immediately smelt a rat so discontinued the call when they asked for my email.They were unable to tell me the most basic information about Resolution e.g their registered address, so perhaps are not that sophisticated.

Mar 02, 2015
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Message to Tim
by: Anonymous

Tim - is that David King calling you from Keystone Corporate Group?

He used to call from Atlas Consultants based in Chicago. Just checking that it is the same person. Please confirm

Have you also been asked to pay 10% release fees?

Mar 01, 2015
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To Anonymous of 28 Feb.
by: Tim

Yes, I was first contacted by them in November last year, see my post of 28 Nov. My last contact was a few days ago from Mr King who tried yet again to get me to pay up front advance tax. I declined and I have not heard since.
It is all very well reporting these things but what we need is to find someone who can take some action. I asked the owner of this web site and was assured that they just provided a platform for us to report things, there is no way for them to follow up.

Feb 28, 2015
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Question to the board
by: Anonymous

Has anyone been contacted by Keystone Corporate Group from Vesey. Street, NY regarding hostile takeovers and share distributions?

Feb 27, 2015
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Question to Peter
by: Anonymous

Peter - what were the names of the people calling you?

Think these professional looking websites & companies are all one of the same.

No personal e-mail addresses - just mail @........ Etc etc.

Phone calls with caller ID as Unknown Number

Feb 27, 2015
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Another one
by: Peter

I have recently had a similar experience :- call about forgotten shares which magically multiplied, hostile acquisition which bumped up the value and required confidentiality agreement, then need for payment for insurance indemnity bond.

Professional paperwork, slick patter and smart websites but as they say if it is too good to be true, it usually is. I checked around and the share register showed I had long since sold the shares, so no dice.

Avoid Copper & Partners who are probably some of the same people as mentioned by others with different names and web sites.

How can we publicise this information and the warning to a wider audience ?

Feb 22, 2015
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Ongoing
by: Tim

In answer to the last post: Both rang last week, (week 16-20 Feb) Samantha Lee rang twice trying hard to get me to pay the tax, when I said I needed more collateral she got frustrated and finally rang off. She tried again the next day, again without success and I rang off. This was followed by a call from David King. All three calls were number unattainable. I have heard nothing since.

Feb 20, 2015
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Message for Tim
by: Anonymous

Tim - How recently did Samantha Lee / David King att Atlas Consulting call you?

Feb 20, 2015
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Ongoing
by: Tim

See my post of 28 Nov. These guys don't give up easily. I have had persistant attempts by a Ms Samantha Lee (sic) to get me to part with an upfront Tax payment to release the "proceeds" of my share sale. Yesterday David King rang me again despite my efforts to get rid of Ms Lee.
Surely we now have sufficient collateral to clobber these people, I rather agree that Action Fraud and the FCA are more interested in compiling statistics rather than doing anything about these frauds. I am perpared to join a team of crime busters who can pool information an attempt to take some action. Does anyone reading this site know anything about tackling fraud, and if so would you join the team?

Feb 18, 2015
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Grey Corporate
by: Anonymous

IDEM, persistent phone calls, aggressive take over of a target that my small share holding somehow is viewed as essential.
NDA to sign which then is followed up by a sale contract for shares which have multiplied due to some odd explanation. An offer price 4 times the current market value. And a deposit vendor bond to provide. Its been a disconcerting time, so good at talking through a process not wanted but enticing due to the realism exploited.

We stopped in time and no longer answer their calls or mails.

Feb 15, 2015
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Grey's Corporate
by: William Hill

Had a number of calls from Greys Corporate informing me that I had 4,652 long lost shares and that their clients were hoping to aqquire 51% of Norbert Dentressangle in a hostile take over. I was guaranteed £59,889.37 if I signed a Non Disclosure of Information.

No mention was made about me paying any money until some 5/6hours of Phone calls later from Ms. Emily Morgan.

I then received a fax with a contract requiring me to pay £4,563.00 Vendor Insurance bond. I told her I had no money or savings and she told me to go to my bank and get a loan. I then took the papers to West Mercia Police and on their advice told Ms Morgan that if there was money belonging to me Greys could take it out of the shares money. she was quite angry at this and told me that if I changed my mind I had 5 days to pay, but because I had been to the police I may be taken to court and have to pay for disclosing the information.

Needless to say I have not heard from them since. Do not fall for this very professional Scam.

Feb 13, 2015
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Acquisitions International LLC
by: Anonymous

Watch out for a Mr Davis Wexler and Adam Parmann from Acquisitions Capital International LLC who have phoned my wife numerous times offering an almost identical purchase of her late father's shares in JZ Capital, to which she would be the beneficiary if they actually still existed. I spoke to both these 'gentlemen' last night and asked for the detail behind this so called transaction. Of course they saved the best bit till last; namely that we'd need to deposit £4K with a transfer agent as security. I repeatedly asked why this was necessary and that I'd never heard of such a requirement. Then they hit the 'first come first served' button and said that because they were only instructed to attain 51% of the business this was likely to be over subscribed. He sent a contract anyway which had another signatory on it as the purchaser. This was a Mr Derren Geiger who seems to be working in the financial sector in California. I think we'll contact him next. Thanks for this web site.

Feb 04, 2015
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Grey Corporate Partners
by: Ricrae

Like wise had number of calls over last week from a John Mendez of Grey Corporate. All sounded very professional particularly as they knew I held some long forgotten shares. Had been waiting for the scam and it came last night with some nonsense around needing to put money into an insurance bond. Explained I considered it a scam and hung up. They rang back and were very persistent until I was somewhat rude. Gone now. Really feel for anyone caught out as they are very plausible. Def a scam. Avoid!!!

Jan 27, 2015
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British Gas (BG Group) shares
by: Heather

Grey Corporate Partners contacted me about the sale of BG Group shares yesterday. Again a hostile bid, aiming to gain 51% share of the business. No payment to them was discussed though I suspect it might come if I send back the NDA!!

Dec 15, 2014
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Aegis Acquisition
by: Malcolm

Sean, just ask them to deduct the 'insurance' from the payment they are going to send you, and see how far you get! My advice - drop it like a red hot stone!

Dec 15, 2014
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Aegis Acquisition
by: Sean

Anyone been contacted by this company from New York. Asking me for 8,500US for insurance to allow their payment to me of 68,500US for selling my shares. They said it is just like house insurance... I would shop around if I was quoted that much to insure my house! I did a company search and they seem to be registered and the number they are calling me from is on their website... but it just doesn't sound right to me

Dec 10, 2014
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John Smith from 'JP Morgan Chase' NY - supposedly
by: Anonymous

I had a call from a John Smith of a well know up bank in NY - supposedly, wanting to buy my non existent shares. He asked to confirm my name and address and wanted my email address to forward a non disclosure form. I told him that I wasn't going to give him any more information than he already had in front of him.

He has a client who wants to have majority shares of a company for a takeover bid and wants to buy my shares at some inflated price..... Yeah Right!

This is the second similar call I have had.

Dec 08, 2014
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Atlas, Deacon, City State update.
by: Willie (stupid)

I thought I would give you an update re my entry below on November 25th. Since my entry I have continued to e-mail and call without success, with the exception of Kevin Wu of City State who did answer my e-mail but told me to contact Atlas. He did confirm that his company held the payments but could not release them without Atlas’s say so. (I think not).

I have reported this to Action Fraud and have received a crime number which is not much for £18.5k. They did not appear to be interested to the point they tell you they cannot investigate all reports and they do not normally report back but our help is much appreciated. Well done Action Fraud. I also reported the fraud to the Financial Conduct Authority, again much of the same answer and there is also no payment from them unless they have authorised the company to trade here in the UK.

The people I was talking to all appeared to have American accents so I sent an e-mail to the Chicage Police Department and the precinct next to where Atlas was suppose to have their office. It is obviously not important enough because I have heard nothing in return. Although I told them the story in the e-mail all I asked them to do was to confirm that Atlas did have an office a couple of streets away from them. The web site is still up and running for Atlas and City State however the Deacon web page is no longer available. If you phone the numbers it just tells you that your call has been unsuccessful and you should try again later.More costs.

With regards Tim’s question (Nov 28th) about how we get these people or stop it happening again, I am afraid the chances are non existent for retrieving any money, no one seems interested about the fraud when you report it and I really do believe that this web site is the only one who are prepared to highlight the issue and allow us to comment.So I think we are on our own.

Thanks for the opportunity to have my say again.

Best of Luck all as I am sure we will need it. Unless anyone reading this can point us in the right direction.
Willie

Dec 08, 2014
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Too good to be true
by: Anonymous

Similar scam and looking so legit by Belmont requiring security deposit before purchasing shares, offering 10 times stock market value in order to mount hostile take over.

Nov 29, 2014
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Me too
by: Dee

My contact was Katty Yang from West Capital Partners Inc. Apparently the shares held by my late husband are now wanted as part of the 51% that a company doing the hostile takeover would buy. After several calls she mentioned £5K to be put in an insurance bond. My daughter checked the internet and found this site. Also, although the link to their website goes to professional site, when putting the firm's name in google, it doesn't work and apparently the domain was only registered last month. When Katty rang again yesterday I asked for proof of the shares I had as I would like to sell them elsewhere if this fell through. She wouldn't/couldn't give an answer and when I mentioned google she didn't answer, and haven't heard anything since. It's a shame really, as I'd have liked £50,000 to play with!
But so glad of this site.

Nov 28, 2014
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I think that I have joined the club.
by: Tim

Over the past 2 weeks I have had telephone and email contact with Messrs David Hartland and David King, both claiming to be from US companies backed up by very professional websites, offering to buy my Polar Capital shares for an over=valued price in support of a takeover. Probably unwisely I have parted with £4000 as an insurance bond. It seems likely that I have been had. If so how do I get at these guys? And how do we protect others?

Nov 27, 2014
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same Wheeler cosultansy scam
by: Anonymous

same as previous --hostile takeover requiring insurance bond.Initially sounded very plausible,
confidentiality agreement,guarantee from Wheeler and instructions on transfer of bond premium to RMI Trading/ HSBC Hong Kong all sent and numerous pushy phone calls received.fortunately got wise following due diligence and reading this web site.

Nov 26, 2014
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Takeover Scam
by: Stanley J

Received telephone call 25 November from a 'Vincent Gilmore' apparently from Wheeler Consultancy Ltd, New York re offer to buy my shares in Derwent London on behalf of their client purportedly involved in a hostile takeover. Was asked for my fax or email to send me documents. Scam was initially very plausible. Fortunately, on my due diligence check, Derwent London kindly sent me the link to your site.

Nov 25, 2014
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Same as all below
by: Willie (stupid)

Atlas Capital Consultants (Chicago)David King, Mary Crown.Deacon Corporate Group (New York)Michael Simmons, Samantha Lee. City State Continental Transfers (Hong Kong)Kevin Wue. Web sites are very professional, the people are very professional in what they do. Not being from a business background I was not as much in the know as I should have been. I have been taken lock, stock and barrel. I wish I had found this web site first. Same M.O. as all the rest ie, shares, paid bond followed by US Tax. All of this was supported by what looked like genuine paper work. Filled out US Tax form W-8BEN for Tax return, received attached letters in e-mails with IRS details of the transaction. What convinced me that it was genuine was that I sent money to what I thought was an escrow account in Hong Kong which was returned by the recipient due to the troubles in Hong Kong. If this was a scam why return the money. I was contacted and give another account which I sent the proceeds. I was then sent a release schedule for the proceeds as long as I paid 5K Bank Charges which would be discounted by 70% with this being repaid. I asked them to take it off the money held but was told that this could not be done. After a number of calls to try and convince me to send more the calls stopped some 14 days ago and I have not heard from them since, despite e-mails etc. This has cost me £18.5k so please,please,please be warned. Although I thought it was too good to be true, I was taken in.

Nov 24, 2014
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Parseq takeover
by: Graham

Like many before me here, I once held shares, in this case Intelligent Environments, now Parseq, but no longer. However, miraculaously I still had rights to 2580 shares and there was a secret share split, so now have rights over 5160!! A hostile takeover wants 51% having already got 43%, and will pay between £8 & £17 per share. It's taken days of plausible phone calls from this company in New York to finally find out that I need to put up a bond with independent insurers - I am now being badgered by a senior man, one John Bowman (seen the name elsewhere here), into signing lots of confidential paperwork which will explain the method whereby I will pay my share of the bond £4,650. No way Jose!! Glad to have found this website, thank you

Nov 24, 2014
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Wheeler Consultancy Ltd Scam
by: Anonymous

Same with the previous comment. Had a persistent call from Wheeler Consultancy Ltd, New York offering a deal regarding buyout of a UK company that I was supposed to have owned shares, quoting ridiculous prices. Dial 1471 and it is a 0501 number! They were very quick to send 'non-disclosure documents' ... etc. Checking out their website reveals website only being set up 3 weeks ago.

Nov 23, 2014
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Wheeler Consultancy
by: Anonymous

As with the last two comments we have also received calls from Wheeler Consultancy, New York over the past 10 days or so, with regards to purchasing our non existent United Utility shares.

Last conversation my husband asked for proof that we own these shares, as we know for sure we don't. David from Wheeler Consultancy happily emailed us a copy of our 'Share Verification' issued by Crest & Co in London! When David mentioned that an insurance bond would need to be bought to safeguard our shares he was promptly told that that was the end of our conversation. He did say he would call back once we had chance to read through the share verification, but that was several days ago now so hopefully they have got the message that they are onto a loser trying to scam us!!

Nov 20, 2014
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Take over scams
by: Anonymous

Similar calls over the last 10days, sounds very professional and are trading under the name of Wheeler Consultancy of New York. Web site looks genuine and have been very persistent in phone calling and offering double the amount of shares that I hold for a UK National Company with an offer of twice the present value, but also requesting the Vendor Bond. Has anyone else heard of this company - BEWARE

Nov 13, 2014
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similar case
by: Anonymous

Same format as all the other cases, American company(New York), 41% they have ,want small investors like me to make up the 10% they need. They said I had 400 shares but I sold them years ago-no matter ,I was/am entitled because I had them for a few years 10 'incentive' shares for every 1 I owned. The great news is I now had 4000 shares and their client would pay me £16.5 for each one= £66000. They sent me via e-mail NDA (non disclosure agreement) which I did sign because at the start it sound very plausible. The crunch comes when they they say the takeover is underwritten by a big american ins company who will fund to 93% leaving small investors like me to put up 7% which in my case was £4650 which I would get back 14 days after takeover. They called this INSURANCE BOND. They did send 5 page contract . They are very persistant. and I was glad to find this page. I have reported them to ACTION FRAUD and now ignore their withheld no's

Nov 08, 2014
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too good to be true offer
by: Anonymous

I also received calls from the same company, Suncrest Corporate Services, they contacted me last july, At first I was tempted because of the offer price. I hold 15,000 shares in african eagle resources. I contacted the company and the registrar, They advised me not to accept calls any more as they will do everything to persuade me from doing business with them. They asked for Insurance premium of 5,000 gbp. This people sounds okay, website looks legitimate. I'm wondering how they sleep at night, Be very extra careful guys, a certain Miss Alex Ross is dealing with me. maybe just one of those pretending to be adviser and claiming that she is representing a buyer ...

Nov 06, 2014
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scam
by: Anonymous

I was contacted by Suncrest Corporate services, plausible website. But they are asking money upfront, they are very very persuasive , highly trained sales people and sounds very professional. Thanks to this site.

I almost pay a bond, I consulted a solicitor about this and advice us not to proceed with the transaction, The website is still up and running, To the authorities please carefully visit their website and i suggest suspend the website before gullible people will fall to their charm.

cheers,

S. Pinyoun

Nov 05, 2014
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Centrica takeover
by: Frankb

Just had a cold call from an Asian or African male, asking about my centrica shares. Claimed to have got my details from company's house,(possible), but given the accent and the fact that it's a cold call, hung up on him. No phone number on 1471.


Oct 27, 2014
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Digital Mergers
by: Anonymous

Just got off the phone to some guy form a "Digital Mergers" in New York.
I googled their address - doesn't exist.
I googled their name - didn't come up.
But they have a professional looking Website, and they come across very professional.

They are telling me I own shares I never even bought! I almost did a year ago, but decided not to, because it sounded Dodgy. The shares were "International Medical Ventures".
Anyway I was looking at buying $5000 worth at $1.87. Roughly 2700 shares. Glad I didn't.
Anyway, now I somehow have 10500 shares! and they want to buy them off me for $8 each!
That's a cool $84k.....lol hahaha

I was joking with a guy at work, how funny would it be if they just paid me this money.
I've been racking my brain, trying to work out how they were going to scam me, and thanks to this forum, I can see what's coming for me tomorrow or the next day.

Looking forward to playing with them a bit and wasting there time with this one.

Oct 22, 2014
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WEST CAPITAL PARTNERS INC.
by: Anonymous

Same thing is on going with me atm. I have had 15 or 20 calls in the past week. Asian lady telling me that my share are needed for a hostile takeover Calls herself Dianne Lopez. Asking me to sign non disclosure agreement, Same story,
Scam..... Thanks guys

Oct 21, 2014
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Deacon corporate group
by: Anonymous

I too have been approached by these idiots regarding Moss Bross hostile takeover offering me £10 per share if I pay them £4485 as a bond deposit!!!!! I,ll play game with them!

Oct 20, 2014
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Milestone
by: Anonymous

There's clearly a very scripted process at work here, and in my case, a ploy to ultimately get me to pay for a bond to release my share holdings to secure the sale of my (worthless) shares as part of a takeover etc.

The calls are maddening, and initially the proposition is faintly plausible until the request to hand over money for the bond. Staying well clear, and grateful for the comments found on this site

Oct 18, 2014
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Hoya Partners
by: Anonymous

A Japaneese firm rang unsolicited offering to organise purchase of my shares in Pacific Star Technology Corporation. I bought these many years ago in an American company which appeared briefly on the American stock market. They offfered to buy my 6060 shares for $21 each which would yield me $127,260! Wow! What a fortune. As far as I know the shares are worthless

Usual story, a client needs to obtain 50% of the shares to take over the company which has assets worth millions. Hoys's representatives have tried to persuade me that their company is sound and suggested that I go to the "Financial Securities Administration" at fsa-gov.asia to check. This seems to work and has an entry for the company.

Slight problem, my shares are "restricted" and I would need to pay $6,060 to get them unrestricted. Oh, the good news is that the "Recertification Deposit" of $6060 would be refunded when the sale was completed. For some reason, they did not warm to my suggestion that they pay the "Recertification Deposit" and it could be refunded to them. Now waiting for phone call No5. I've already said twice that I do not intend to take up the offer. It's just too good to be true!

Has anyone had a successful purchase?

Oct 17, 2014
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West Capital Partners Inc
by: Anonymous

Cold caller ringing me and offering to buy penny shares. Their company based in New York. Telling me there was a hostile take over of a company I have penny shares in.

They sent and asked my to sign a confidentiality disclosure form. The said I would receive a email detailing what they would pay for my shares £8 to £17.

They said I would first have to give them 10-15% of my expected funds up front as a bond. This was to show my commitment to sell the shares. In short they were expecting me to give them at least £4K so I could receive £40K for shares that were worth at most £700.

They sound very professional, and the website link on the email works and looks professional.

I am still expecting more calls and emails.

Oct 17, 2014
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approach by deacon group
by: sara

Have received endless phone calls trying to buy shares at very inflated rates, wish they would leave me alone

Oct 14, 2014
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Gonna have some fun with them!
by: Sara

I'm due a call from these guys tomorrow and now I know it's a scam I'm going to play a little game with them and waste their time the same way they've been wasting mine. Let the games begin.....

Oct 14, 2014
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tottenham takeover
by: Anonymous

We have also been approached by Aiden Cooper of Benson BPO Chigago. he has given us the same rubbish! bottom line- he is looking for us to deposit £5,000 as a bond. No way Jose!!!

Oct 13, 2014
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Very clever scam
by: Anonymous

I too have been targeted , same sort of thing, I signed the non disclosure form . A subsequent phone call today made me question why my three penny shares ( strange I told them I had three! ) had been multiplied by 3000 as I was a long time investor.

They are very clever finding out if you are a regular investor etc. I smelt a rat before, but today it was " high". I await their next move . Pleased I found this site.

Sep 30, 2014
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Be alert, question everything
by: Norma

I was contacted this week by a yank with the name Andrew Sparks. Same rigmarole, hostile takeover of some penny shares I have worth 44p, they offered £7! Agreed they could send a NDA then looked this guy up on the web, good picture with all his details (or someone elses).

As I used to work for a stockbroker I rang the company in question (concurrent technology in the morning to confirm no hostile takeover and that things have not changed so much that this sort of thing went on. Confirmed it as a scam and left my husband to pick up the phone in the evening to give Andrew Sparks my message - I was not born yesterday! Heard nothing since. I am 75 but not old! He made a big mistake.

Think about this, even if it were a genuine takeover, the price per share would surely not be more than + 20%.

Sep 26, 2014
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Brewin Dolphin
by: Jim - Renfrewshire

Similar pattern as the previous comments. I sold my shares some time ago but was told there had been some mysterious split that I had not been advised about and that I still owned several thousand shares.

Prior to the sale my shares had been in a Nominee Co for several years so they must have been looking at a share register which was several years old. I certainly will not be returning the non disclosure form.

Sep 20, 2014
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Total Scammers - Using Wade and Wiley Company Name
by: Anonymous

Be very aware of this outfit. They are using the company name Wade and Wiley Consultancy. Promise that you are owed shares and you have to sign a Non Disclosure Agreement before their "legal department" can confirm how many you own. They will pay over the market value for them.

The callers speak with a foreign accent and repeat your name over and over.

Tell them where to go and DO NOT get sucked in. They are very convincing and it all sounds very plausible.

Sep 15, 2014
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Wade and Wiley
by: Paul in Hertfordshire

Similar thing happening to me at the moment, just had the NDA through and have had three or four calls encouraging me to act quickly. I happen to be in the Financial Services business in the UK and wondered if this is sufficient to report them to the FCA...?

I have asked them, by email, to provide authenticity, which I don't expect to see.

Likely I will wait the next phone call, demand more info, hopefully a postal address or office location and then give them a blast.

These people are scumbags.

Sep 04, 2014
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3i share scam
by: Chris- wakefield

I'd like to thank everyone for the blogs on this page. I was almost taken in and this blog made me see sense.
I have been contacted by Bridget in New York asking if I would sell my shares for £10- £17 per share ( current value £3.50)

She asked me to sign a NDC because it is a hostile takeover and needs not to leak out which I did but then I found this page.

I waited on the subsequent calls which spread over 3 nights until she got to the point where she asked for a bond to be paid of nearly £5000 at which point I asked how she sleeps at night and should be ashamed of herself and the company she is employed by to try to steal money from hard working honest people.

She persisted in the sell to try to convince me it wasn't paid to her company, but an Insurance bond to cover me for the sale.

She also tried to convince me I actually had 10 times my actual share holding due to stock split actions carried out in secret by the directors so my likely benefit from the sale would be around £46,000 less there commission of 3%.

These people are very convincing and persistent, be very very careful when you think it is too good to be true, it usually is.

Aug 20, 2014
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So glad I read these comments
by: Anonymous

Thank god that I have researched this Company! I am getting a call tomorrow from Mason Securities and will be giving them some of my thoughts very loudly! I'll give them this, they are pretty desperate, I had lots of calls whilst away abroad for a month, none of which I answered.

Aug 19, 2014
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DeVere Group hostile takeover
by: RDA

Two emails and three late night phone calls: usual story of a hostile takeover needing 51% control. My original holding in DeVere was paid out in full when the business was taken over many years ago but it appears I was allotted some non-voting, non-dividend paying shares which now number 3010 in total. These are 'incentive or bonus issue shares' given to me as a long-term investor.

Beware, don't be sucked in. This is a classic scam!

Aug 19, 2014
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ETHAND INVESTMENT PLC
by: Anonymous

I had a call from a lady called Helena King saying I have shares if I want to sell them price will be between £3.00 to £7.00. I agreed to sell these shares but I couldn't find certificate for the shares. she mentioned that I have shares in ENITION PLC gone through evolution and are now ETHAND INVESTMENT PLC.

Asked to sign NDF which I did. I was told that legal department says I have 9900 shares of Ethand investment plc. I shall be getting £5.43per share total was over £53,000.00. I have yo pay my bond to confirm 51% of the share from buyer. I was very surprised to get so much money for my shares in a company which has gone bust a few years ago. I must admit paper work and rest seems pretty well.

I did everything thing luckly for me I went for holidays n I kept getting calls from Ms King and asking for my share. I agreed to transfer above amount but I was very reluctant to transfer such s big amount. As a Muslim I prayed if this is a scam please ALLAH avoid me from this and now I just read this and I am posting this to help others.

I was going to transfer funds on my arrival to the UK on 21st and I have sent in my ID and Letter of Intent. Address in CHICAGO and New York.

Aug 18, 2014
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Deacon Group
by: Anonymous

One more scam it appears that hostile take over of De Vere Grp and payment of insurance bond. Then told to purchase the warrants for the shares and wanted you to purchase between 25-100% of the warrants. This would mean lining their pockets with £27,000 - disappointed when informed no money to do this - then it ends and you feel awful for being taken for a ride.!!!!!!

Aug 14, 2014
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Deacon Corporate Group yet again
by: Anonymous

Fortunately a search on 'Deacon Corporate Group'
brought up this site just as my dad was about to part with over 4K for an insurance bond.

This concerns shares in Black Rock Greater Europe Investment trust. Claimed they needed 51% of the shares to complete a takeover etc as in many of the previous comments below.

Would suggest an Hong Kong based outfit called City State Continental Transfers may also be best avoided.

Aug 14, 2014
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Deacon Corporate Group Again
by: Anonymous

My 87 Year old father had a call from this outfit this afternoon, a very pushy and talkative lady with an oriental accent. Fortunately he was smart enough to realise immediately that she was a scammer, but we strung her along to see what she wanted.

She wanted him to sell his shares in Youngs Brewery, which were actually sold some years ago. After being told this she insisted that he was entitled incentive shares for being a long term investor!

She asked for an email address to send paperwork to and was given a disused address, as he do without scammers having his email address.

I have no doubt that this was the same takeover scam described in other posts on this thread. The email address given to send correspondence to was (e-mail address removed - no links or email addresses to the scammers websites please) and I am including it in this post as it may help people to find this thread and prevent anyone from being scammed in this way.

Aug 12, 2014
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Royal Dutch Shell takeover, Yeah, Right ???
by: Colj

My ageing mother (now 82) was contacted 3 times by phone in the U.K. from a female caller wanting to purchase Shell shares my mother has (or had). Luckily my mother found their accent hard to understand and told them to speak to me.

I then also got the call from a Samantha Ford saying she represented a company called Wade and Wiley in New York, and on behalf of an un-named client who already held 41% shares in Shell who was now looking to acquire a further 10% mmmmmmmm, righty oh.

Next it was "We will mail you a NDA that you must complete and return a.s.a.p.", she went on to say the shares would be purchased @£32 - £40ea, in the U.K. current price is £20ea.

A follow-up call came from a Noah Isler(?)who sounded Indian/Pakistani by his accent and with a lot of Indian sounding voices and chatter in the background like as though he was in a call centre, he went on to say I had spoken to his colleague and he was dealing with the insurance protection side of the deal, I replied that I would like to speak to our family accountant before reaching a decision to sell, to which he replied I couldn't talk to anyone about this as I had signed the NDA,??? very strange practice as IIRC we cannot deal, or sell, shares in the U.K. with them going through a share dealing company such as Equiniti.

Having looked further into the Shell shares my mother has/had, it appears she may have sold them back in 2007 and no longer has them, although we have a share certificate but haven't received any bonuses or dividends since 2007 which would seem to back up the thought they were sold.

I'm awaiting the next instalment in this scam to find out what they plan to do next, lol

Aug 11, 2014
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Time they were stopped.
by: Anonymous

I was contacted by DIANNE LOPEZ, from MASON SECURITIES LLC saying that some more shares of BAKERY SERVICES were required to reach 51% in order to make an hostile bid.

She said a NDA (non disclosure agreement)would be needed to ensure secrecy of info. ANNE McDONALD (Legal Dept) added her comments verifying the validity of the process. A JOHN BOWMAN then took over to further emphasise how lucrative the deal was, and said a 'bond' was required to show our commitment. Another man, DAVID WHITE, a very smooth Englishman, supposedly from HARRISON and STANLEY continued the contact, and then tried to sell 'warrants' to give added benefits to the buyer.

It is very smooth, clever, and believable.
DON'T FALL FOR ANY OF IT.

Aug 06, 2014
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Police Involvement? Don't hold your breath!
by: Anonymous

Rolly, I wouldn't hold your breath. The earliest posts on this site go back to 2011 and I know from personal experience that the scammers were trying it on before then. Many people have complained to the FSA in the UK and their US counterpart, but it would seem there is little interest in following it up. If we were big businesses then things might be a bit different.

Aug 05, 2014
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I D Data
by: Rolly

I am running with a takeover scam... I know it's a scam... Indemnity bond , confidentiality agreement signed so I can't seek advice, so clever

I won't be parting with any cash but do the police want to step in and take over from me? Maybe they can trace their number and storm their office ?!

Aug 05, 2014
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Scan from Mason securities
by: Anonymous

Mason securities called last few days being very persistent and impatient about a hostile takeover on First Property, and said they would offer a high value for my shares. Spoke to someone called Megan. I was definately fooled at the beginning (they are very good at this scam) but luckily my dad said it was a scam and then I saw this site.

Please don't fall for this scam....I nearly did!

Aug 05, 2014
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Mason Securities traffic master and danaher
by: Anonymous

Have been called several times by American woman asking for my email address, saying there is a hostile takeover for Trafficmaster and Danaher shares and asking me to complete an NDA which has names of Jane Roberts in mergers and acquisitions and Anne McDonald in legal admin dept. I sold my Trafficmaster shares several years ago.

Aug 04, 2014
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It's a scam
by: Anonymous

Ocean Securities: It's a scam. Ignore it, or tell them to f$@! off and then ignore it.

My Dad recently fell prey to this type of scam only days ago about a hostile takeover and how his penny shares bought over 15 years ago needed buying back for between $9-15 each. First contacted by an American woman then put through to the 'acquisitions and mergers department'. His main dealing was with an English guy with a Cockney accent under the name David White claiming to work for an American firm, Mason Securities. I only wish he'd have told me about the whole thing sooner before parting with any money :(. He didn't lose too much, but he might have done if I hadn't intervened.

STAY CLEAR OF ANY HOSTILE TAKEOVER SCAMS!!!

Aug 03, 2014
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Ocean Mergers
by: Anonymous

Does anybody know anything about Ocean Mergers. They claim to be acting for a client who is making a hostile take over of Northern Petroleum. They are trying to make my father sign an NDA for some worthless shares he was conned into buying a few years ago through a Boiler room scam for Northern Petroleum.

I am suspicious for various reasons. Not least because the NDA seems to prevent him seeking independent financial advice.

Aug 01, 2014
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Deacon Corporate Group New York
by: Anonymous

Ms. Victoria Lee(Philipino accent) has been harassing my Mum reference a hostile takeover with Merryl Lynch, total scam, told her she has been reported to the authorites as a scammer...She hung up ! LOL

UK

Jul 31, 2014
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Mason Securities LLC Hostile Takeover First Property Group
by: John

Was callecd by Mason Securities LLC and spun the line of a hostile take over etc. £7-£15 per share for First Property online and was sent an NDA too...

2nd time ive been called with same scam when I told the woman it was a scam she asked what company it was and tried to spin it out that it was the companies 2nd attempt to take it over LMAO...

They must think we are stupid...

If it seems to good to be true it usually is :)

Jul 31, 2014
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be careful
by: Anonymous

I was approached by phone and the caller would not give in or stop. I was informed that I had scotty shares and that I would be very wealthy due to the shares of 2000 I had they told me they had gone to 4689 by now and unfortunately I only had one share left with this company. The hudson and co would not let up and finally sent me the details that if they sell my shares then I would put £5400 pounds in the bank for them and I would then receive 54000 pounds........DONT TOUCH THEM WITH A BARGE POLE. REASON FOR WRITING THIS IS TO WARN ANYONE ELSE... MANY THANKS

Jul 30, 2014
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The People behind the "Deacon Corporate Group" website have terrible grammar and apparently can't afford a proofreader.
by: Anonymous

Just want to add that the grammar on the "Deacon Corporate Group" website is horrible. A dead giveaway that the site is a fake.

Jul 29, 2014
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TD Haynes and Associates New York
by: Anonymous

Same here - wanting me to pay £5k to sell my Arriva shares for me which have gone up by 6 times in number and am being offered £13.50 by a hostile takeover bidder. I sold my shares 4 years ago but they insist i have more.

Jul 29, 2014
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Deacon Corporate Group again
by: Anonymous

I was called yesterday by Bianca Keene about shares in Securities Trust of Scotland. Same sort of story - hostile takeover, had 41% of the shares and needed 60%, wanted non-disclosure agreement returned immediately, and offer price of £7 ~ £15 per share bandied about. It seems beyond credibility, to say the least, that anyone would pay that much for shares in a company currently trading around 143p! I did not sign the agreement, and when they phoned back declined further negotiations. It's interesting that when you google them, this is almost the only hit except for their own urls. Surely a genuine corporation would have more of a web presence?

Jul 28, 2014
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Citystate Consulting Co
by: Anonymous

Has several phone calls from Mr Adam Roberts from CityState Consulting Co claiming they are performing a liquidation merger of American Platinum Holdings. Sends promising documents with links to his website. Sounds very convincing and persistence to have documents signed off with Bank Account information. Double ensured there will be no exchange of money, just documents. Watch OUT????

Jul 22, 2014
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Dana Petroleum
by: Anonymous

I have received several 'phone calls from Mason Securities in New York saying I still hold shares in Dana and would be prepared to pay me £25 per share. I sold these shares several years ago. They insisted that I still had 200 left and would be entitled to £50k less 8% insurance fee. They told me I did not need to sign any legal documents, email would suffice.

After letting the callers spin these yarns (just for my amusement) I explained to Megan (legal lawyer) that I worked for 32years in the finance industry, this is true, and find it strange that they were willing to carry out a £50k transaction without legal paper documentation.

PLEASE BE AWARE OF THESE CALLS. DONT BE TAKEN IN. THEY ARE STILL CALLING ME - CHEEK OR WHAT

Jul 11, 2014
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HUDSON COE ASSOCIATES
by: Anonymous

Been calling me for quite sometime asking me to sign a contract they provide which they dont understand themselves.. try asking them questions from their on document and see how this company rats...

Jul 11, 2014
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Maji Group share sale
by: Anonymous

Hi,
I too have been offered £8-£15 for shares in Maji group by Mason Securities of New York. My shares are worthless but I would have stood to gain £60000. They wanted an indemnity guarantee, from me, approx £6000. I was very tempted as they were very believable, but if it sounds to good to be true!!!!!!!!!!!, then it probably is.

Jul 10, 2014
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Deacon Corporate Group
by: Anonymous

Approach by this lot followed same pattern; hostile takeover, 41% acquired, looking for the extra 10% and offering £7 to £15 per share for stock currently trading at c.£1,50, NDA sent and a brief mention of an insurance bond. Avoid.

Jul 09, 2014
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Maji Capital
by: Anonymous

Hi,

Just been offered mega money for maji capital shares due to hostile takeover via Mason Securities LLC in New York. Has anybody else been approached from Mason Securities?

Jul 07, 2014
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Williamson Advisors Limited
by: Anonymous

Current scam is hostile takeover of Costain Group PLC. £15 for shares that trade at £2.60 Come on!!!!

They claimed their Client already owned 41%. The actual biggest shareholder has 13%. They are liars, cheats and scammers. Avoid at all costs.

Jul 02, 2014
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Hudson Coe Associates
by: Anonymous

We have another one to be aware off, I have had the same type of calls from a delightful young lady at Hudson Coe Associates of New York.

Again, be careful.

Jun 26, 2014
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Williamsons Advisors Ltd
by: Anonymous

I too have been approached by Williamson Advisors Ltd in the last few days. I was told they wished to buy my holding in Hartest Holdings Ltd.

I signed a non disclosure document and was then sent a Agreement for sale.

I had previously told them that I believed I had sold the shares in 2010 but could not find any documented evidence. I said I would check with my broker. I was told there was no need to do this as their lawyer had evidence of my ownership.

The sale agreement included me warranting that I was the beneficial owner and stated that I needed to provide a bond Of £4464 being 10% of the total purchase price.

I told them by email that until I could prove my ownership and receive details of the bond agreement I would not sign the agreement.

I was rang back within 10 minutes of sending my email and during a heated argument they rang off.

Jun 25, 2014
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Williamson Advisors Ltd
by: Anonymous

I've had several calls from this firm insisting that I have Laura Ashley shares which I actually sold years ago but they say that bonuses and dividends now amount to over 3,000 shares which they can sell for between £8 and £14 each. I knew it was too good to be true so I checked it out and found your website.

Thank you! You are doing a great service.

Just to add, it was exactly the same story about a secret takeover and I would have to pay insurance bond up front. I will not be giving them any money. I hope this helps someone else. Thanks again.

Jun 21, 2014
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Griffin Advisors Limited
by: Anonymous

Griffin Advisors Limited - same story of hostile takeover of company I had shares in. Promised huge payout etc., signed NDA asked to pay bond into an Escrow account. Carried out what I thought were sufficient checks and paid the bond but after confiding with a family member it appears that I have been totally scammed.

I'm usually very wary about this sort of thing and feel more than foolish now but please be aware - THEY ARE VERY CONVINCING!!
The other company involved in the latter stages of the process is Harrison & Stanley Associates.

My next step is to report it to the relevant authorities, any advice on whom I should contact?

Jun 20, 2014
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Character Group scam
by: Anonymous

Just had a call from a company acting on behalf of their client who wishes to acquire 51% of Character Group. Of course, as this is a hostile takeover, I must sign a non-disclosure agreement. They are willing to pay £8 to £17 per share.

The caller eventually made it clear that I would need to pay a bond - to show my commitment, which would be held by a trusted third party. The other party would also pay a much larger bond.

No sign of an NDA yet, but from the various posts here, this sounds like a typical scam.

I just hope she calls back for round 2.


Jun 18, 2014
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Williamson Advisors Ltd
by: Anonymous

For the last 3 weeks+ I have been getting phone calls from Williamson Advisors Ltd, New York saying that they have a client planning to takeover Redrow PLC (House Building Company) and that they would pay £7 to £14 per share, whereas the current official price is around £2.50!

They have sent a 'Non- Disclosure form' to be signed.

Their web-site is very impressive. My family is very against my signing this document and they have brought to my attention this site with similar stories !! Can anyone looking at this site, please comment on my experience, as I have not yet got rid of the caller from New York,USA.

Comment from Kenny

Forget what the website looks like, scammers can throw throw those up in no time at all.

I think all you need to do is to compare your story with the story from others who have posted here and you should know whether it is a genuine offer or not.

What you can do very quickly to be absolutely certain is to check if the company is genuine. If it is, since it is apparently based in New York, then it should be registered with the financial regulatory bodies in the US.

http://www.finra.org/

Bear in mind that just because a website shows and address does not mean that it is genuine.

Jun 11, 2014
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GE Shaw Management Group
by: Anonymous

Boilerhouse Scam offering to buy shares in Gladstone Plc, a bad investment that I am sure I no longer own.

Started with a cold call asking if I would sell them, they 'checked' my holding and stated they had been re-issued and I now have a much larger holding - now worth £55K. Now asking for a £5,500 no risk refundable bond to secure the deal.

Very convincing with links to their website etc.

This all started about 2 weeks ago, been playing along with them until now - will tell them to go away next call.

Warning - They are very good..........

Jun 06, 2014
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Griffin Advisors
by: Lee Adams

Had numerous phone calls from Griffin Advisors wanting to buy my shares in a company that has gone bust! Offering me £10.14 per share! I wish it was true! Lol bunch of idiots, ignored there calls one evening, 22 missed calls later!! Persistent or what, spoke to a women so called Diane Lopez. Watch out!!

Jun 04, 2014
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Ladbrokes
by: Tim

Had a call from Griffin Consulting from NY asking to buy my shares in Ladbrokes as they had a client looking at obtaining 51% of the company.

Wouldn't give any details and wouldn't post anything out 'due to the urgent time scales of the deal' gave him my ladbrokes email address which spooked him.....

Went on FSA website to report this but link to reporting form does not exist :-(

May 28, 2014
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GE Shaw Mangement
by: LJC

Have had persistent calls from Michael Sanada and his admin staff, same story of hostile takeover of company I had shares in. Promised huge payout etc and then I find your site! I did sign the NDA & wish I had checked them out earlier! Beware they are very convincing. If it sounds too good to be true it usually is!

May 28, 2014
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National grid shares
by: John C

Cold call from "Margaret Williams" Griffin Advisors offering £15 to £20 for National Grid shares requiring insurance bond. Refused to give any further details until confidentiality agreement signed! I kept pressing for details and "Margaret" terminated call. Hopefully she will not call back!

May 27, 2014
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Griffin Advisors of New York - BEWARE
by: Anonymous

Glad I found your website after being approached by these people. Same story £10/£15 per share- hostile take over etc, truth in the old saying - if it seams too good to be true it probably isn't.

I would not have parted with any money anyway so they are wasting their time and mine

May 22, 2014
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hostile takeover / bond scam
by: Anonymous

Watch out for Griffin Advisors from New York. A woman calling herself Barara Williams is phoning and offering such a scam on worthless shares I own. Offering £7-50 to £15.00 per share on a hostile takeover. Sign a confidentiality clause and watch this space. A scam like all the others on this forum.

May 05, 2014
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Ashdene Group takeover
by: Anonymous

Like a previous poster I too just received a call from an organization calling themselves Wilkins Capital Group asking about shares in Ashdene Group I once owned. The company went into Liquidation in 2004.

This too appears to be a scam - they asked me for to sign a non disclosure agreement. I of course didn't.

Apr 15, 2014
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Shares scam
by: Anonymous

Just been offered a lot of money for shares in a US company we were not sure we had.

Hooked us in so far, after many phone calls but now we have been asked for a Vendor Bond of £5K. Returnable of course.

We have now told them to go away.


Apr 11, 2014
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Capital Manda
by: Linda Ferrell

A couple of days ago I got a phone call from a guy called Vincent from NY (Manhattan apparently), trying to buy from me worthless shares which I still have, offering $14.00 per share where the current value is $0,0020. Same story again -

I checked their website, it was registered but a little suspicious.

I am going to have a bit of play with them, to see where they will make a mistake. These guys are definitely bloody scammers!!

Apr 11, 2014
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Capstone Capital Group
by: Anonymous

"Christine" phoned last evening.I asked her how she could sleep at night and how she could work for such a dishonest company.

Told her it was a total scam and that I would not have anything else to do with them...My son was cheering in the background!!

Not heard a thing since. That's the way to do it!!

Feel really good now.

Apr 11, 2014
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Beware
by: Anonymous

Just had a call from a William Davis from Pennsylvania purporting to be an attorney representing Cover Capital Partners in a Takeover matter. Advising me that I was able to make a claim for compensation in the amount of US$135,000 relating to 15,000 shares (which I have never owned)currently held in escrow by the US Government.

He sent me an email with a number of files attached which he wanted me to sign and return. On their receipt back in the US the funds would simply be released and I would be US$135,000 better off. Sounds fantastic and I could really use the funds.

Typed a few keywords into Google and surprise, surprise - Ability Holdings is no longer listed so the Takeover must have been a great success after all.

Didn't do anything about it and then received a further phone call again today from William advising me that he assumed I was not interested in the US$135,000. He is going to email me a "Default Notice" and a "Release" preventing me from taking legal action against them for not taking up the offer. Could I please sign the documents and return! A really nice gentleman and ordinarily a pleasure to do business with.

One other concern I have is that once opened, an email can release unwanted viruses and other clandestine invaders into your computer system that can start merrily hacking into your bank accounts and other electronic activities. Be aware that anything that sounds too good to be true usually is.

Apr 10, 2014
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Friends Provident and Resolution scam
by: Anonymous

Same scam. Company this time is G E SHAW group of Chicago, offering to buy shares I don't own for very high prices.. Have received a 'non-disclosure' agreement to sign, and eventually they will ask for a security bond or similar from me.

I suppose greed gets some people hooked...Avoid!

Apr 02, 2014
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F & C
by: Anonymous

Yet another....This time shares in F & C and a company in New York wanting to arrange a hostile takeover, offering £8-£15 per share to get 51%,sent a non-disclosure agreement etc.

Thank you for this website! I realised what was going on after looking at it.

Mar 31, 2014
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British Gas Baron Group
by: Clare

My mother has been receiving calls for weeks from Baron Group Ltd in New York claiming she is owed incentive on shares her and my father had in BG( which were sold years ago

They claimed they were investigating the validity of this and needed a disclaimer signed, so this was signed and returned. They now call on a daily basis claiming once proved valid that we would need to pay 5-15% to their insurers to try and claim this incentive.

I've told them under no circumstances will we be paying any monies and they claimed the shares were now in the region of 3000 shares at an average of £7-£18 per share. They now claim they are sending documentation through and then will require the upfront 5-15% payment to investigate.

I asked do you need this payment? They claimed its required by their insurers, i said no payment will be made, if we are owed money then why not simply send a cheque.

Funny how their insurers are in Hong Kong.

They talk in too much technical language and you may think it's genuine but it's not, I've also found evidence to the fact on Money Saving Expert site too.

Beware total scam.

Mar 31, 2014
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3i Share Scam?
by: Paul McKenna

Today I received a call from a company that called itself 'Watt Corporate' saying that as a 3i's shareholder I could sell my shares at a high price in s hostile takeover. I put the phone down.

Mar 31, 2014
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Premier oil
by: Anonymous

My husband was also phoned by a company Baron Group Ltd saying a hostile takeover was happening and we need to sell before the years end to realise a price of 3 to 5 times the true value. As someone else has already said If it seems to good to be true it probably is.
They pestered us for 48 hours until we made it very clear that we were not going to be taken in.

Mar 25, 2014
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Yet another
by: Anonymous

Poly Information, a company I used to have shares in. Apparently got some bonus shares I know nothing about. Hostile takeover, my shares worth £8k, 51% required! insurance bond, NDA emailed to me etc etc.

Mar 24, 2014
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British Aerospace
by: Anonymous

Just received call from somewhere in US about hostile takeover of British Aerospace offering me between £7 -£15 per share but I have to sign a non disclosure agreement which will arrive by email and keep quiet. Anyone else had similar call ?

Mar 22, 2014
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You would not be the first
by: Anonymous

You won't be the first to refer this scam to the SFO, however, they seem to be either powerless to do anything, or not interested.

Mar 21, 2014
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Premier Oil Scam
by: Anonymous

Glad I found this site, phone call this evening from Linda Gomez from Kee Global wanting to buy the rest of my shares for premier oil - £8 - £16 per share, even offering a price for the premier oil shares sold 15 years ago !

She kept emphasising that I had to keep quiet about this because it was an aggressive takeover.

Email enclosing NDA arrived 5 mins after phone call with a Chicago address, no company registration number and no details which I had requested.

Am contemplating reporting this to serious fraud office

Mar 20, 2014
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Key Global Corp
by: Anonymous

Cold call 19/3 offering to arrange the sale of my modest holding of Rolls Royce shares which they had multiplied tenfold for almost double current price.

Claim to be based in Chicago, website plausible but newer than tomorrows sunrise and company not registered anywhere that you would normally check. Again confidentiality agreement by email asking for personal details and share certificate copy. Name given as Louise Stan caller ID gave her number (possibly Mauritania) certainly not Chicago. She became very defensive but maintained some composure when I suggested that she was trying to scam me.

If it quacks like a duck etc. etc. etc.

Mar 20, 2014
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RBS Shares
by: Anonymous

Walters Capital Group - caller is Margaret Gordon - familiar story - buyer needs 51% of shares,. Err, I sold mine a long time ago. Amazingly, I have some, which have increased from 115 to 4025!!! looks like I'll have to pay a deposit to show good intention to sell this miraculously increased share holding......

Obviously I'm not going to part with any money, or deal with them in any shape or form. Beware!

Mar 18, 2014
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KeeGlobal again
by: Anonymous

The same "hostile takeover" story, this time for a company that I happened to know ceased to exist in 2011.

Mar 18, 2014
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hostile take over for Compass group!!!
by: Anonymous

Several phone calls, Baron Group based in Madison square NY..Dionne Lopez Jane Roberts and today James Carter...

33 shares now inflated to 3300 at £8-17 per share. Disclosure form signed n faxed back, yesterday asking for 5-15% upfront to have 51% for take over... Told them why should we pay for selling, they weren't happy when I said I'd told my hubby, today New phone call again asking for insurance bond 5k....

Emailed me documents, but have deleted them... Insurance company based in Hong Kong. .... Beware scammers.

Mar 17, 2014
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Smith and Stanley
by: Anonymous

I have also been contacted by SMITH AND STANLEY
consultants about DOUBLECLICK shares.I was on the verge of sending part of my INSURANCE INDEMNITY BOND to them.But just read GEE's details so they get nothing from me.

Thanks very much for the details you have saved me some £££.Regards

Mar 14, 2014
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NATIONAL GRID NOW
by: Anonymous

Hi all,

Thank goodness for this website as I have just received a phone call from Walders about National Grid Shares offering between £12 - 25 but I must keep it all secret as it is a hostile bid.

Be aware anyone with National Grid Shares


Mar 11, 2014
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Barbara Powers
by: Anonymous

Well that Barbara Powers gets around (see comment below on August 2 2013 "Cable and Wireless Scam by Anonymous", when she was with Byrd Fleming and Associates.)

She phoned me today from Baron Group, and her price range for my Pacific Horizon shares was exactly the same (£8 - £17 per share). She sent me the non-disclosure forms, but I shan't be going any further!

Mar 11, 2014
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Covedr Capital Partners
by: Anonymous

Same old same old, apparently I have shares in Ability Holdings and they sent me all this paperwork to release the shares and they would buy for $150,000 dollars. They have since rang me on quite a number of occasions and the person was Seth Green who you all know is an actor comedian, so do they think I am stupid. I reported the Scam to both the US Fraud Squad and to the Australian Government.

Mar 07, 2014
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Kee Global Corp
by: Anonymous

Watch out for this company, just been offered an absurd amount of money for share options in a company "premier oil" that I sold at least 15 years ago.

Mar 05, 2014
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Smith & Stanley
by: Gee

Same deal with me. Company claiming to be called Smith & Stanley based in Newyork. Web site looks professional and claims to have been trading for 25 years,but website has only been up for 24 days! Company doesn't exist on the companies register for NY state.

Same story, a management buy-out where they already have 41% and need 51%. My shares are now worth £75,000 despite me paying a few hundred for them years ago. They have been phoning me claiming to be from NewYork, but it someone with a bad accent and a very poor phone line.

Not entertaining them any further now that I have realised it is a scam. I did sign their NDA and send back.

Mar 04, 2014
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Still at it
by: Anonymous

Helpful to find this article. You know it's a going to be scam call, but intrigued as to how it works.

Called earlier today (Filipina accent, said to be from New York) regarding a holding of Recognition Systems (which I used to hold, now defunct) and Double-Click (which I've never heard of, let alone held), with story line that "our client" is offering a good price to acquire a 51% majority shareholding.

Call ended when I insisted on written details rather than fax or e-mail.

Feb 28, 2014
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Howell & bradford
by: Anonymous

Has anyone here been contacted by Howell & Bradford regarding a take over of parallel media group??

Feb 27, 2014
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same same but different...
by: Steve

Same deal, request to sign an NDA and return - sorry but I couldn't be bothered to take the process any farther to prove they want an upfront bond, but it was clear the guy was talking utter s**** (my paltry 98 shares are worth about 80p each, dude was quoting around £15 approx buy out price). The story this time was for "taxation purposes".

keeglobalcorp (website created one month ago, registered in the Gold Coast Australia, the company is from Chicago).

Add these guys to the list... Hopefully they don't steal anyone's money.

Feb 25, 2014
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Call from Baron Group Ltd
by: Anonymous

I have had 2 calls in the last few days re a hostile takeover and an offer to buy my National Power shares (which I sold years ago). Today's call was from James Carter in New York representing a company called Baron Group Ltd. He rambled on and said he wanted to email me some documentation. Blah, blah, have a nice day!

Feb 17, 2014
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another call
by: Anonymous

Just had a call supposedly from America wanting to buy my Centrica shares. They had a client who wants to purchase 51% of the shares. They only need another 8% (sound familiar). I told her I wasn't interested in selling my shares and asked where they were calling from and what time it was. Well she said I'm calling from New York and its just past 10.00 in the morning.

I wanted some more information about the takeover whether it was legal etc and why I hadn't read or heard anything about it. She told me as it was a hostile takeover it hadn't been made public so I asked if it was insider dealing and if so I thought that was illegal.

I asked the name of the company she was calling from and she said she would send me full details in the prospectus but I said as the callers ID on my phone showed International, I would like to know who I was talking to and she just hung up.

Jan 10, 2014
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Prime Capital re Standard Life
by: Colin C

Had a call from Megan of Prime Capital, which she said was based in New York. She sounded either Mexican American or Caribbean American. Once more it was about my wife’s Standard Life Shares (which were sold several years ago). Again, their client was engaged in a hostile takeover of Standard Life and had 43% of shareholders committed. There was the opportunity for my wife’s shareholding to be accepted in the 8% more needed by their client. The client would be offering over the current shares price. The offer would probably be in the region of £7 to £15.

This was a tax related acquisition, she said. The client had had a very profitable year and would be able to offset any premium against tax over the next 5 years.

She was going to send me a Non-Disclosure document, so we wouldn’t be able to say anything about the transaction until it was completed. A payment of some sort would be required up front (of course!). As the line was not too clear I asked her to email me the documents so that I could see what was required. I think the line “dropped” mid-sentence at that point. I await the email with bated breath.

Isn’t it good to waste the time of these people!?

Dec 09, 2013
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ABILITY HOLDINGS & COVER CAPITAL PARTNERS
by: Anonymous

Just had a call from a William Davis from Pennsylvania purporting to be an attorney representing Cover Capital Partners in a Takeover matter. Advising me that I was able to make a claim for compensation in the amount of US$135,000 relating to 15,000 shares (which I have never owned)currently held in escrow by the US Government.

He sent me an email with a number of files attached which he wanted me to sign and return. On their receipt back in the US the funds would simply be released and I would be US$135,000 better off. Sounds fantastic and I could really use the funds.

Typed a few keywords into Google and surprise, surprise - Ability Holdings is no longer listed so the Takeover must have been a great success after all.

Didn't do anything about it and then received a further phone call again today from William advising me that he assumed I was not interested in the US$135,000. He is going to email me a "Default Notice" and a "Release" preventing me from taking legal action against them for not taking up the offer. Could I please sign the documents and return! A really nice gentleman and ordinarily a pleasure to do business with.

One other concern I have is that once opened, an email can release unwanted viruses and other clandestine invaders into your computer system that can start merrily hacking into your bank accounts and other electronic activities. Be aware that anything that sounds too good to be true usually is.

Oct 22, 2013
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If it seems too good to be true - it is.
by: Anonymous

Just found this website courtesy of my daughter who is a solicitor. My call from Lockport Consultants tonight advised me that my shares in Iberdrola have increased 150 fold. I'm rich, I'm rich !!!!!! Now all I need is someone to buy them from me without my having to part with money beforehand. AS IF.

The most unfortunate thing about this is that some people have actually fallen for these scams. (There but for the grace of God) Be warned.

Oct 18, 2013
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Scottish Power takover
by: Anonymous

Have had phone calls from woman with American accent phoning about this acquisition earlier this year, then again a few months later, sent documentation regarding shares held (only a few) not worth bothering about really.

Heard nothing for ages, so sent email asking what had happened. Then have had calls from 'Henry' again American.

He was non stop talking but when he got to the part where I had to put up front almost £5k and said NO - take it out of the money that you are going to give me for my share sale, atmosphere turned a little grey !!!

Told him to send all documentation to me to look over - hahaha will probably wait a long time.

This is a SCAM

Oct 09, 2013
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BT Group shares again ...
by: Anonymous

Ryan from LP Consultants(?) rang ... said he's in America. Usual guff about buying BT Shares for hostile takeover. When I asked him for LP web site address he said it would be in the documentation. I said I would read the documentation if he sent it. He hung up.

Oct 08, 2013
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Wanted to buy BT Group shares
by: Anonymous

Had call this evening from guy with american accent, said he was in Glasgow, wanting to buy BT Group shares for client who is proposing a hostile takeover.

When I showed no interest he said my shares would be given to charity when the hostile takeover went ahead - yeah, right - and when I told him I know it is a scam he threatened to get his "local lawyer" to sue me for libel ... *sighs*.

He seemed happy to waste his time on the 'phone call!

Oct 07, 2013
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Scottish Power scam
by: Anonymous

Received calls from Lockport Consultants, New York, offering me £8 - £18 for my Scottish Power shares, sold years ago. Lockport website is VERY poor, full of spelling mistakes and bad grammer etc.

Oct 07, 2013
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DT Group Business solutions
by: Anonymous

You are advised to be careful when dealing with this organisation, DT Group Business solutions.

See: http://fca.org.uk/news/warnings/dt-group-business-solutions

Oct 04, 2013
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Another call today.
by: Anonymous

Received a call from USA regarding Hostile Takeover of shares (which I do not have now)of Scottish Power shares sold years ago.

Asked for Email Address.... which I refused to give..... that gets rid of this scam.

Sep 30, 2013
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DT Group Business Solutions
by: Anonymous

Anyone been getting calls recently from this mob about a hostile takeover of a large UK company?

Sep 26, 2013
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ITV Shares scam Hamilton International
by: Anonymous

I have also recently had calls from this Company asking to sell my shares in ITV x3 their value!! It is a Con and stay well away from them.

Sep 25, 2013
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Iberdrola
by: Anonymous

I too have received repeated phone calls from HAMILTON INTERNATIONAL GROUP and e-mails from Ms. Margaret Austin (Mergers & Acquisition Department) regarding "a client" wishing to stage a takeover of Iberdrola offering to pay me £60,000+ for 3x the number of shares that I own. Similarly the catch was, they wanted £4800+ for an 'insurance bond'.

I'm grateful to Colin and this web site for confirmation of my concerns that this was all a scam.

The Hamilton International website all looks professional and legit but the hard sell and pressure that they give to respond to their e-mails immediately, in addition to the multiplication of my shares, rang alarm bells

Sep 19, 2013
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Hamilton International / Iberdrola
by: Colin

I was contacted by Andrew Crawford from Hamilton's offering to pay me £40,000+ for 103 Iberdrola shares! Catch was, they wanted £4400 for an 'insurance bond'.

If they had tried a more realistic figure I might have been tempted. The whole scam was quite elaborate with official looking documents and web site.

Sep 17, 2013
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Byrd and Fleming etc
by: Harry G

Byrd and Fleming associates - Share scam - received a call just over a week ago, from a Richard Gomez,regarding what was obviously a share scam. Went a long with it until we got to the punch line then told them where to go.

It is however concerning, a very drawn out affair and some people could easily be duped. Lets highlight these scumbags for what they are.

If you are offered some deal that sounds to good to be true, it more than likely is.


Sep 12, 2013
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These scammers
by: Pulltheotherone!

A couple of people posting on here have mentioned being able to check when and where a bogus website was set up. My question - how do you do that?

Thanks.

Sep 11, 2013
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