We ask you - as clients, investors and business partners - to remain vigilant to the risk of fraud and fraudulent communications to help us in the global fight against fraud.
Bestinvest will not contact you directly via social media such as Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn.
We urge you in particular to stay alert to the dangers of investment fraud, even if documents or websites refer to genuine products and appear legitimate. Any potential investors should exercise extreme caution. Bestinvest will take no responsibility for any potential losses you may incur.
We are aware that fraudsters may be using the following website or domain(s) to try and defraud the public. We confirm the following domains are not a Bestinvest ones and that emails received from any addresses using these domains are not from Bestinvest.
We are also aware of fraudsters, purporting to be from Bestinvest, cold calling looking for investors. We confirm the following funds are not Bestinvest funds.
- Mini bond with Westway Holdings.
We are aware that members of the public are approached by individuals pretending to be employees or representatives of one of the Tilney Smith & Williamson group companies, Smith & Williamson, or even impersonating some of their employees, with Capital Gain Tax calculation invoices on Cryptocurrency gains, “in accordance with AML/KYC Act 2022”.
These invoices are signed by individuals typically posing as “Ami Jack” and “David Cobb”.
Usually once these invoices are received, another fraudulent firm, unrelated to Smith and Williamson, contacts the persons who have received these invoices for payment collection. These firms are usually fraudulent and clones of other FCA regulated firms. They may provide altered/photoshopped screenshots of the firm’s FCA registration and authorised individuals acting on their behalf to convince that they are legitimate.
Please do not engage with the sender if you receive such invoices or any communications relating to Cryptocurrencies tax calculations from Smith and Williamson. Smith and Williamson will never send such invoices to members of the public or ask you for payment.
We have also been made aware of ‘fake authority’ scams, where clients have been contacted by fraudsters claiming to be from the FCA, who have stated that their investments are not safe and need to be transferred out to another bank account while the FCA complete an internal investigation. The FCA are aware of this type of scam and have further details on their website - https://www.fca.org.uk/consumers/fake-fca-communications
We have received reports of a fraudulent website, purporting to be Bestinvest. The following websites are not associated with Bestinvest:
If you are in any doubt regarding the legitimacy of any communication purporting to be from Bestinvest, please refer to the information provided on this webpage in the first instance or contact the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where appropriate, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and/or Action Fraud have been made aware of these issues.
Further information can also be found at https://www.fca.org.uk/consumers/protect-yourself-scams.
If you have lost money as a result of a scam, you should contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk