Clients should be extra vigilant if you receive any unexpected communications from third parties about their relationship with your Blacktower financial adviser or the company. If you do receive suspicious instructions, you are advised to check the legitimacy of these. If you believe you have been a victim of fraud, you should report it to the police as soon as possible. The sooner the fraud is reported, the greater the chance of containing or minimizing the damage.
The Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) limitations in relation to scams and mis-sold products have been brought into the spotlight in recent months, with a number of high-profile scandals.
For example, last year nearly 12,000 London Capital & Finance (LCF) investors lost approximately £237m (€277.8m) as a result of investing in mis-sold speculative mini-bonds.* This is because they weren’t aware of how to spot a scam.
A clearly frustrated LCF bondholder told press that it should be an imperative for HM Treasury and the government to take steps to clarify and strengthen the law in relation to liability. The LCF bondholder also called on government ministers to ensure better regulation of online ads, to make avoiding scams easier for victims.
More expats end up in France than any other country, according to MoveHub, which has recently released a report detailing global moving trends and revealing the favoured destinations of job-seeking migrants from all over the world. The international removal company analysed more than 180,000 move enquiries from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016 to see the most popular choices when it comes to relocating abroad.
In particular, the report looked at the moves of what it defined as ‘professional migrants’. This means individuals who are motivated to leave their country of origin by better job prospects and the lure of growing economies, which could lead to a better quality of life. The countries that attracted the most movers were France (1st), the United Kingdom (2nd), and the USA (3rd).