The National Fraud and Cyber-Crime Reporting Office recently issued an ‘Alert Notice’ regarding fraud focused on the new Pensioner Bonds. Fraudsters have set up a bogus website claiming to be the official site of National Savings & Investments (NS&I) and are contacting members of the public through cold calls to offer them the chance to invest in the 65+ Bonds.
Victims are then receiving a follow up email and/or phone call from the fraudsters who are requesting evidence of identity documents and bank account details either over the phone or by sending the victims fake forms to fill out. A common name that appears on the emails sent by the fraudsters is ‘Kevin Archer’, though doubtless several aliases will be used.
- NS&I do not pass personal or banking information to companies that cold call you.
- Please note that the only domain name (website address) that is legitimate is www.nsandi.com.
- NS&I do not make sales calls to potential customers (cold calls).
- An independent financial adviser can ensure all transactions are completed fraud-free on your behalf and advise which investment products are right for you.
If you have been a victim of fraud or suspect a company of fraud, please contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via the online reporting tool accessible via the Action-Fraud website (www.actionfraud.police.uk).
Sources: www.actionfraud.police.uk (Alert issued: 2015/04/25)