It has been brought to the company's attention that investors in a number of UK listed companies have been targeted by share fraudsters, in particular where investors are called out of the blue and offered shares that often turn out to be worthless or non-existent, or an inflated price for shares they own. These calls come from fraudsters operating in 'boiler rooms' that are mostly based outside the UK. While high profits are promised, those who buy or sell shares in this way usually lose their money.

The UK Financial Services Authority and The Institute of Company Secretaries and Administrators Registrars Group have published further guidance on how investors can identify and protect themselves from scams, such as unsolicited investment advice, discounted shares, a premium price for shares you own, or free company or research reports. The guidance, including details about who to contact in the event that investor is approached about a share scam, can be found by clicking on this link.