A major event like Coronavirus can initiate new types of scam activity, not just within pensions. Scammers are opportunistic and will target anyone. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have published a website providing examples of scam activity that can be linked to Coronavirus:
A pension scam is when someone tries to con you out of your pension pot. It often starts with being unexpectedly contacted about investing your pension money in a business opportunity which you haven’t previously spoken to someone about, or being contacted about taking your pension pot before you are age 55.
The caller may even suggest that the Government have asked them to contact you.
They may offer you a free pension review, and encourage you to transfer your funds quickly.
If this happens to you then it’s very likely to be a scam.
You could lose all your pension pot and be faced with a 55% tax bill too.
If you’re unsure you should contact us for further information.
The Financial Service Authority (FCA)
The Pensions Regulator
MoneyHelper (previously the Money Advice Service and the Pensions Advisory Service, and incorporating Pension Wise)
Other organisations who can provide assistance and guidance are:
Cifas is a not-for-profit fraud prevention organisation that helps protect individuals and organisations against fraud.
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