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Do you know the individuals behind the company/that you dealt with?
In the case of the Graphene I have the name of the Compliance Officer with whom I dealt, but he is now not contactable.
For the Rare Earths, I have the name of the Managing Director.
Are you pretty sure this might be a fraud of some type?
I am not sure. However the commodities were bought with the promise by the two companies to find a buyer, and now they will be almost impossible to sell as the companies have disappeared.
Okay. Well, if you can work with the police and work out if there is a fraud, then you might be able to obtain what's called a freezing order, to freeze the assets of the company and those whom you can show have some involvement in any fraud.
If this ins't a fraud and it's simply a company that has gone bust in the usual course of things, then there is probably very little you can do in all honesty to recover your money. That said, it is worth speaking to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (www.fscs.org.uk) and the potentially the Financial Ombudsman Service (www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk).
If you issue court proceedings first, the ombudsman is unlikely to wan to get involved, and for the amounts of the investments you're talking about, I would encourage you to go and see a solicitor and have some initial investigations done to see whether you can establish if there is fraudulent conduct/behaviour here, as this will alter what you consider doing.