This certainly looks like a scam. It is better known as 'boiler room' fraud and usually involves the sale or transfer of shares or similar, such as carbon credits.
The ways in such scams operate are as follows:
• You are contacted, most commonly cold-called, by a company that offers to either sell you new credits or buy existing credits off you. You may even have been the victim of a similar scam in the past and they are offering you a lifeline by telling you they can buy these credits off you and return some of the money you have lost. Often they will be linked to the original fraudsters
• If you are selling your credits the scam would involve a request for a payment in advance. This could be for various reasons, such as commission, security, insurance, taxes, etc. None of these would ever be required in real life and you should not have to pay any such fees in advance of the sale.also they may try and make it look like a ‘safe’ transaction by using an escrow service, although in reality it would be a fake escrow and the money would still go directly to them
The broker is unlikely to be a real and legitimately registered company. They are also commonly working from professionally looking websites, which have been created very recently. This is because they would have only been created for the purpose of the scam and would not last long before being taken down by the authorities.
You can report this by contacting the Financial Conduct Authority on(###) ###-####1000 or by using the Boiler Room Report Form: http://www.fsa.gov.uk/pages/doing/regulated/law/alerts/form.shtml
You may also report this to Action Fraud.
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