Please be alert when using price comparison websites, receiving telephone calls or emails from people purporting to represent abrdn or any of its affiliated brands, or third parties purporting to represent our interests.
We are aware of a number of scams and attempted frauds through phone calls and websites claiming to be from abrdn offering an investment opportunity or offering to buy existing investment shares (e.g. High Yield/Fixed Rate Bonds and also price comparison websites, social media advertising and search optimisation are being used to attract victims). If you have any concerns, contact our investor services centre using the details on our Contact Us page.
Members of the public may be contacted by people who claim to be from abrdn and even using legitimate abrdn employee names; fraudsters will often provide details to give the impression that they are calling on behalf of abrdn in order to try and make you invest with them. They may try and attempt to sell you products, bonds or investments with the promise of financial gain or offer you advice over the telephone or email you links to bogus websites; they may even also have official sounding names and job titles.
However, these callers do not work for abrdn; abrdn would never make these types of offers and does not ‘cold-call’ investors in this way. Any third party making such offers has no links with abrdn. These are attempts at fraud, they will either not exist or in fact be worthless; customers are advised not to respond to opportunities through cold callers, if something seems too good to be true it often is. You can check here for a complete list of authorised funds.
Similar to cold calling, fraudsters may contact you by email. They may ask you to provide personal information by email; the source of the email may be unclear or the company name and email address may be slightly misspelt. Be alert for emails which contain poor grammar, spelling or punctuation.
abrdn will never ask you to pay funds into an account in the name of a third party, when investing with abrdn you will always be requested to pay into an account in the name of abrdn or one of its subsidiaries.
PLEASE NOTE: If you deal with an unauthorised firm you will have no protection if something goes wrong.
If you think you have been the victim of a fraudulent scam, or that someone is trying to defraud you, contact your bank and the Police as soon as possible. Fraudsters are known to re-target those previously targeted, claiming that they can recover lost money; this is false. There are other actions you can take, depending on what country you live in.
If you live in the UK the services in this list can help if you have, or think you have been the victim of fraud:
A clone firm will claim to be an authorised firm and may quote the real firm's Firm Reference Number (FRN) and address to suggest it is genuine. It might say it is connected to foreign firms listed on the Register or even copy an authorised firm’s website or investment materials, making subtle changes to details such as the contact phone number.
We have identified the below clone firms as claiming to be part of our group:
SLA Clients Ltd, previously known as JJ West Ltd (company number SC583141)
Requesting that investments that are made in a fraudulent bond are made payable to their account.
Standard Life Bonds (clone of FCA authorised firm)
• Financial Services Register – https://register.fca.org.uk/s/unauthorised-firm?id=0014G00002Za1NzQAJ
• List of unauthorised firm’s and individuals page – https://www.fca.org.uk/news/warnings/standard-life-bonds-clone-fca-authorised-firm
Standard Life Aberdeen (clone of FCA recognised product and UK registered company)
• Financial Services Register – https://register.fca.org.uk/s/unauthorised-firm?id=0014G00002Za1RlQAJ
• List of unauthorised firm’s and individuals page - https://www.fca.org.uk/news/warnings/standard-life-aberdeen-clone-recognised-product-uk-registered-company
Clone Firms for ASI
List of unauthorised firm’s and individuals page – https://www.fca.org.uk/news/warnings/aberdeen-standard-investments-clone-authorised-firm
If you live outside the UK please check what services are available in your area, either from your government or consumer advice bodies. You can also search online for topics like "fraud prevention" or "report fraud".
If you have been caught out, it’s important that you report it to the authorities. If you do not report it to the authorities then we will not be able to assist. There may be others who have also fallen victim of the same scam and your information may form part of a bigger investigation and assist with an ongoing investigation.