• Warning about fraudulent communication that use the name of First State Investments / First State

    First State Investments is aware that from time to time, fraudsters will send out letters, text messages, faxes and emails targeting residents in the United Kingdom and abroad, using the name of First State Investments or related companies in an attempt to entice them into handing over personal information or financial information.

    How to identify the fraud communications:

     

    The content of the fraudulent communications (sent either as a letter, email or fax) will often appear in one of the following forms:

    • The communication claims to be from First State Investments or related company.
    • The author claims to be the employee of First State Investments, who will claim that an investment opportunity is being made available to the victim.
    • The email will be from a non-First State Investments email address domain i.e. would use a generic email provider like Gmail, Hotmail, Outlook etc.

     

    If you are an investor and receive an unexpected or unsolicited communication of this sort, please treat it with caution.

    What you should do if you receive one of these communications:

     

    • Do not respond to any of the email addresses, telephone or fax numbers enclosed in the communications.
    • Contact us on enquiries@firststate.co.uk or contact your relationship manager.
    • UK residents who are concerned that they might have been a victim of fraud can report the matter and seek further advice from Action Fraud, a service run by the UK Government's National Fraud and Cyber Crime Reporting Centre. Action Fraud can be contacted by telephone on 0300 123 2040, or by visiting their website www.actionfraud.police.uk
    • Non UK residents should contact the Police Authority or Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) within their country of residence.

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