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Fraud alert

Please be aware of the latest fraud alerts below.


FRUADULENT INVESTEC ASSET MANAGEMENT LIMITED EMAILS – INVESTEC CORPORATE BOND

It has come to our attention that fraudsters are contacting members of the public purporting to be employees of Investec Asset Management Limited (or the wider Group), offering for sale a fixed rate corporate bond offering 6.9% Interest over 12 months. Additionally, the fraudsters are also offering details of the following services:

  • Managed high yield property fund;
  • Professionally managed nominee equity trading accounts;
  • Minute by Minute Forex trading platforms; and
  • Introduction to our exclusive 2017 IPO's.

The emails request members of the public to provide personal information, in the format laid out below:

NAME:

TELEPHONE:

PREFERENCE/INTERESTED IN: (e.g. Bons, Equity, IPO, etc.)

By completing these fields does not mean the above mentioned person/persons agree/s to participate in any type of investment product presented by Investec Asset Management or any associated partners. Any further information requested is solely on a "Non-Obligation" basis and does not mean the above mentioned wish to continue, purchase or proceed with any type of investment presented by our company.

These emails are purporting to be from The Administration Department, Private Clients, Investor Relations, Investec Asset Management.

We are aware of the following fake email address being used by the fraudsters:

  • info@investec-group.co.uk

We are aware of the following telephone numbers being used by fraudsters:

  • TEL +44 (0) 20 7097 1362
  • FAX +44 (0) 20 7097 1363

Please note the fraudsters have copied the URL from our website into their scam email template.

These emails are not from Investec Asset Management Limited, nor any other Investec Group Company.

If you receive an unsolicited call, email or Text from anyone claiming to be from Investec Asset Management Limited or another Investec Group Company, please either contact your usual Financial Adviser or alternatively contact us via email on enquiries@investecmail.com or telephone +44 (0) 207 597 1800.


Incidents of attempted fraud in relation to client’s personal account details

It has come to our attention that criminals are sending fraudulently certified anti-money laundering Identity documents to various financial institutions. The fraudsters are requesting that the financial institution amends “their” personal email and telephone contact details held in the Firm’s records. The identity documents are fraudulently stamped with an Investec Asset Management Limited (“IAML”) certified true copy stamp with the certifier’s name being Christina Stables, who is a genuine IAML member of staff.

If you receive any certified identity documents purporting to be from a genuine client that appears to have been certified by IAML and you have any reason to doubt the authenticity of the document(s) received, please in the first instance contact your client via known contact details to verify the validity of the instruction and documents received.

If you receive an unsolicited call, email or text from anyone claiming to be from Investec Asset Management Limited (IAML) or another Investec Group Company, please either contact your usual Financial Adviser or alternatively contact us via email on enquiries@investecmail.com or telephone +44 (0) 207 597 1800.

INVESTEC PERSONNEL GROUP INC

It has come to our attention that fraudsters are contacting members of the public claiming to have employment opportunities for them. They are requesting R295, or it  could be another amount from the email recipients. The actual email received is detailed below:-

"Good day, the job you applied for has been secured  either in [banking/IT/Admin- Secretarial/Cabin Crew/Shipping Clerk]and offered to you, what is just remaining is the credit  background check and please pay R295  so that we  process it immediately i.e  if you know your’e not blacklisted, to FNB account number 62702655335  account names INTERCASH TM and use your ID number as deposit reference, please fax proof of payments  and your current physical address to 0867609509. Do it immediately for you’re to start work immediately, deadline  is 15th august 2017. Whatsapp only  0738126084"

We are aware of the following false Investec name being used by fraudsters: 

  • INVESTEC PERSONNEL GROUP INC

We are aware of the following bogus names used by fraudsters:

  • Felicia Martins

We are aware of the following email address currently being used by the fraudsters:

  • SA Jobs Rank Consulting
  • jobsdurban2017@gmail.com

We are aware of the following telephone number being used by fraudsters:

  • TEL 0110470894
  • FAX 0867609509

We are aware of the following address being used by the fraudsters: 

  • MAUDE STREET SANDTON JOHANNESBURG 2196 / STEPHEN DLAMIN ROAD MUSGRAVE CENTER DURBAN 4001.

If you receive an unsolicited call, email or Text from anyone claiming to be from Investec Asset Management Limited or another Investec Group Company, please either contact your usual Financial Adviser or alternatively contact us via email on enquiries@investecmail.com or telephone +44 (0) 207 597 1800.


Investec Financial Incorporated- European, African and USA Consumer Sweepstake Lottery Scam

It has come to our attention that fraudsters are writing to members of the public advising them that they have won a prize in the European, African and USA Consumer Sweepstake Lottery. The fraudsters are sending the recipients a cheque to help them pay the advanced processing fee of $3,400.00. We believe this cheque is a fake cheque. We are aware these fraudsters may be asking victims for their home address to send a courier to collect the $3400.00 processing fee and give them a cheque in the amount of US $250,000.00. If you receive a letter from these fraudsters, please do not correspond with them or provide them with any personal information.

 We are aware of the following false Investec name being used by fraudsters:

  • Investec Financial Incorporated (Lottery, Resources Management & Payment Verification)

 We are aware of the following bogus names used by fraudsters:

  • Henry Akinson – Claims Agent
  • Glenda Eveland – Promotion Manager
  • Walter Oni – Claims Agent
  • Ms Julia Vander

 We are aware of the following telephone number being used by fraudsters:

  • 011 4479 2458 5890
  • 1-877-425-2728
  • 1-877-434-5292
  • 1-877-688-5828

If you receive an unsolicited call, email or Text from anyone claiming to be from Investec Asset Management Limited or another Investec Group Company, please either contact your usual Financial Adviser or alternatively contact us via email on enquiries@investecmail.com or telephone +44 (0) 207 597 1800.


FAKE INVESTEC WEBSITES

It has come to our attention that fraudsters have established a number of fake Investec websites including those listed below. Please do not respond to emails, social media or internet links to these fake sites as you will not be corresponding with Investec Asset Management.

 We are aware of the following fake sites:

  • Investecmedia.com
  • Investec-uk.com
  • Investecsolar.com
  • Investecsecurity.com
  • Investecenergy.com
  • Firstinvestec.com

If you receive email, social media or internet links to any of the above sites, please either contact your usual Financial Adviser or alternatively contact us via email on enquiries@investecmail.com or telephone +44 (0) 207 597 1800.


SCAM EMAILS – FRAUDULENT DECEASED ESTATES

It has come to our attention that fraudsters are contacting members of the public purporting to be employees of Investec Asset Management Limited. The fraudsters claim to represent a deceased client who has died Intestate and who has the same surname as the email recipient. The fraudsters are then asking the person to contact them by return email to obtain more information.

 We are aware of the following email address currently being used by the fraudsters:

  • phil@investecmanagement.co.uk
  • phth4443@gmail.com

 We are aware of the following bogus names used by fraudsters:

  • Philip Thomson
  • Phil Thomson

We are aware of the following telephone number being used by fraudsters:

  • +447586103341

If you receive such an email or an unsolicited call, email or Text from anyone claiming to be from Investec Asset Management Limited or another Investec Group Company, please either contact your usual Financial Adviser or alternatively contact us via email on enquiries@investecmail.com or telephone +44 (0) 207 597 1800.


FAKE EMAILS – Requesting Transfer of Funds

It has come to our attention that fraudsters have emailed a client and could also email members of the public, using the name and email address of a genuine Investec employee called Nick Dixon.

The fraudsters are asking for assistance to transfer Sterling from South Africa to Singapore, as their client is experiencing problems with the forex department at the South African Reserve Bank.

The bank account details being used are:

United Overseas Bank
Address : 30 Raffles Place, Singapore 048622
Beneficiary : PlutusTeam PTE Limited
Address : 4, Leng Kee Road #06-07 SiS Building Singapore 159088
Account Number : 3759012176
Swift Code : UOVBSGSG

These emails are not being sent by Nick Dixon.

If you receive such an email or an unsolicited call, email or Text from anyone claiming to be from Investec Asset Management Limited or another Investec Group Company, please either contact your usual Financial Adviser or alternatively contact us via email on enquiries@investecmail.com or telephone +44 (0) 207 597 1800.


Marie Holmes Donation – Lottery Scam

It has come to our attention that fraudsters are texting and emailing members of the public purporting to be Marie Holmes (a US lottery winner) and proposing to make a donation of £600,000 to the text recipient.

 We are aware of the following email addresses and phone numbers are currently being used by fraudsters

  • Investeccare.crb@carib.com
  • StephenKosef@outlook.com
  • customercare_investec@outlook.com
  • kstephen_investec@outlook.com
  • +447087691981
  • 17875978564
  • +447-031-910-045
  • +441-133-204-991
  • +447-031-969-309

 If you receive an unsolicited call, email or Text from anyone claiming to be from Investec Asset Management Limited or another Investec Group Company, please either contact your usual Financial Adviser or alternatively contact us via email on enquiries@investecmail.com or telephone +44 (0) 207 597 1800.


Advanced Fee Fraud to release a cash consignment – Investec Asset Management, London (UK)

It has come to our attention that fraudsters are contacting members of the public purporting to be employees of Investec Asset Management Limited. These fraudsters may initially contact people through dating websites. These fraudsters claim to hold a cash consignment of $2 Million for the person and are asking for an administrative and logistic handling charge (advanced fee) to release the money to the individual(s). We are aware that these fraudsters are asking people to meet them in London to take receipt of the administrative and logistic handling charge (advanced fee) in cash. The fraudsters are asking the individuals to send them advance details of their hotel bookings and flight arrangements by email. These individuals do not represent Investec Asset Management Limited. We recommend people do not travel to London to meet these individuals nor provide them with any personal details.

We are aware of the following email addresses are currently being used by fraudsters to contact members of the public:

  • investecmanagement@financier.com
  • investecmanagement@consultant.com
  • pauledwardsci@yahoo.co.uk
  • barrister.wilfrjones@lawyer.com
  • operationdept.investec@europe.com 

We are aware of the following bogus names used by fraudsters:

  • Paul Edward, Head of Foreign Operations
  • Alex Stevenson
  • Wilfred Jones
  • Helen Cooper, Secretary/Legal Adviser
  • James Smith
  • Paul Howard

We are aware the person calling himself Paul Edward has provided a copy of a UK Driving Licence with a DOB of 10.01.1971 to a victim. We believe this driving licence is fraudulent and we will report the information contained on the driving licence to the police.

We are aware that the fraudsters have been using the following telephone number(s):

  • +447442382826
  • +447563358136
  • +447070308686
  • +447435289834

If you receive an unsolicited call or email from anyone claiming to be from Investec Asset Management, please either contact your usual Financial Adviser or alternatively contact us via email on enquiries@investecmail.com or telephone +44 (0) 207 597 1800. If you have been a victim of this type of fraud and are based in the United Kingdom, please report this to your local police station or to Action Fraud at the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) (http://www.actionfraud.police.uk / Telephone: +44 (0) 300 123 2040). Please also refer to the City of London Police Economic Crime Division website for more information or if you are not in the UK, contact your local police force.


Investec Investment Strategies – Fraud

It has come to our attention that fraudsters are cold calling members of the public purporting to be employees of “Investec”. Please be aware we would not give advice or cold call members of the public. We also do not act as broker dealer.

Fraudsters are initially contacting people by telephone and then sending a follow up email with a brochure titled: “Investec Investment Strategies”.

We are aware of the following email address is currently used by fraudsters to contact clients:

  • andrew.weston@ inv-ipo.com

We are aware that fraudsters have been using the following telephone number(s):

  • +44 203 129 0262

We are aware that fraudsters have been using the following website address:

  • www.inv-ipo.com

If you receive an unsolicited call or email from anyone claiming to be from Investec Asset Management, please either contact your usual Financial Adviser or alternatively contact us via email on enquiries@investecmail.com or telephone +44 (0) 207 597 1800. If you have been a victim of this type of fraud and are based in the United Kingdom, please report this to your local police station or to Action Fraud at the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) (http://www.actionfraud.police.uk / Telephone: +44 (0) 300 123 2040. Please also refer to the City of London Police Economic Crime Division website for more information or if you are not in the UK, contact your local police force.


Certificate of Deposit and Deed of Lodge – Advance Fee Fraud

It has come to our attention that a person by the name of Ken Shaw and Sir Daniel Bernard have been contacting members of the public by email purporting to represent Investec Asset Management Limited and Investec Plc. The documents sent to people are (1) a certificate of deposit, (2) a deed of lodge and (3) a death certificate and they contain the name of someone with the same surname as the email recipient. The fraudsters are also requesting a scanned copy of the email recipients’ identity documents, preferably their driver’s license. Please be aware that this is an advance fee fraud and Ken Shaw and Dr. Kathleen Y. Bruce, whose name is mentioned on some of the documentation, do not represent Investec Asset Management Limited or Investec Plc.

We are aware of the following email addresses currently used by fraudsters to contact clients:

  • esq.keenshaw@gmail.com

We are aware of the following bogus names used by fraudsters:

  • Ken Shaw or Keen Shaw
  • Dr Kathleen Y. Bruce
  • Sir Daniel Bernard

We are aware of the following address being used by the fraudster(s):

  • 100 Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L3 9AB, United Kingdom

This address is the genuine address of Investec Wealth and Investment, Liverpool Office.

We advise clients and members of the public not to respond to these emails or open any links in emails that may be received from the aforementioned fraudsters. If you receive an unsolicited call, letters or emails from anyone claiming to be from Investec Asset Management Limited or another Investec Group Company, please either contact your usual Financial Adviser or alternatively contact us via email on enquiries@investecmail.com or telephone +44 (0) 207 597 1800.


LinkedIn

It has come to our attention that a person by the name of Philip Thomson has been contacting people on LinkedIn purporting to be an Investec Asset Management Limited employee. 
If you receive an unsolicited approach from anyone claiming to be from Investec Asset Management Limited, please either contact your usual Financial Adviser or alternatively contact us via email on enquiries@investecmail.com or telephone +44 (0) 207 597 1800.


New Boiler room fraud

It has come to our attention that fraudsters are cold calling members of the UK public purporting to be employees of Investec Asset Management Limited. Please be aware we would not give advice or cold call members of the public. We also would not act as broker to buy and sell shares or debt securities or provide post-trade and information services.

We are aware of the following bogus names used by fraudsters:

Fraudsters are offering the following bogus product(s):

We are aware of the following email addresses currently used by fraudsters to contact clients:

We are aware that fraudsters have been using the following telephone numbers:

If you receive an unsolicited call or email from anyone claiming to be from Investec Asset Management, please either contact your usual Financial Adviser or alternatively contact us via email on enquiries@investecmail.com or telephone +44 (0) 207 597 1800.

If you have been a victim of this type of fraud, please report this to your local police station or the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB)  (http://www.actionfraud.police.uk / Telephone: +44 (0) 300 123 2040). Please also refer to the City of London Police Economic Crime Division website for more information https://www.cityoflondon.police.uk/advice-and-support/fraud-and-economic-crime/nfib/Pages/default.aspx or if you are not in the UK, contact your local police force.


Fraud Scam – Investec Bank and Visa Signature Partnership

It has come to our attention that members of the public in Australia and possibly other countries are receiving emails from fraudsters claiming the recipient has won a lottery award. The email recipients are requested to complete a fraudulent account Application Form for Deposit Accounts with Investec Bank plc (for Modular iSipp, iSipp, Partnership SIPP, Private Client SIPP, Wrap SIPP and Select SIPP only). The emails are being sent by a Benjamin Lee, Visa Link Service P.O. Box 8909, San Francisco, CA 94128-8999, telephone number: +32 3076382 and email address is blatvsl2013@outlook.com

Please note Benjamin Lee nor Visa Signature Partnership represent Investec Bank plc or any other Investec Group Company. 

We advise clients and members of the public not to respond to these letters or open any links in emails that may be received from the aforementioned fraudsters. 
If you receive an unsolicited call, letters or emails from anyone claiming to be from Investec Asset Management Limited or another Investec Group Company, please either contact your usual Financial Adviser or alternatively contact us via email on enquiries@investecmail.com or telephone +44 (0) 207 597 1800.


Fraud Scam – Investec Asset Management Co - Sweepstakes Award Notification.

It has come to our attention that members of the public in the United States and possibly other countries are receiving letters from fraudsters claiming the recipient has won a Sweepstake Prize of USD100,000.00. The letter requests the recipient makes contact with the Sweepstakes Claim Department at Investec Asset Management Co and that Tim Abraham and Susan Bloom represent the London office of Investec Asset Management Co.  Please note Investec Asset Management Co is not connected to Investec Asset Management Limited and Tim Abraham & Susan Bloom do not represent Investec Asset Management Limited or any other Investec Group Company.

We advise clients and members of the public not to respond to these letters or open any links in emails that may be received from the aforementioned fraudsters.

If you receive an unsolicited call, letters or emails from anyone claiming to be from Investec Asset Management Limited or another Investec Group Company, please either contact your usual Financial Adviser or alternatively contact us via email on enquiries@investecmail.com or telephone +44 (0) 207 597 1800.


Fraud Scam using the name Investec Asset Managers

It has come to our attention that members of the public and Investec clients are receiving emails from fraudsters claiming to represent Investec Asset Management Limited. The email address being used by the fraudsters is NkosinathiManamela@investec.co.za

Please note Investec Asset Managers is not a division of Investec Asset Management Limited or connected to any other Investec Group Company.  

We advise clients and members of the public not to respond to or open any links in emails received from the aforementioned fraudulent email address. 

London 

If you receive an unsolicited call or emails from anyone claiming to be from Investec Asset Management Limited or another Investec Group Company, please either contact your usual Financial Adviser or alternatively contact us via email on enquiries@investecmail.com or telephone +44 (0) 207 597 1800.

South Africa

If you receive an unsolicited call or emails from anyone claiming to be from Investec Asset Management Limited or another Investec Group Company, please either contact your usual Financial Adviser or alternatively contact us via email on comm.centre@investecmail.com or telephone 0860 500 100.

Guernsey 

If you receive an unsolicited call or emails from anyone claiming to be from Investec Asset Management Limited or another Investec Group Company, please either contact your usual Financial Adviser or alternatively contact us via email on enquiries@investecmail.com or telephone 01481 740345.  


FAKE W8-BEN Forms

It has come to our attention that members of the public and Investec clients are receiving emails from fraudsters requesting on-line completion of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form W-8BEN (Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Witholding).  Legitimate IRS W8-BEN Forms are legitimate tax exemption documents, however the fraudsters are targeting individuals to acquire personal details such as:  your mother’s maiden name, passport number, date of birth and PIN numbers and passcodes. The legitimate W8-BEN Forms do not ask for any such personal information.  Members of the public and Investec clients should only be reporting the required legitimate information to their Qualified Intermediary or Withholding Agent.

If you receive an unsolicited call or email from anyone claiming to be from Investec Asset Management Limited or another Investec Group Company, please either contact your usual Financial Adviser or alternatively contact us via email on enquiries@investecmail.com or telephone +44 (0) 207 597 1800.


Bogus Company

It has come to our attention that members of the public are receiving email correspondence from the following bogus company:-

Company Name: INVESTEC LOANS

A Division of Investec Asset Management Limited,
Registered office: Woolgate Exchange, 25 Basinghall street, London EC2.
South Africa main Office: 4 Summer Strand Road, East London, Eastern Cape
Email: investec.loans@admin.in.th

Please note this company is not a division of Investec Asset Management Limited. Investec Asset Management Limited does not offer loans.

If you receive an unsolicited call or email from anyone claiming to be from Investec Asset Management Limited or another Investec Group Company, please either contact your usual Financial Adviser or alternatively contact us via email on enquiries@investecmail.com or telephone +44 (0) 207 597 1800.


Companies not connected to Investec Asset Management or Investec Group

It has come to our attention that members of the public are receiving telephone calls and email correspondence from the following people and companies:

David Hartland at Apex International Consulting Group
Website address: www.apexintlservices.com

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) already has a warning message on their website concerning Apex International Consulting Group (AICG). Please refer to the FCA’s website:

www.fca.org.uk/news/warnings/apex-international-consulting-group

Anthony Scott Justin Lang, Natalie Hudson and Michael Turner at Investec Capital Corporation Inc
Website address: investeccapitalcorpinc.com
Email address: info@investeccapitalcorpinc.com

Amy Boyd and Monica Cruise at Byrd Fleming and Associates
Website: www.bfandassociates.com
Email address: mail@bfandassociates.com

Please note neither of the aforementioned persons or companies are connected to or represent Investec Asset Management Limited or any other Investec Group Company. 

If you receive an unsolicited call or email from anyone claiming to be from Investec Asset Management Limited or another Investec Group Company, please either contact your usual Financial Adviser or alternatively contact us via email on enquiries@investecmail.com or telephone +44 (0) 207 597 1800.


Investec Ashes Lottery Draw

It has come to our attention that members of the public are receiving notification by email that they have won a Lottery Draw resulting from the Investec Ashes Series 2013. The notification has the Investec Ashes Series Logo and the address given is Lord’s Cricket Ground, St John’s Wood Road, London NW8 8QN. This is a scam and we advise anyone who receives such a notification to ignore it.

If you receive an unsolicited call or email from anyone claiming to be from Investec Asset Management Limited or another Investec Group Company, please either contact your usual Financial Adviser or alternatively contact us via email on enquiries@investecmail.com or telephone +44 (0) 207 597 1800. 


Boiler room fraud

It has come to our attention that fraudsters are cold calling members of the UK public purporting to be employees of Investec Asset Management. Please be aware we would not give advice or cold call members of the public. We also would not act as broker or provide post-trade and information services. 

False invitation to Annual General Meeting  

We are also aware that fraudsters have sent an invitation for a bogus Investec Annual General Meeting to members of the public, to be held at 2 Gresham Street, London, EC2V 7QP on the 12th April 2013. Please note this is not a legitimate Investec Asset Management meeting.

We are aware of the following bogus names used by fraudsters:

Fraudsters are offering the following bogus products:

We are aware that fraudsters have opened bank accounts with the following institutions:

We are aware of the following email addresses currently used by fraudsters to contact clients:

We are aware that fraudsters have been using the following telephone numbers:

If you receive an unsolicited call or email from anyone claiming to be from Investec Asset Management, please either contact your usual Financial Adviser or alternatively contact us via email on enquiries@investecmail.com or telephone +44 (0) 207 597 1800.

If you have been a victim of this type of fraud, please report this to your local police station or the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB)  (http://www.actionfraud.police.uk / Telephone: +44 (0) 300 123 2040). Please also refer to the City of London Police Economic Crime Division and the Metropolitan Police websites for more information or if you are not in the UK, contact your local police force.


Other Frauds

Advance Fee Fraud

We are aware that members of the public have received letters, claiming to be from Kim McFarland of Investec Asset Management, requesting charges relating to the delivery of a portfolio to their name. These letters refer to a London agent called Anthony Coles. Please note these letters do not come from Investec Asset Management and are a fraudulent attempt to obtain payments from individuals. If you have received a letter of this nature please contact your regional Investec office or if you are based in South Africa please consult the South African Police Service.

Bogus Cheques

We have become aware of members of the public receiving bogus cheques issued in the name of Investec Asset Management. If you have received a cheque from Investec that you were not expecting, please contact us via email on enquiries@investecmail.com or telephone +44 (0) 207 597 1800.

Settlement of claims in respect of deceased depositors

We are aware of scam emails being sent to members of the public in relation to “Settlement of claims in respect of deceased depositors.”The email address being used is kim.mcfarland@investec.co.uk . The reply box shows an email address of claims@bnpparibas.co.uk. These emails are not from Investec Asset Management. We would not send unsolicited emails of this nature to members of the public or our clients. Please note that Investec Asset Management does not use the banking services of BNP Paribas. Please do not respond to either of these aforementioned email addresses.