Please be alert when receiving telephone calls or emails from people purporting to represent 1825 Financial Planning, Standard Life Aberdeen (SLA) or any of its affiliated brands, including Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI), 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 SLA offering an investment opportunity or who have offered to buy their investment shares. If you have any concerns, do not hesitate to contact your Financial Planner who would be happy to help.
Some potential investors may be contacted by people who claim to be from 1825 or the SLA Group; fraudsters will often provide details to give the impression that they are calling on behalf of 1825 or the SLA Group 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 us, we would never make these types of offers and do not ‘cold-call’ investors in this way. Any third party making such offers has no links with SLA. These are attempts at fraud, they will either not exist or in fact be worthless; clients are advised not to respond to opportunities through cold callers, if something seems too good to be true it often is.
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.
If you think you have been the victim of a fraudulent scam, or that someone is trying to defraud you, contact the Police. 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:
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.
If you have any fraud or financial crime related queries please contact the Head of Anti-Financial Crime and Group Money laundering reporting officer (MLRO), Runa Begum.