Carbon credit scams: What to look out for
We’ve recently seen an increase in reports of cold calls, emails and letters offering to buy unwanted carbon credits and invest the proceeds. You can find out more on the carbon credits on the Financial Conduct Authority’s official website.
This increase appears to follow on from the widespread mis-selling of carbon credits, which in 2014, 2015 and 2016 saw a large number of multi-million pound carbon credit companies shut down following Insolvency Service investigations.
Please visit the following links for more information on the carbon credits scams on the official UK Government website.
- More multi-million pound carbon credit companies are shut down following Insolvency Service investigations
- 8 companies involved in multi-million pound international carbon credit and wine investment scam ordered to close
- Major carbon credit network unpicked by Insolvency Service
In light of this ongoing scam, please take extra care and exercise caution if you receive:
- a cold call from a withheld number
- any unsolicited emails from an email address such as
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
- an unusually attractive unsolicited offer to buy unwanted carbon credits. If it seems too good to be true, chances are it is.
If you think you have been a victim of fraud please report to Action Fraud.
Additionally, if you receive any suspicious communications related to Aviva Plc, please report them to email@example.com or call + 44 (0) 1603 682412.
Lastly, when considering investing we recommend using the following FCA webpage for verifying any potential investment opportunities that you may have been recommended. Check you carbon credits offer here http://scamsmart.fca.org.uk/warninglist/