Shareholder Information

Warning to shareholders

Boiler Room Scams

Shareholders are advised to be very wary of any unsolicited phone calls or correspondence concerning investment matters, such as advice, offers to buy shares at a discount or offers of free company reports. These are typically from overseas based “brokers” who target UK shareholders offering to sell them what often turn out to be worthless or high risk shares in US or UK investments. These operations are commonly known as “boiler rooms”. These “brokers” can be very persistent and extremely persuasive and it is not just the novice investor who has been duped in this way.

If you receive any unsolicited investment advice:
  • Make sure you get the correct name of the person and organisation.
  • Check that they are properly authorised by the FCA before getting involved by visiting the FCA website 
  • Check the FCA’s “Beware of share fraud”  and ScamSmart leaflets which provide guidance to shareholders on what they should do if they receive an unsolicited, suspicious call about investing in shares
  • Report the matter to the FCA either by calling their consumer helpline on 0800 111 6768 or completing an online form on the FCA website 
  • If the calls persist, hang up.
Remember:
  • It is very unlikely that an authorised firm that you have no relationship with would contact you out of the blue offering to buy or sell shares or offer other investment opportunities. 
  • If you deal with an unauthorised firm, you will not be eligible to receive payment under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. 


Unsolicited Mail

We are legally obliged to make our register of members available to the public. As a consequence of this some shareholders might receive unsolicited mail. Shareholders wishing to limit the amount of such mail should write to the:-

Mailing Preference Service 
FREEPOST 29 LON20771
London 
W1E 0ZT  

Shareholders can also register online at www.mpsonline.org.uk or request an application form by calling from within the UK: 0845 703 4599 or by email to mps@dma.org.uk.
 

Identity theft

Advice on protecting your STV Group plc shares:
  • Ensure your share certificates are kept in a safe place or hold your shares electronically in CREST via a nominee.
  • Keep all correspondence from Link Asset Services in a safe place or destroy correspondence by shredding. 
  • If you change address, write and advise Link Asset Services. However, if you receive a letter from Link Asset Services regarding a change of address and you have not moved, contact Link Asset Services immediately. 
  • If you change your bank or building society account, write and advise Link Asset Services of the new details and respond to any letters Link Asset Services send you about this. 
  • If you are buying or selling shares only deal with brokers registered in your country of residence or the UK.