Pirates do exist and they're targeting you over the phone

25 March 2010

Last night I had a call from a company called Research Capital. The gentleman on the end of the line sounded very official and plausible.
He wanted me to confirm my name and address, and asked if I was the homeowner. When I asked him why he wanted to know, he said he wanted to send me a newsletter.
I wasn’t in the mood for the call and was deeply suspicious so I asked him what country he was calling from. He replied Grenada, which I suspected anyway as he had a thick Caribbean accent.
I asked him to confirm his company name, address and telephone number, but he said all that would be on the newsletter. I said I would prefer to know a little more about his company before engaging in any kind of dialogue, so again I insisted on him giving me his website address, his telephone number and contacts... needless to say he wouldn’t.
I asked him if he was registered with the FSA and what his registration number was, but he fudged it by saying “that will be covered in the newsletter".
By this time I was really narked off with the call as it was my daughter's bathtime, so I said I'd heard that there were companies in the Caribbean professing to be genuine investment companies, and falsely registered with the FSA in the UK, that were in fact trading fraudulently and conning unsuspecting members of the British public out of money  – was his company one of those?
He rang off.
Though I was clearly unable to investigate the offer sufficiently to find out if it was genuine, I strongly suspect that it was a scam.

These 'companies' call at the most inconvenient times - having somehow managed to obtain information about you in advance of their calls - and are ripping innocent people off with scam financial investments.
Anyway, it looks like the Isla de Muerta, Tortuga and the Pirates of the Caribbean do exist - except it’s not the ‘Black Pearl’ they use to plunder their unsuspecting prey but the telephone and internet.