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The Pensions Regulator (TPR) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), supported by The Money and Pensions Service (MaPS), say fears over the impact of the pandemic on markets and personal finances may make savers more vulnerable to scams or making a decision that could damage their long-term interests.
They are urging savers to take their time and visit the Pensions Advisory Service website for free plain English pensions guidance before making any decisions about their retirement savings.
Watch out for scams related to Coronavirus. These scams take many forms and could be about insurance policies, pensions transfers, or high-return investment opportunities. Scammers are sophisticated, opportunistic and will try many things. They are also very likely to target the vulnerable. Beware of investments that appear to be too good be true.
For example, if you are under 55 and anyone tries to tell you that you can take a loan from your pension to tide you over don’t believe them – you can’t!
To help protect yourself you should:
There is further advice on the FCA’s ScamSmart website about how to protect yourself and if you suspect you may have been contacted in what could be a scam.