Thursday, 21 June 2018

Is Northern Powerhouse Developments Investment Genuine or a scam?

 Northern Powerhouse Developments was previously known as MBI Property Investments. They offer very high risk hotel room investments to high net worth individuals - these are not suitable investments for someone to put their life savings into

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Basset & Gold 9% 5 year compounding bond review

Basset and Gold are offering a bewildering array of different rate bonds but the common factor on all of them is that your money is at risk and you could lose ALL your money with them.

These are some really important points about the Basset Gold 9% bonds

Basset & Gold that you are buying a 5 year bond with was only registered with companies house on 24th July 2017. So it would seem brave in the extreme to put money into a 5 year bond with a company that didn’t exist 11 months ago.

How can you guarantee that the company will be there to repay your money in 5 years time when they weren't in existence a year ago? It's hardly a stable long term company!

It seems a bit strange that B&G chose to withdraw its directors' register information from the public register in May this year. May be legitimate but it seems very strange.

If you think that these sort of companies are safe and FSCS protected - think again. There are other similar companies that have gone bust after a couple of years leaving investors out of pocket. There is a reason they are paying high levels of return - it's because there is so much risk you are taking.

Basset & Gold 9% 5 year compounding bond review
Basset & Gold 9% 5 year compounding bond review

They have not even managed to calculate the compounded return correctly. 9.01% compounded on £5000 for 5 years gives you £2728 not £2,252. What they have calculated is the non compounded return.

Someone has suggested that as the interest is fixed but your capital is not B&G are perfectly at will to pay you back the £2525 from the £5000 you invest and pocket all your capital - I.e you make a £2475 loss. I cannot see any reason why they would chose to pay you back your capital as I can see nothing here that says they need to.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Basset Gold 3% Cash Bond - Is it Real or Too Good to be True?

One of the Basset Gold products is called a Cash Bond and claimed to be "A great savings rate with easy access to your cash" yet your capital is still at risk and there is zero mention in the website details that it's not FSCS protected and you could lose your money.

Basset Gold 3% Cash Bond - Is it Genuine or Scam?
Basset Gold 3% Cash Bond - Is it Genuine or Scam?

It's very worrying that the website claims:

No Fees – 100% of principal returned at term

Yet this is an investment product that could mean you lose all or part of your money. There is no guarantee that you will get all your money back or even get all the interest. Read the risk warning very carefully!


Risk Warning

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Bitcoin Loophole scam

Yet another scam using the photos of well known personalities to promote their ripoff schemes, this time it's Dragon's Den. Previously it has been Martin Lewis who has taken Facebook to court to get them to stop taking adverts for scams using his name and photo.

Before you sign up to schemes that you believe are legitimate purely because you see a famous face attached to it do some basic checks. The chances are that the person shown has zero involvement and no knowledge of the scam


Monday, 11 June 2018

Facebook TUI Scam Holiday Competition

Some of the latest scams to do the rounds are based on Facebook where pages are setup purporting to be major brands that are giving away big prizes in exchange for liking or sharing a page. Invariably these are scams and nothing to do with the brand in question.

Facebook TUI Scam Holiday Competition
Facebook TUI Scam Holiday Competition
 The latest one seen this weekend is for TUI Holidays claiming they're giving away free holidays to Morocco. To be clear this is nothing to do with the real TUI holidays and they have no involvement.

Facebook TUI Scam Holiday Competition
Facebook TUI Scam Holiday Competition
Read the page and it's clear that it's fake, it's described as "friends of TUI" and only has the one post on the page with no contact info. Real TUI would have full information about the company.

The only purpose of these types of page/competition is to harvest your data and to sell it on. The numbers signing up are scary. From first view on Sunday morning when the page had 5k likes by Sunday evening the page had over 25,000 likes and 50,000 people had shared/liked the post in question. I repeatedly saw the post being shared by friends so the page had found a perfect way to perpetuate their scam.

A TUI spokesman said: “We are aware of this Facebook page and we can confirm that it has no affiliation with the TUI brand.

“We would like to remind customers of the importance of making sure that the page is verified before interacting with it, which can be easily checked by looking for the blue tick next to our name.
“We have reported this to Facebook and they have advised they will be closing it down as soon as possible.”

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Basset Gold 3.14% Savings Bond Review - Is it Genuine or Scam?

Basset and Gold are now promoting a 3.14% Easy Access Cash Bond. However despite the use of the word BOND which is commonly associated with cash savings accounts at a bank this is an investment where you could lose your money and not receive interest either. The reviews on the Basset Gold website are all very positive - but they don't highlight any of the risks. Just because something has paid out in the past doesn't mean that it will in the future.

Past performance genuinely is not a sign of future performance.

If you are tempted by the rates that are higher than some savings accounts then make sure you are fully aware of the risk that you may not get your money back. Personally I prefer to use bank accounts that pay up to 5% interest and are guaranteed as well as FSCS protected.


The risk warning is on the Basset & Gold website but not given as much prominence on their Facebook adverts and is generally downplayed by saying that they've paid out up to now. Many other investments such as storage pods said exactly the same before they went bust and lost investors money. 

Risk Warning
Past performance is not indicative of future results. Investment through the Basset & Gold Fixed Income Bonds involves lending to companies or individuals and therefore your capital is at risk and interest payments are not guaranteed if the borrower defaults. Investors should note that it could take the time it takes to liquidate an asset held as security, such as selling a property, in order to get money back at an acceptable price. Detailed risk information is available in the Invitation Document that is provided exclusively to eligible investor

Universal Wealth Preservation Trust Complaints

There are lots of complaints about Stephen Long of Universal Wealth Preservation Trust  from people who are unable to contact him and access their money.

Universal Wealth aren't the only ones claiming there is a magic solution to care fees.

https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=4935458

Some more info. It appears that the Universal website is registered to a different company than the one that appears listed on the site itself. Maybe a few of the other names listed could give some more details about the company

https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/05929392/persons-with-significant-control
UNIVERSAL ASSET PROTECTION LTD
Company number 05929392

https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/06825924/persons-with-significant-control
UNIVERSAL TAX SOLUTIONS LIMITED
Company number 06825924

Mrs Melanie Ann Long had Ownership of shares

Interestingly the owner of that site claims to be an individual called Inheritance Preservation, I've never heard of that being a real person's name!

Name:Inheritance Preservation
Address:Manor Farm Bungalow
Pickhill
Thirsk
North Yorkshire
YO7 4JR

But Google does show this company at that address:

NATIONWIDE ESTATE PLANNING SERVICES LTD
Company number 08336734

It has 6 directors
https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/08336734/officers