Pension scams

Find out how pension scams work, how to avoid them and what to do if you suspect a scam

Don’t let a scammer enjoy your retirement

Scammers can be articulate and financially knowledgeable, with credible websites, testimonials and materials that are hard to distinguish from the real thing.

Scam tactics include:

Contacting out of the blue
Promising high or guaranteed returns
Offering free pension reviews
Offering access to your pension before age 55
Pressuring to act quickly

If you a suspect a scam, report it:

Report to the Financial Conduct
Authority (FCA)

by contacting their Consumer Helpline
on 0800 111 6768 or using the
reporting form at

Report to Action Fraud
on 0300 123 2040 or at

If you’re in the middle of a transfer
contact your provider immediately and
then get in touch with The Money and Pensions Service (MaPS) at


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