Deferred members

Pension scams

Pension scams, where people may be tricked into handing over their pension pots by scammers, are on the increase; millions of people fall victim to scams every year. The tactics used by pension scammers to encourage people to transfer their pension savings to them are constantly changing. 

Some of the tactics include offering free pension reviews, health checks and promises of better returns on their savings, pension loans, upfront cash or other promotions to tempt them. Most of these are bogus.

However, once you've transferred your money into a scam, it's too late. You could end up losing all your pensions savings and in some cases face a tax bill of up to 55%.

The Pensions Advisory Service provides tips on how you can protect yourself against the pension scammers.