May 26, 2022

In a statement published on Tuesday, the watchdog stated that 398 pension funds, covering an estimated 16m pension pots, have joined its ‘Pledge to combat pension scams’.

Launched in November 2020, the campaign encourages schemes to do more to protect savers from scammers, including reporting suspected scams to the authorities — Action Fraud or by calling 101 in Scotland.

Signatories to the pledge are asked to warn members regularly about scams, promote guidance services, document their actions, and clearly communicate their concerns to both members and authorities.

However, TPR stated that more must be done on reporting, and “every administrator, trustee and provider should take responsibility for protecting savers” and join the campaign. 

According to Nicola Parish, TPR’s executive director of frontline regulation: “Scammers screw up lives and the industry must stand up and do all it can to protect savers from these life-shattering crimes, by joining our pledge campaign and reporting any suspected scams.”

While delighted with the numbers achieved so far, Parish noted that “every saver deserves to be in a scheme committed to keeping their money safe from scammers”.

She said: “New regulations have already introduced new duties on due diligence and warning members where a transfer shows features of a scam, so there’s no excuse for failing to report suspicions to the authorities.

“We’ve seen little evidence that the pensions industry…

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