2. How will I receive shareholder communications?
Following shareholder approval, the Company’s default method of communicating with shareholders is by website communication. This not only reduces printing and mailing costs but also reduces the environmental impact usually associated with paper communications. The most economical and environmentally friendly way of receiving your company documents is to provide us with your email address.If you do not provide an e-mail address you will receive a written notification from the Company that the Annual Report and the Notice of Annual General Meeting are available to view and download from our website.
Of course, we recognise that not all of our shareholders are able to accept delivery of these documents electronically. Shareholders who prefer to receive paper copies of these documents can register this preference by contacting our Registrar.
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3. How can I avoid receiving unsolicited mail?
If you want to limit the amount of personally addressed unsolicited mail you receive, and you have a UK registered address, please write to the Mailing Preference Service (MPS), DMA House, 70 Margaret Street, London, W1W 8SS or register by telephoning +44 (0) 845 703 4599 or online www.mpsonline.org.uk
4. I have heard about boiler room scams. What are they and how can I tell if an unsolicited call is genuine?
Share scams are often run from ‘boiler rooms’ where fraudsters cold-call investors offering them worthless, overpriced or even non-existent shares. While they promise high returns, those who invest usually end up losing their money.
Boiler rooms use increasingly sophisticated means to approach investors offering to buy or sell shares in a way that will give investors a huge return. But in the end, victims are often left out of pocket – sometimes losing all of their savings or even their family home.
The Financial Conduct Authority reports that victims of boiler rooms lose an average of £20,000 to these scams, with as much as £200m being lost in the UK each year. Even seasoned investors have been caught out, with the biggest individual loss recorded by the police being £6m.
REMEMBER: IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT PROBABLY IS!
Find out more about how to protect yourself from share fraud and boiler rooms
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5. I have received correspondence from a company called Georgeson relating to Roll-Royce shares, who are Georgeson and is this legitimate?
Georgeson have been engaged by Rolls-Royce to trace and contact shareholders whom we have been unable to contact ourselves for several years. It is entirely up to you whether you decide to use the Georgeson service or if you decide to update your shareholding account yourself by contacting our Registrar.