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mousjoos



Joined: 05 Jun 2006
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 13 5:53 pm    Post subject: Lost pensions  Reply with quote    

Anyone here been contacted by companies offering to look for pensions/savings that may have been forgotten ?

I was contacted a week ago by the DeVere group operating out of Malta, telling me their speciality was searching (& presumably, occasionally) finding lost pensions / accounts etc ; & I imagine that as specialists in their field they then tell you how best to manage or invest these sums

This is all leading up to .....do they take a percentage of the find, or charge a flat rate, or do we marvel at their magnanimity (sp) when we receive the money in its entirety ?

Thoughts / ideas /personal experiences welcome

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 13 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I would have thought they would take a percentage but have no experience. I would try and trace them myself first and perhaps ask on the MSE site or google your company to see what reputation it has.

This might help: http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/reclaim/reclaim-lost-assets-free

vegplot



Joined: 19 Apr 2007
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 13 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Be wary of any company offering such a service outside the UK. I'd be cautious about passing over personal detailed information in the hope of locating a long lost treasure trove only to find your ID has been compromised or your accounts drained.

mousjoos



Joined: 05 Jun 2006
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 13 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thank you both

I've asked about fees but have had no real response as yet

I've not passed on any details, but have downloaded forms from them & the Revenue in UK

Spider



Joined: 17 Apr 2013
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Location: Rhondda Valleys....Welshland
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 13 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Last year I had to trace and cash in 2 personal pensions, I just used a reputable financial advisor. They came to my home, followed up everything and sorted out all the paperwork for me...
You don't pay them any money, the first financial advisor was paid about £175 from the company I had the pension with and the second financial advisor didn't charge anything as the first hour was free and everything got sorted in my home during that hour.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 13 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I would be very wary of using an offshore based company too. If you really think you have some lost pensions, I would do as Spider did.

I have to go and see a financial adviser at some point about my pensions to see what can be done with them. They aren't worth much, but would be nice to get them in order.

mousjoos



Joined: 05 Jun 2006
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 13 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It appears there are no charges to look for / find any "lost" money

The charges are applied to the transfer depending on the amount

That's the gist of the email I got this morning

vegplot



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 13 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What level of protection are they offering? Do they fall under the auspices of a recognised body. For instance in the UK we have The Financial Conduct Authority that provides a degree of redress. Would you be happy for instance if their fees ran to 99% for instance?

mousjoos



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 13 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

vegplot wrote:
What level of protection are they offering? Do they fall under the auspices of a recognised body. For instance in the UK we have The Financial Conduct Authority that provides a degree of redress. Would you be happy for instance if their fees ran to 99% for instance?


This is why I was pleased when the appointment was deemed unnecessary as there where no specific details to go through with them....that way I wouldn"t be faced with the "hard sell"
I downloaded their forms & printed them but have sent nothing

Don't know if they're well known, but it's the DeVere group that contacted me....does that ring any (alarm) bells with anyone ?

BahamaMama



Joined: 21 Sep 2006
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Location: Away with the fairies
PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 13 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Don't do it - you can go on line, for free and with your NI number, you can track any pensions that you have had.

https://www.gov.uk/find-lost-pension

snowy747



Joined: 06 Oct 2013
Posts: 8

PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 13 6:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Step away from these companies ......

Use a reputable IFA instead.

Ali

john of wessex



Joined: 18 Jun 2007
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 13 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

snowy747 wrote:
Step away from these companies ......

Use a reputable IFA instead.

Ali


Reputable IFA? Isnt that like reputable Estate/Letting Agent second hand car dealer etc....................

mousjoos



Joined: 05 Jun 2006
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 13 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

john of wessex wrote:
snowy747 wrote:
Step away from these companies ......

Use a reputable IFA instead.

Ali


Reputable IFA? Isnt that like reputable Estate/Letting Agent second hand car dealer etc....................


My brother in law was a second hand car dealer & as reputable as they come...in fact, he only went to prison once in his entire career !

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