We have come across several cases of fraudsters who have set themselves up as legitimate wine investment companies.
I can't talk about individual cases, but I can say losses from this type of fraud run into the millions of pounds." Buying fine wine while it's still in the barrel – "en primeur" – means that investors can purchase the product far more cheaply compared with when it will have been bottled two or three years later.
According to the Wilson Drinks Report the Liv-ex Fine Wine index has risen 225 per cent since July 2001, compared to just 5 per cent for the FTSE 100.
Even between 20 the wine index rose 188 per cent, compared with 1 per cent for the FTSE.
We should add that with any friendship services it would not be possible to be 100% free of such characters escaping filters or policing but we do hope you remain cautious and here is a list of: How to Identify Scammers: 1) Replies which don't actually reply to your own message, messages containing duplicate information or that repeat themselves.
For example anything which seems to be a standard cut and paste message should ring alarm bells.
3) They are very attractive but much younger than you!