Is someone trying to take over Marks and Spencer?

I had a strange call tonight,from America apparently,the man said he was really keen to buy my Marks and Spencer shares,in-fact I only have single figures holding.He said it was a hostile takeover,so i was not to tell anyone.He is emailing me some stuff,i am to reply to this document.
It seemed so strange to go to all this bother to buy a hand-full of shares

Does anyone know anything about this,or is it a sort of scam,thank you.

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5 Responses to “Is someone trying to take over Marks and Spencer?”

  1. Buffy Staffordshire says:

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  2. Jo W says:

    It’s a scam.

  3. Kittysue says:

    Nobody is going to takeover Marks and Spencer by buying a handful of shares from an individual, they would make a deal with one of the major institutional investors

    Here are the largest shareholders http://lt.hemscott.com/SSB/tiles/company-data/forecasts-deals/major-shareholders.jsp?epic=MKS&market=LSE
    If it was a hostile takeover they would make some sort of deal with one of the large shareholders to buy the stock at an inflated price

  4. Pr says:

    This will be a scam! The second answerer is exactly spot on with her reasons.

    Do *not* reply to any further communications from them. They will eventually go away and crawl back under the stone they belong.

    Here is a list of my rules :-

    – if it seems too good to be true then assume it is a lie!
    – never pay an up-front fee
    – never give out your bank details
    – never trust Junk Mail (check their URL)
    – never click a sales link;
    instead type in the URL yourself
    – never trust any ‘cold caller’
    – never trust an American salesperson over here
    – never trust anything from West Africa, India or the old Soviet Union.

  5. Cala says:

    Why would that person trust you, a stranger, to keep quiet about a huge commercial take-over like this???
    A hostile take over of any company depends on stealth, speed, anonymity etc.
    And what good would a few shares do anyone – you can’t make a hostile take over by buying a few shares here and there.
    This is so obviously a scam that I am amazed that you had to ask this question!!!!

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