Here’s the evidence:
- Carter & Campbell is cold calling people claiming that it can sell their near-worthless carbon credits. No legitimate company would cold call you with financial advice.
- The deal that Carter & Campbell is offering is a transparently obvious scam. Someone called “Tom Arnott” left a comment on REDD-Monitor explaining that the company had contacted him:
“I have been recently been contacted by a company called Carter & Campbell who were going to make me money by converting the useless VER’s that I was sold last year to CER’s which will be worth over £11 per unit, they would charge 10% of the promised value of CER’s for this service, of course the payment was to be made up front.”
Carter & Campbell’s offer is nonsense. There is no way of “converting” voluntary carbon credits (VERs) to compliance carbon credits (CERs). Even if there was, the settlement price for CERs on the EEX on 21 February 2014 was €0.33 – considerably less that the £11 that Carter & Campbell claim they will be worth.
- The fact that Carter & Campbell are asking for an advance fee is the most obvious indication that this is a scam. An advance fee of 10% of a completely fictitious price for CERs makes no sense whatsoever – except to Carter & Campbell.
- Despite the claim on the company’s website to offer “experience that produces results”, the company was actually only registered less than four months ago.
- A search on Google for the director’s name “Andrew Campbell” and the word “carbon” does not reveal any previous experience in carbon trading.
- The name “Andrew Campbell” does not appear anywhere on the company’s website. Instead, the company lists four people in its team, and gives photographs. But the photograph of “Jonathan Bentley” is actually a photograph of Barry Sexton, the Director and Chief Financial Officer of Northwestern University in Qatar. And the photograph of “Elaine Spence” is actually a photograph of Melodie Karge, the Business Manager at a company called Southern Minnesota Periodontics PA in the USA.
- At the bottom of each page on Carter & Campbell’s website is a note about copyright:
A commenter on REDD-Monitor called “john arnold” suggested that this means the company has existed since 2008. Of course, all it means is that someone has typed in the number 2008 into a website. The company’s website was actually registered on 9 January 2014. It was registered anonymously.
If Carter & Campbell rings you, REDD-Monitor’s advice is to put down the phone. Then contact Action Fraud: