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I am not in the UK, but you said it yourself, "it sounds very fishy". Generally, it is never a good idea to send money to anyone under the circumstances you describe. Taking the matter up with your local "fraud squad" first is your best chance of avoiding the loss of more money than you already may have lost by buying those shares.
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