New Companies Targeted In Latest Scam

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We have recently become aware of a new scam targeting newly incorporated companies.

A clients of ours contacted us after we incorporated a new company on their behalf, a few days later they received letter from the REGISTER OF COMPANIES AND BUSINESSES, this company implied a link to Companies House and were asking for a payment of £190.00 for the newly incorporated company to be included in the register. Their website states that the fee is for entry into the register which operates in UK – giving the opportunity to use the websites services. The letter warns that ‘lack of payment will result in lack of entry in the Register of Companies and Businesses’.

Fortunately our client approached us before paying the fee and on inspection, we were able to tell them that this company was not connected to Companies House and that it should be ignored.  Companies House doesn’t send letters demanding money. These letters are sent to the registered office of the new company and could result in unsuspecting people who aren’t familiar with the process being tricked into paying them money.

It has since come to our attention that The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) are aware of the scam and their advice is to never respond to any such communication.

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

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