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New scam targeting individuals who have recently registered a business

22nd June 2015

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) is alerting people to a new scam where businesses are contacted soon after registering with Companies House to pay a “fee”.

The letter from Register of Companies and Businesses purports to be linked to Companies House claiming the recipient is required to “confirm their registration”. 

The Company request a fee of £190 to register and publicise the new company information. Their website states that the fee is for entry into the register which operates in UK - giving you the opportunity to use the websites services. 

The letter being delivered states “lack of payment will result in lack of your company`s entry in”. The implication is that this is required as part of the Companies Registration, when that is not the case.

Protect yourself:

  • Never respond to any such communication;
  • Any unsolicited contact followed by a request for an advance payment/fee is a good indication that someone is trying to defraud you. Do not pay.
  • Never disclose your bank details.

If you have fallen victim to this scam please contact Action Fraud to make a report by calling 0300 123 20 40 or by using the online reporting tool