New small businesses are being targeted by scammers who threaten that the company will not be registered at Companies House unless they pay a fee.
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) warns that small businesses who have just been set up may receive a letter from the Register of Companies and Businesses, who claim to be affiliated with Companies House. The letter instructs the recipient that in order to confirm their small business registration, they need to pay a fee of £190 by a specified date. The fee, the letter claims, will pay for entry into the UK register and access to website services. The letter further claims that should the fee not be paid, the small business will not be entered in the register, implying that it is a necessary part of any business’s setup.
This is the latest in a number of scams aimed at small businesses. Other scams include people claiming to be from Companies House and asking for details regarding company directors, false job adverts asking for money upfront, and emails purporting to be a response to an online filing submission.
Companies House does not make cold calls requesting payment and anyone receiving scams should notify the relevant authorities. Never open emails that look in any way suspicious, but delete them immediately. Never give your bank details to any person who you cannot verify is legitimate.
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