New scam targeting individuals who have recently registered a business
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau 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”. Accounting Direct Plus Limited Managing Director Enver Kannur FCPA FCCA warns the business owners. 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 regist.co.uk”. The implication is that this is required as part of the Companies Registration, when that is not the case.
· 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.