Are you aware of company fraud?

  • Sunday, 3rd April, 2022
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Company Fraud protection service. Detect changes made at companies house

Did you know that company directors are twice as likely to be victims of ID fraud than anyone else. It’s easy to see why when you consider just how easy it is for someone to commit fraud against your company.

Companies House, the UK’s registrar of companies, will happily accept documents submitted via post ‘on good faith’. This means any person can simply complete a form with a fake signature and make changes to your business without your consent or knowledge. This includes:-

  • Change your company’s registered office
  • Resign current directors and appoint new ones
  • File closure documents

Unfortunately companies house make it very easy for fraudsters and scammers to operate as they do not perform any checks or verifications on submitted data or forms and you will receive no notification of those changes.

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In the event that you discover fraudulent filings, you should contact companies house and the police immediately.

What companies house can do

Companies house can only assist with issues that involve forms being filed at Companies House, so you should get in touch with them if you have concerns that:

  • a registered office has been changed without the company’s knowledge or consent
  • an individual has been appointed as an officer without their knowledge or consent
  • a company name has been changed without permission
  • an unauthorised address is being used for a registered office or officer’s service address

If these situations apply, you’ll need to email [email protected] with as much information as possible – including your own contact details – and they will ensure this is investigated.

What they cannot do

It often surprises people but Companies House does not have any investigatory powers, and what they are able to do or not is largely determined by the Companies Act 2006. It seems they get quite a few enquiries from people asking them to investigate companies but it’s not something they are able to do.

Any allegations of fraudulent activity should always be reported directly to the police. That said, they say that they do work closely with various law enforcement authorities, providing them with information on a request basis, and do have dedicated colleagues who are able to assist with this.

Fraud Protection Service

Combat company fraud by receiving an email alert whenever a change is made to your business, whether this was with your consent or not.

Any changes made to your company (those mentioned above, and more) will be monitored and you will be sent an email notification whenever any changes are detected. You can then act swiftly to ensure no permanent damage is done.



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