This article by Companies House is very relevant at this moment in time, MJ Smith have seen several scams similar to the ones described below in recent weeks.
‘Have you ever received a letter asking for money to stay on a register, and not sure if the letter is from us? We provide advice on what to do.
Occasionally there’s a raft of letters and emails sent to people registered at Companies House claiming they need to pay a fee to remain on a register. The people sending the communications may have a register, but it isn’t the official registry for limited companies in the UK.
What does the letter or email contain?
The letter or email will more than likely ask you to pay a fee to remain on a register. Because the company may have used your Companies House registration number and other publicly available details, it can look like it’s from us – but it isn’t.
Who are the registries?
What should you do if you receive a letter or email?
If you receive a letter or email from anyone asking for a fee to remain on a register – unless you want to be on their register too – don’t pay this fee.
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