Here at Sibbalds, we can assist in creating a new company and help in all the associated paperwork relating to Companies House and HMRC. Once the information is submitted, Companies House then register this information, which businesses legally have to supply, and then make the information available to the public.
However it has come to our attention that there is currently a scam doing the rounds which targets newly registered companies. Many clients choose to use their accountants address as their registered office (an address which is available to the public), and as such, we receive post on their behalf. We recently registered a company who chose to use their own business address as the registered office, and they brought in the below letter which they had received (we have blanked out all details relating to the company):
This official looking letter, demands payment of £190 to be on the ‘Central Register of Companies’ but what you may not be aware is that this letter is a scam. Companies House do not send out letters demanding money for the publication of a new company at Companies House but for any unsuspecting people who aren’t familiar with the process of setting up a new business, we can see why they could be tricked into paying the money.
Therefore, if you receive the above letter, please ignore it and do not pay the amount you supposedly owe. If you are in any doubt over whether a letter is official, do not pay anything until you have spoken to your accountants, or call Companies House directly on 0303 1234500 for confirmation.