Businesses are being warned to remain vigilant when checking their emails, after a recent increase in the number of unsolicited emails being reported, which claim to have been sent from Companies House.
These emails, often stating they are concerning a complaint or business registration, also contain an attachment which is zipped. This attachment is a phishing virus, and if opened will wreak havoc on your computer. By zipping the attachment, the virus is hidden from most anti-virus software programmes, and will be able to find its way into your inbox. The phone number and email address contained within the email are genuine; however, there are some tell tale signs to make you aware that the email is not:
1. The email address may not be right; the server will forward the email as if it was your own domain.
2. The attachment was small but still zipped – there is no need to zip an attachment that small, unless you have something to hide.
3. Probably the most important piece of information to remember – Companies House will NEVER ask you to disclose personal information via email directly.
Finally, if you have received an email which you doubt in anyway, do not open it and do not respond; your gut feeling is usually correct, and if it really is a genuine email they will try to contact you in another way.
Companies House have further information on their website about the Phishing Scam which can be viewed here and are requesting that all fraudulent emails are forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org