Fraudulent penalties warning from Companies House

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FraudThe below has recently been issued by Companies House regarding fraudulent claims of penalties being due which are being received by UK businesses:

“Companies have been contacted asking for payment of a late filing penalty over the telephone.  The caller says they will accept a payment of £5 by credit or debit to place a hold on any further action being taken.

Companies House will not contact you for immediate payment of a late filing penalty or request payment of a nominal fee to place a hold on any recovery action.

Payment plans are set up with the agreement of the manager dealing with your late filing penalty query.  We will not cold call you to take a payment.

Bogus Companies House emails

We are aware that a number of suspicious emails are being sent claiming to be from Companies House.  These emails have not been generated by Companies House.

The latest of these bogus emails claims to be a response to an online filing submission.

Bogus email claiming to be from Companies House
Bogus email claiming to be from Companies House

If you have received one of these emails forward it to and then delete it. Do not try to view any attachments contained in the email. #### Company register payment

Companies registered at Companies House are receiving notifications asking for money to maintain their company on the register.

The companies concerned are receiving, what looks like a genuine request, from one of the following:

  • New Companies Register (Digital)
  • National Register of Companies
  • Economic Index for Europe

These organisations are not connected to, or endorsed by, either Companies House or GOV.UK and the fee requested is not required to keep the company registered at Companies House.”