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Beware of Companies House scam letters

22 May 2024

Fake Companies House letters are asking for payments via QR code. We urge clients to stay vigilant and to be alert to these fraudulent requests.

We have received a report from a client about a suspicious letter claiming to be from Companies House requesting payment for “Enhanced Web Filing”. The letter appears genuine, closely resembling official Companies House correspondence, but it is a scam.

The fraudulent letter instructs the recipient to scan a QR code to make the payment, threatening that failure to do so will result in suspension of their ability to file accounts online.

Companies House has confirmed via a post on X (formerly Twitter) that this letter is a scam. They have urged businesses and individuals to be vigilant and not to follow any instructions from such correspondence.

Scams like these can be highly convincing at first glance. If you receive a letter of this nature, please do not make any payments, or provide any personal or company filing details. Instead, you can contact HMRC directly on 0303 1234 500 to verify the authenticity of the letter or you can simply report this to phishing@companieshouse.gov.uk.

If you have received suspicious correspondence asking for payment details, please be alert to this scam and do not hesitate to get in contact with us for further assistance.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of this article further, please contact Susannah HopeHaiqa Farooq or any member of our Charities and Social Economy team on 0113 244 6100.

You can also keep up to date by following Wrigleys CSE team on X.

The information in this article is necessarily of a general nature.  The law stated is correct at the date (stated above) this article was first posted to our website. Specific advice should be sought for specific situations. If you have any queries or need any legal advice please feel free to contact Wrigleys Solicitors.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Susannah Hope

Trainee Solicitor
Leeds

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Haiqa Farooq

Paralegal
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