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Company identity theft

A significant problem is the supply of goods by legitimate companies to fraudsters who are impersonating other legitimate companies.

Company Impersonation Fraud is when a fraudster changes the Companies House register with a new director and address for a company. They then order goods to the bogus address such as phones and laptops that can easily be sold on.

Often the first the supplier of a genuine company will know that they've been a victim of fraud is when they find a problem with an invoice for payment.

How to protect yourself?

  • Always thoroughly check the companies you are dealing with.
  • Continue to check their details at regular intervals.
  • Register for the Protected Online Filing (PROOF) Service at Companies House.
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