It seems like every other week there is a new alert or warning that new Companies House and HMRC scams have been identified. So how do you protect your company?
Scam emails, telephone calls, and even texts are increasing every day. Whether you are being asked to help some poor soul to transfer his millions, or your bank is asking you to login to your account. The number of scam communications we receive is increasing. However, it is not just personal email scams on the rise.
Over recent years more fraudsters are targeting businesses with emails and phone calls. The latest spate of emails pretends to be from either Companies House or HM Revenue and Customs. They will ask you to login or click a link.
It may be obvious but never click any suspicious links in emails. It is likely they are from an unreliable source. You do not know where the link will take you or what file you may be downloading to your PC.
Many site links may look real. They can disguise links to look like the genuine website URLs or they buy domain names that are very similar to official government site names. If you are not sure do not follow the link. If necessary you can visit the ‘official site’ directly and search for the content you need.
Confirming your details
HMRC and Companies House will not ask you to confirm any company details by telephone or email. If you receive an enquiry asking for your companies sensitive information do not provide the details.
It may be worth instructing your employees not to answer any questions raised by telephone or email that claim to be from a government agency. No matter how professional or polite the enquiry may ask all staff to pass the enquiry to a company director.
Whether your company is ten years old or you have registered a new company you should not receive unsolicited communication from the government. If you do receive an email or telephone call that you believe to be a scam you can refer this to Companies House, HMRC, the police or the National Fraud Authority.
To protect your company from identity theft or abuse do not provide any information regarding your business by telephone or email. Your company’s codes should not be divulged to third parties.