Companies House

 
 

Reporting Fraud to Companies House

How we can help

Companies House is an executive agency of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).  The function of Companies House is to receive, store and disseminate information from limited companies and certain other bodies.  Please note that Companies House does not have any specific investigatory powers. 

The increase in Fraud is a serious matter and we fully appreciate customer concerns and want to do all we can to assist in resolving these issues.

Please note however that we are only able to advise on issues relating to fraudulently filed statutory documents sent to Companies House, such as:

  • Registered Office addresses changed without company approval
  • Individuals being appointed as an officer of company without their knowledge or consent
  • Company names being changed without permission
  • Invalid addresses being used for a company's registered office and/or as an address for a company officer
  • Internal Disputes between company officers involving the filing of invalid documents.

Please ensure that you provide us with full details of your complaint, including your contact details.  Any allegations of fraud relating to the filing of these documents should also be reported to the police as they are the appropriate authority to deal with such matters. 

If we receive a subsequent request for information from the police we will endeavour to assist them in any way we can.

Advice about different types of 'scams' such as job/work visa, escrow and lottery scams can be found on the Important Fraud Warning page.

If your complaint satisfies any of the above, you can e-mail details to us at fraud@companieshouse.gov.uk (We will aim to respond to your email within 5 working days.)

The Insolvency Service

Please note that we cannot assist with any issues that do not involve forms being filed at Companies House.

If your complaint involves the conduct of a company or its officers you should contact the Insolvency Service.

The Insolvency Service is an Executive Agency of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The Company Investigations team within the Insolvency Service has the power to investigate limited companies where information received suggests corporate abuse; this may include serious misconduct, fraud, scams or sharp practice in the way a company operates.

To complain about a limited company that is still trading:

Telephone: 0845 601 3546
Email: intelligence.live@insolvency.gsi.gov.uk

Address:
Intelligence Hub
Intelligence & Enforcement Directorate
Investigation and Enforcement Services
Insolvency Service
3rd Floor Cannon House
18 Priory Queensway
Birmingham B4 6FD

Further Support

For further advice and support relating to matters of fraud, please visit Action Fraud, the UK's national fraud reporting centre via their website: www.actionfraud.police.uk

For advice regarding Identity Theft you may wish to visit one of the following websites that offer practical advice and information www.cifas.org.uk or www.identitytheft.org.uk

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