Companies House

 
 

Reporting Fraud to Companies House

Companies House is an Executive Agency of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The function of Companies House is to incorporate and register companies, take action against companies that fail to deliver documents under the Companies Act 2006 and make data available to the public.

Companies House has no Investigatory Powers and is therefore unable to investigate allegations of fraud. If you suspect fraudulent activity you should report the details to the Police as they are the appropriate authority to deal with such matters. However we work closely with Law Enforcement Authorities feeding information to them and assisting them with their inquiries.

If you have concerns about:

  • registered office has been changed without your knowledge or consent
  • individuals being appointed as an officer without their knowledge or consent
  • company Name being changed without permission
  • unauthorised address being used for a registered office and/or an officer's service address

Please provide full details of your complaint including your contact details so that we are able to correspond with you to fraud@companieshouse.gov.uk

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

Please be advised: We will not become involved in disputes that occur within your company between officers either past or present or shareholders. It is your responsibility to sort out your differences outside of the remit of The Registrar and file the appropriate documentation with him. If a solution cannot be reached you will need to seek you own independent legal advice.

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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