Business Scam Alert

May 17, 2013 10:03 am

Local businesses are being warned not to fall for a European scam that could cost them more than £3,000.

The business scam centres on an official-looking letter from a German company relating to the ‘Publication of companies and VAT Registration Numbers in the UK Corporate Portal 2013’.  This letter states: “As part of the changes to the EU economic package, obligating all companies to provide their VAT Registration Number on various documents since 2010, we as a publisher of leading internet portals are required to update our database. We therefore request that you check the information on page 2 relating to your company and provide us with your VAT Registration Number.”

The letter suggests that information must be provided to the company and it comes with a form to be completed. But the small print shows that if it is completed and returned it will incur a charge of £797 a year for at least four years for the information to appear on a website hosted by the company.  The application for the database entry in the UK Corporate Portal is addressed to companies, self-employed people, institutions and public authorities.  Anyone who receives a letter from this company – TVV Tele Verzeichnis Verlag GmbH – should not complete or return the form that accompanies it.

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