Bogus Companies House Emails
23 May 2017
We are aware of a recent increase in the number of so-called phising emails claiming to be from Companies House. These typically have a subject similar to "Your company's accounts are due by 31/05/2017" and will have a file attached or linked.
If you receive an email like this, do not follow any links or open attachments - you should forward the email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to Companies House:
We’re aware of suspicious emails being sent that claim to be from Companies House. These emails haven’t been generated by us.
Some emails might have an attachment, such as a Word doc, and may ask you to enter an authorisation code. Don’t open any attachments and forward any such emails to email@example.com
In addition, if you use Office 365, any junk or phising emails can be forwarded to Microsoft to improve their Exchange Online Protection filtering:
- Create a new, blank email
- Address the email to firstname.lastname@example.org (for junk email) or email@example.com (for phising or scam email)
- Copy and paste the bogus email into the new email as an attachment
- Click send
For further information please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reporting-fraud-about-a-company-to-companies-house/reporting-fraud-to-companies-house