There are ways to check a company's credentials online and learn more about their trading history.
We’ve posted some of the resources available in the links below. Scammers are sophisticated and persuasive. Anyone can fall foul from students and people in retirement to doctors and bankers. Scammers target everyone who has money including highly educated professionals.
This register logs the information that companies in the UK are legally bound to supply. It also holds any insolvency information registered against a company. Company and directorship searches are available to the public for no charge.
The Insolvency Service regularly publishes announcements where rogue companies have been closed down and directors disqualified. Filter results by searching under Department/The Insolvency Service.
The Gazette is the official public record where certain statutory notices are required to be published by law.
The London Gazette details bankruptcy orders and company liquidations in England and Wales. It also details petitions issued to wind up companies in the public interest. The Secretary of State may present a petition, under section 124A of the Insolvency Act 1986 seeking an order that the respondent company be wound up on the basis that it would be expedient in the public interest to do so.
Department for Business, Innovation & Skills was replaced by Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy in July 2016
If you believe you have been a victim of a fraud, report your situation to the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre. This information is referred to the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau who use the intelligence to aid law enforcement.
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