Commercial Register scam on Small Businesses

In June 2016 my company received a letter based on a Commercial Register scam, purporting to be acting on behalf of Companies House. The letter advised us that we needed to complete our company details and return the form to the company in the pre-paid envelope. The form was accidentally completed by the admin team and returned.

Two weeks later, we received a bill for €993 for placing an advert in the ‘Commercial Register’. The invoice came from a Spanish company based in Madrid called Direct Publisher S.L.U. and included a copy of the signed ‘order form’. The order was, apparently, for listing our company in the ‘England Commercial Register’, but it transpired we had actually signed up for an advert on the very poor quality website com-reg.com. We had been hit by the €993 Commercial Register scam. In more recent months, the amount that they have asked other companies for has been £863+vat.

Direct Publish S.L.U. had got us…for now

We had been hoodwinked into signing a contract for an advert, and the actions the company used to obtain the signature weren’t honest, weren’t upfront and hid the real reason for the payment. That’s fraud. Ironically, they’ve also never actually advertised us on the search function within their website so have breached their own contract.

Please share this website on social media and spread the word about this dreadful company, and if possible link to the article from your own website. The more people that spread the word, the less people that will be conned!

Report the Commercial Register scam & Direct Publisher S.L.U.

I reported Direct Publisher SLU to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre, who advised that they were aware of this company and not to pay the bill. A warning has also been issued to farmers. There are reports on Spanish websites of the same where Spanish companies have been duped into this Commercial Register Scam (you can see comments in a translated page here).

Commercial Register letter
An example of a letter from the Commercial Register. As you can see, it looks very official.

The company was clever with the original letter looking to be very official and from a UK Government department. So be careful what you sign, and definitely don’t pay them. If you receive a similar request, report it to Action Fraud and help them build a case against this dubious Spanish company. Please also share this page to prevent others falling foul of the scam.

I have been contacted by various people by phone, email and via this blog about this company. Here’s what I’ve been told to date:

  • the initial letter looks official and as if it was from Companies House
  • most people can’t recall seeing any terms and conditions or mention of a payment
  • some people have alleged that their signatures have been scanned and then printed on a different contact

I’ll keep updating this blog as more information come in. I recommend that you read the comments section to see more from people who, like you, have ended up here due to the Commercial Register Scam.

Direct Publisher masks it’s online identity

According to the Whois results for the dodgy website, the domain name has been hidden using Domains by Proxy. Basically, the public details have been hidden to stop anyone discovering who register the domain and where they may be located. This is a similar tactic used by illegal file-sharing and pirate websites. I’ve issued a complaint to ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and await their response.

Companies House recognises this Commercial Register scam

Companies House have warned people about the scam (see item 4).

Thank you

I have been contacted by hundreds (if not thousands) of people who have been touched by this scam and my blog is currently receiving almost 75,000 page views a month. I’m always please to hear from people in the comments section but am unable to reply to individual emails or queries (I’m not a solicitor and can offer no legal advice, so please don’t ask).

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My correspondence with Direct Publisher SLU is below and I last heard from them in October 2016. My advice is not to enter into any correspondence with them.

Don’t send a letter back without a stamp

Royal Mail have confirmed that any letters meant for Europe without a stamp will be thrown away, so don’t bother returned the envelope without a stamp. You’re just wasting a good envelope!

Update – 16/06/2016

I decided to write to this unscrupulous company and so sent them an email, saying that we would not be paying it and that we had reported them to Action Fraud. I received the following reply from Ella King <drp133-1@com-reg.com>:

“Dear Mr Hicks

We thank you for your e-mail of 31st May 2016.

We confirm that an advertisement order was placed by [our company name] when returning the original order form to us duly completed, signed and dated.

All the conditions of our commercial offer including a prominent price in bold were given to you at the outset and it can only be expected that you were fully aware of the contractual commitment being entered into.

Since your cancellation request was not sent to us within the contractual cooling off period of fifteen days from the date of signature this order has come into force. Your company’s advertising can be viewed on our website at: www.com-reg.com.

We kindly ask you to honour existing contractual commitments and settle the invoice at your earliest convenience.

Yours sincerely

Customer Support Dept.
www.com-reg.com”

Of course, I still had to intention to pay, so replied and said: “as previously advised we will not be making any payment and leave you to take any action you feel necessary”. A couple of days later, I received another email:

“Dear Mr Hicks

In reply to your e-mail of 6th June 2016 we must reaffirm that full consent was given to the business terms for the publication of your professional data on our website upon returning the signed order document.

Absolute Asbetsos Solutions Ltd.’s order has become valid and legally binding since no withdrawal was effected within the contractual cooling off period defined in Point one of order terms and conditions.

We look forward to receiving your payment.

Yours sincerely

Customer Support Dept.
www.com-reg.com”

So I wrote back, and said the following:

“I’ve already made it clear that we will not be paying it. I also left you to take whatever action you feel necessary.

No further correspondence will be entered into.”

That was the last message on 13/06/2016.

Update – 21/06/2016

Today we received a “PAYMENT NOTICE” from Commercial Register scam HQ. I’ve ignored it.

A copy of the payment reminder from Commercial Register
A copy of the payment reminder from Commercial Register

Update – 27/07/2016

Ella King from Direct Publisher S.L.U. has accused this blog of containing “subjective material with no legal foundation or filtering or verification of the veracity of claims made” and that Direct Publisher SLU is a “fully registered business and the order document in question meets all legal criteria” (see comments below).

In response to this I would say that Direct Publisher SLU know exactly what they’re doing and they don’t like being called out on it. Action Fraud have themselves told me (and others) that Direct Publisher SLU is acting fraudulently. That’s fact, not subjection. As for “legal foundation” – if you scan someone’s signature and add it to another form that’s illegal. It is a fact that some of the people who have contacted me (see below) have alleged this has occurred.

Direct Publisher SLU may be a “fully registered company”, but not in the UK. They hide this fact on the original letter in small print and give the overarching impression that they are acting on behalf of Companies House in their initial letter. That’s not illegal, but it’s immoral and if nothing else its hoodwinking.

Update – 16/08/2016

Received a “THIRD REMINDER” regarding the Commercial Register Scam today dated 12.08.2016. I’ve ignored it. This was received after my email to them on 28/07/2016 which read:

“Ella,

Time for you to take this to court. We’re not paying.

I look forward to hearing from your solicitors in due course.

Kind Regards,

Ritchie.”

third-reminder-commercial-register



Update 14/09/2016

I received a letter from Direct Publisher SLU and their ‘Legal Department/Departement Juridique’. The letter is another demand for the invoice to be settled as says that “to date you situation has not been regularized” and that they “demand that the outstanding amount is paid upon reception of this notice.cf1”. I’ve ignore it.

Update – 25/09/2016

A person who has been a regular contributor to this article, Nina Woolcock, has spoken to a solicitor. Whilst I am not a solicitor and unable to offer any legal advice, she has this to say:

“I spoke this week with a solicitor specialising in commercial law/disputes. He said he had only that very morning had a client in with exactly the same issue with Direct Publisher as all of us. He also said, having looked at the evidence, that it is a scam, do not pay anything, do not enter into any communication with them. He interestingly also said there was another scam, virtually identical, about 6 years ago.”

Update 10/10/2016

Traffic to this blog has become exponential compared to a few months ago. I am probably being contacted by 5 people a day on average either reporting that they have been duped by the Commercial Register scam or that they have received a letter. It seems that this is a reincarnation of various other scams, including a European City Guide scam which even has the same greyed out terms and conditions on the reverse of the letter as the current fraud.

Update 11/10/2016 – yet another threatening letter from Commercial Register

I have received yet another threatening letter from Commercial Register, which I’ve file along with all the others. I’ve also reported them to Royal Mail.

194 Replies to “Commercial Register scam on Small Businesses”

  1. Hi, I too have had a letter from the ‘Commercial Register’ company in Spain demanding payment of £993 plus VAT. This is in response to filling out a form, which like the other company did as we thought it was from Companies House. It states we are on the ‘register of companies’ and this form is to ensure all details are correct and that we do not get removed from said register.

    I have now received an email demanding payment. I am intrigued to know how the other company (on your website) got on with not paying…. I am thinking of seeking legal advice.

    Please can anyone help?

    1. It’s a scam and I’ve been told the same by the police.

      I wrote to them and said the same and that I wasn’t going to pay it. They wrote back and said I have to. I said I wouldn’t be. They then replied and said I need to pay it. I told them to take whatever action they want and that I wouldn’t be entering into any further correspondance. Watch this space!

  2. I too have had this happen and informed them today I would not be paying.
    They scan your signature and put it on a new order form.

  3. We have had the same happen to us and now the company is demanding money. The form we originally filled out did not have any legal or contractual agreement on it, then the copy we had sent back to us did. It looks like this block of text has been added after we have filled the form out and signed it, there are faint lines where it looks like a printed paragraph of text has been photocopied onto the existing form. We have reported to Action Fraud and contacted SLU to inform them of this.

  4. I am relieved to see your comments! It’s interesting what you say Paul – I too have no recollection of terms and conditions and could see by the email attachment that it appears to be added on at a later date – I thought exactly the same as you! There must be more people out there like us who have been trapped into this scam.

    The emails I have had from Ella King are exactly the same as you’ve had Ritchie – word for word.

    I have reported it to action fraud who said ‘this sounds familiar’.

    Can we please stay in touch with what happens next…

    1. Of course! I’ll keep updating this page frequently.

      Actually, I got another email from the wonderful Ella this morning telling me I have to pay as it was a contractual agreement. I replied “go away”… 🙂

      Happy to have my day in Court against these shisters.

      If it’s true that they are forging documents (which has been alleged by quite a few people now) I wouldn’t be at all surprised.

  5. I have now had another letter – ‘second reminder’ saying I must pay within the next 8 days (or what?) ….. Had that last Wednesday. No more e mails from the lovely Ella as yet.

    I have ignored it. I sought some free legal advice, they said to ignore any communication.

    I check this blog daily – if anyone can add anything I’d be interested to see!

    How do these people sleep at night?

    1. I had another email a couple of days ago – same rhetoric as usual – I just replied with “Not happening”. Not heard back.

  6. Hi there,
    I too have had the same situation with the lovely Ella King and have written at least five emails telling them that I wouldn’t be paying it, I would vehemently defend any legal actions and to take us down from their “Register” immediately. Like you, I saw the Companies House bit but did not see anything about the terms and conditions etc. To me, it looked like a renewal to a free subscription. How stupid I feel now. Ella King has written me many emails – I threatened her with action last week and received this email this morning:-

    “We acknowledge receipt of your e-mail of 20th June 2016 and respectfully refer you to the signed order document on which business terms are presented without exception and the comprehensive responses supplied in our five previous e-mails.

    We advise that our company Direct Publisher SLU is a fully registered business and the order document in question meets all legal criteria. Please note that as the order form was sent to your company as a Business to Business order and not to you as an individual or consumer Consumer law is not relevant or applicable in this case.

    Since our discretionary offer has expired and your company has failed to respond positively the original order terms have been reinstated and the full invoiced amount is due.

    Yours sincerely

    Customer Support Dept.
    http://www.com-reg.com

    I have no intention of paying this and, I must admit, was so relieved to see this thread that it isn’t just me who is going mad!!!!

    I will stay in touch with this page.

    Thanks

    Michelle

  7. Our story is the same as everybody else who has posted on here. Has anybody heard anything off these people in the last few days

    1. The last email I received was on 1st June 2016 and I ignore it. It read:

      Dear Mr Hicks

      We acknowledge receipt of your e-mail sent on 22nd June 2016.

      The original order form was sent to the attention of Absolute Asbestos Solutions Ltd. and returned to our offices, duly signed, in the return envelope provided. As such there can be no question as to its origin or authenticity.

      This signed order meets all legal requirements and as such it is anticipated that corresponding payment will be sent at the earliest opportunity.

      Yours sincerely

      Customer Support Dept.
      http://www.com-reg.com

  8. I haven’t heard anything since my ‘second reminder’ letter which was a couple of weeks ago but communication seems to be roughly fortnightly so I’m thinking I’m due to hear very soon regarding their next demand!
    I will update here as soon as I hear anything.

    1. Hi guys

      Really glad all you guys took the time to post these comments, it has helped me so much as I was very stressed about paying so much money for something I didn’t want. I offered a payment plan and they turned me down but did offer a reduction to 350 euro! They will now be getting nothing from me.

      Much appreciated guys.

      Warren

  9. New email from Ella King!!!

    Dear Mr Taylor

    We acknowledge receipt of your e-mails sent yesterday, 25th July 2016 and wish to advise against relying on an online blog which contains subjective material with no legal foundation or filtering or verification of the veracity of claims made. Our company Direct Publisher SLU is a fully registered business and the order document in question meets all legal criteria.

    We also remind you that an exceptional offer was made at our company’s discretion to conclude this matter and we are disappointed that this has not been favorably received.

    Yours sincerely

    Customer Support Dept.
    http://www.com-reg.com

    1. Quote: “subjective material with no legal foundation or filtering or verification of the veracity of claims made”.

      King and SLU know exactly what they’re doing and they don’t like being called out on it. Action Fraud have themselves told me (and others) that Direct Publisher SLU is acting fraudulently. That’s fact, not subjection.
      As for “legal foundation” – if you scan someone’s signature and add it to another form that’s illegal. Fact.
      Direct Publisher SLU may be a “fully registered company” but not in the UK. They hide this fact on the original letter in small-print. That’s not illegal, but it’s definitely immoral!

  10. Dear Ritchie Hicks,

    Thank you for creating this blog. Puts my mind at rest after falling victim just as many else have. I am yet to pay a penny.

    Jake Kemp

  11. I got another payment notice this morning. Sent the following reply to Ella King:

    “I’ve just received another payment request from you. Why are you still sending these letter of harassment?

    I have made it very clear that we will not be paying your invoice. I have also made it clear to you that I have been advised by Action Fraud not to pay it.

    I advised you some time ago that if you feel you have a legal case, you take legal action. You haven’t. Why not?

    I also note that you have never actually advertised our company on your website. I’ve checked various times. Even if your “contract” did have any legal standing you’ve failed to adhere to your own commitments and are therefore in breach of it.

    Please stop sending us silly invoices.”

  12. hi thank god it is not just me!! deffo did not sign up for advert in spain? costing 993euros per year.
    Have received third reminder demanding money before legal action , we are refusing to pay. Emailed Ella King and received same reply as above.

    1. I would urge you to report this to Action Fraud – call 0300 123 2040. The more people that do, the better.

  13. Hello Friends!
    I have today received the ‘third reminder’ letter stating if I do not pay within a week they will be ‘forced to forward my file to their legal department’.

    I have not paid anything and have reported them to action fraud.

    Thanks Ritchie for starting this blog, I feel so relieved to see everyones elses comments. Please keep updating everyone!

  14. We too have had a Third Reminder dated 25/07/2016

    So Direct Publisher S.L.U. who are obviously monitoring this blog
    And as you do not respond to any emails I have sent and you are rude on the phone.
    I will make your scam public to help others.

    The date I did not order any services from you alleged in your documents is 15/04/2016
    Your reference number is 702622 on your false invoice.

    We did not order anything from your company, you do not have one of our official purchase order numbers, you do not have permission to list my company details on your website, and you are breaching copyright by using our logo on your website.

    You are now costing our company money by continually sending scam letters and illegally demanding money constantly so costs against you are mounting now every time you make a false claim against us for administration.

    You don’t even have a correct signature on your false documents that were never sent to you.
    Your invoices are officially in dispute as we have told you previously.
    We have never had or received any documents from the commercial register or the Spanish company who run this fraudulent website. The first we knew about it was an invoice that we queried and disputed. Then you sent some fictitious order form to us with an un-known signature telling us we ordered it and we are outside of the cancellation period.

    We did not order anything, even if we did you did not give a 14 day cancelation period, you are deliberately making yourself look like the UK Companies House, it is such a shame for Anglo – Spanish relations that you are doing this and the British and Spanish Authorities should deal with this immediately before any real damage is done.

    If this was happening in the UK then the ASA would have shut this company down by now. What is the Spanish equivalent? Or even the ASA in the UK can do something as they are advertising in to our country?

    Just to add some keywords to this blog to help others find it
    Ella King scam, drp133-1@com-reg.com scam, Commercial Register Scam, Direct Publisher SLU Scam, info@com-reg.com scam, Tel: 0034 917 728 032 scam, Fax : 0034 912 727 288 scam, Spanish company scam, NIF ES B-87371464 Scam tax number.

    Public record entries in Spain.
    This tax number is registered to, MANCHO PALACIOS FERNANDO owner of DIRECT PUBLISHER SL

    Other companies owned by Mancho are Cantame SL, PORTAL EMPRESARIAL SL and maybe part of the scam ?

    Are GARCIA TRIGUEROS DAVID and MUÑOZ CANO RAFAEL are named on the Cantame SL as well and part of the scam ?

    Are LOPEZ PELAEZ TORRES FRANCISCO and NAVARRO MIRALLES PEDRO, named on PORTAL EMPRESARIAL SL part of the scam ?

    So maybe the above named partners who are in business with MANCHO PALACIOS FERNANDO would like to know what he is up-to and how he is scamming companies in the UK or even around the EU.

    Public information source

    https://www.infoempresa.com/es-es/es/directivo/mancho-palacios-fernando
    https://www.infoempresa.com/es-es/es/empresa/direct-publisher-sl
    https://www.infoempresa.com/es-es/es/empresa/portal-empresarial-sl
    https://www.infoempresa.com/es-es/es/directivo/lopez–pelaez-torres-francisco
    https://www.infoempresa.com/es-es/es/directivo/navarro-miralles-pedro
    https://www.infoempresa.com/es-es/es/empresa/cantame-sl
    https://www.infoempresa.com/es-es/es/directivo/munoz-cano-rafael
    https://www.infoempresa.com/es-es/es/directivo/garcia-trigueros-david

    This information has been emailed to info@com-reg.com

    I would also suggest doing the following if they have taken your logo and any information from your website and used it you can report them for copyright infringement.

    https://supportcenter.godaddy.com/Infringement/Index?isc=

    Use the above link and fill in the form it takes 5 mins.

    You should also know this that their website is also going to have a detrimental effect on your Google ranking. I am also a website designer and Google SEO marketer and what they are doing with the links on their site that go back to your website are against Google’s search engine rules.

    You are not allowed to have “paid for links” to help improve your search engine ranking. These links should be tagged as what is known in the trade as “no follow”.

    More info here https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/66356?hl=en

    So you can report them to Google here for selling links
    https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/paidlinks?pli=1
    Only fill out the website selling links part with http://www.com-reg.com and add in the additional details the following.
    “This site is unsafe as it tries to sell directory entries by sending letters out in the post that look like your own countries company registration authority and trick you into taking a paid advert out that you do not want, then they do not use the no-follow on their links that they have sold.”

    You will also need to disavow the link to stop it damaging your Google reputation, this is a bit more complicated and you will need to have a Google Webmaster Tools account for your site, instructions here.

    https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/2648487?hl=en

    And also file complaints here

    http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud
    https://www.econsumer.gov/#crnt

    Good Luck all, let me know if you need any help with the above stuff.

  15. Thank you for this thread! It has put my mind at rest!

    We have just received a letter this morning:

    ‘We notice that your invoice dated 02/05/2016 remains unsettled to date, despite several reminders sent to you.
    Your overdue settlement incurs payment of commensurate costs and unless full payment is made within a week, we will be forced to forward your file to our legal department.’

    Should I just be ignoring this letter? Has anyone had any further information/action taken yet?

    1. Some have had this letter. No one yet has reported it going to court. I suspect there will be a letter from a collection agency next. We are waiting for that to see what claims this company make.

      I have invited Direct Publisher to pass our invoice to their solicitors (yesterday).

      I would urge you to report this to Action Fraud – the phone number is above.

  16. Danielle – I received the same letter as you earlier this week. I have ignored it.

    I do wonder what they will do regarding legal action. I intend to fight them tooth and nail over this. Surely all of us telling our stories on this blog is evidence enough that we have all been caught out under a false, immoral and misleading form filling exercise.

    If I get a burly man at the door demanding to take all my worldly goods I’ll let you know!

  17. TERESA MYLES I have had the same thing, but I tried to go on the web first to see the website, it said page could not be displayed, I tried 4 times.
    So sent the letter off, with no extra bits. as it says on first letter.. please amend and confirm your changes on page 2 and return the form to us as soon as possible. its also says filing deadline 6.7.2016
    Then I got the invoice. I rang the number to talk to someone to say I didn’t want anything else and what is this website I don’t know about.. Still getting invoices… SO I COULD NOT GO ON THE WEB AND NO ONE WOULD TALK TO ME ABOUT IT.

  18. All I did was confirm as a basic data entry which was on the letter.
    could not see website, so could not see what was what, so letter got sent.
    Why did they have my info on their Website anyway. I never knew about it, and that’s not right.

    1. Ive had my third reminder today, threatening to pass me onto their legal team if payment not recieved in one week! I wont be paying!

  19. I have had the same situation and Ella sent me this on the 21st July…

    Dear Ms McCarthy

    In reply to your e-mail of 19th July 2016 we must reaffirm that full consent was given to the business terms for the publication of your professional data on our website upon returning the validated order document.

    In response to your comments we respectfully advise that order terms have in no way been imposed. In accordance with legal requirements all business terms including information regarding cost and cancellation were supplied and there was no obligation to contract our services. It was your company’s professional responsibility to read these carefully and inform yourself before electing to proceed.

    The ‘Order’ section states that a signature or company stamp should be affixed to confirm the order and the latter was supplied.

    Northridge Cars Ltd.’s order has become valid and binding since no withdrawal was effected within the contractual cooling off period defined in Point one of order terms and conditions.

    That being said, to arrive at an amicable closure, our administrator is willing to grant you an anticipated cancellation of the three year contract returned upon settlement of 350€ before 3rd August 2016 including handling costs and following work.

    Respecting the settlement date is imperative, or our offer will elapse and the initial contractual conditions will come back into force.

    We trust you will value our commercial offer and look forward to receiving your payment

    Yours sincerely

    Customer Support Dept.

    Obviously I will not be paying and have told her that I have reported her. I am yet to hear anything back.

  20. Thanks for setting this up. I too have been victim of this and am on my second reminder. I’ve reported them to Action Fraud.

    Its good to know that its not just me that has got court out by this.

    1. Thanks for setting this up, i have received a third reminder ‘We notice that your invoice dated 09/05/2016 remains unsettled to date, despite several reminders sent to you.
      Your overdue settlement incurs payment of commensurate costs and unless full payment is made within a week, we will be forced to forward your file to our legal department.’
      I’m not paying

  21. We too have fallen victim to this scam. It seems all companies are receiving the same responses from the same person.

    We don’t recall seeing anything in regards to a cost for completing a form or any terms and conditions that suddenly appeared along with the invoice as stated by Ella King!

    ‘We emphasize the fact that your decision to order your professional advertising on our B2B portal was made in an informed manner with all the information (cost, cancellation procedure etc.) supplied at the outset. We do not therefore see how Action Fraud could be concerned with this matter and what assistance they might bring.’

    Has anyone actually had any correspondence from anyone other than Ella King?

  22. I also have a 3rd reminder – have told them already I’ve reported this to Action Fraud – all the correspondence received above I also have. No way are they getting a penny out of me for this, they can send Don Juan round to collect it if they want but he’ll be shown the same 2 fingers.

  23. Got another letter, saying they will take legal measures.
    In the very first letter it say’s England Commercial Register, in order to avoid the removal of your company details, please revise and approve your information promptly. why did they have our info on their web site any way. I never put it there. How is everyone….

  24. Hi Richie

    I appear to have also been hoodwinked into this! Very angry with myself.

    I’ve notified Action Fraud UK, and have, using the information you provided here (thanks) sent a strong email to the Publishers.

    Had one email reply from “Ella” and she has been informed that I’m not paying and that Action Fraud Uk have been notified.

    Will keep you posted if anything of note arises.

  25. Hi all,
    I have now received a letter from the Commercial Registers ‘legal department’ saying:

    “The contract you have validated with Direct Publisher SLU has been forwarded to our department.

    To date your situation has not been regularised and in the case of non-payment on your behalf, we will have the obligations to take the necessary legal measures and you will be liable for the costs that this procedure will incur.

    We demand that the outstanding amount is paid upon receipt of this notice.”

    We have all reported these cretins to Action Fraud but to my knowledge they have not done anything to help us. They are not going to go away, what are we going to do? Any suggestions?????

    1. Well Nina, you’re at the stage most haven’t yet get to. I’m not a solicitor, so I can’t advise you on what to do.

      Personally, I’m going to let it get to the Court stage and see if/what is sent. Some research suggests that they will send you officially looking court paperwork but it won’t actually be stamped. But I can’t advice further as this company and issue are fairly new. So it’s really up to you to decide what to do. Personally, I’m going all the way with this.

      There is a lot of advice on this forum which you might like to read. You might also like to post a question. I’d be interested to see the response.

  26. Hi, I received the legal letter back in May and wrote back informing them that I would not be making payment under any circumstances as I was aware it was a scam. I haven’t heard anything since then. Hopefully they are getting the message!!

    1. Ive gone one better, ive received my third reminder, and two letters after that.
      The last one, states “i have 8 days to pay”
      Oh well, will give you all a shout in 9 days.
      Scamsters!

  27. I`ve been tricked into this… just received last letter from their legal department.

    I will be contacting auction fraud again ,as the first time when i done it , they knew nothing about it.

    Have any of you have report reference number ? it would help if we would call them with same ref number.

    Please email me on paulius.gele [at] gmail.com

  28. Now had another demand saying FINAL 8 days to pay and if I don’t then will see me in court – for which I’m liable for all expenses. I e mailed action fraud for an update but never heard back (all of two weeks ago). I will call them and ask what they are doing.

    Has anyone any other information?

  29. Hi all. I have been following all these comments and have too been sucked in by this. I reported this to the Action Fraud team who advise not to pay a penny. I have today received a letter from the Departement Juridique advising we have to settle this within 8 days or they will be forced to forward our case to an international debt recovery agency. Looking forward to the next instalment from them!

  30. Hello all. I spoke this week with a solicitor specialising in commercial law/disputes.
    He said he had only that very morning had a client in with exactly the same issue with Direct Publisher as all of us. He also said, having looked at the evidence, that it is a scam, do not pay anything, do not enter into any communication with them. He interestingly also said there was another scam, virtually identical, about 6 years ago.

    I have been unable to get through to Action Fraud, no option to even hold on the line, just told to call back later.

    1. Hi Nina,

      That’s really interesting. Although he has confirmed this is a scam, has he given any indication as to whether or not it is legally binding?

      My research suggests that the next action by Direct Publisher will send a “court” letter, which looks official, but which will not have the official stamp of an issuing court.

      Thanks,
      Ritchie.

  31. i also signed for something back in June but i am 99% sure when i signed there was no costs involved which i queried with them and they then send a scanned copy back to me with prices on. I am now my last reminder saying that i have 8 days before court proceedings. I did already email them when i got the first one saying i wasn’t going to pay it but they have still carried on. Should i contact someone to check this out?

    1. You are in the same position as many. Unfortunately no one here has the legal expertise to advise you further so you may wish to take advice. I know I won’t be paying them, but I’m afraid you will have to seek you own legal advice.

      1. hi just had a letter, going to ring action fraud next thank you for posting the scam on line. will wait for next letter. letter from
        Madrid

  32. I received a similar letter (this time the return envelope had a French address on it) today.

    It was pretty clearly a scam and so, to get my own back, as the self-addressed envelope was pre-paid, I have posted the envelope with a charming note inside explaining what a bunch of perfectly ghastly parasites they are.

  33. I’ve just received one this morning 08 October 16 … never heard of them until now, so I thought id check them out as it looked well dodgy. just as I thought but didn’t realise that they were trying to sting people for that amount . So glad I checked them out ,even though they would never get any monies .
    Actually I love the Chef Editors name …. 732/173cx must be some type of code name .

    On my letter , there’s no contact address , telephone number or persons name just a fax and e-mail address . Oh surprise , surprise , to say i’ve never heard of them , I have a registration number on my letter too .

    Nothing to come from me …England Commercial Register …… stick it where the sun don’t shine as they say …

  34. I’ve just been contacted by them for the first time. Being a sole trader I smelt a rat straightaway. I decided to Google “English Commercial Register Scam” and ended up here.

    Very sorry to here that so many people have had such a horrid hassle with all this.

    I have the paperwork that many of you returned. If you would like copies of it I can send them.

    1. I too got one of these letter s in the post this morning , I too am a sole trader not a ltd company .
      and googled them to bring me here reading all the people who they have tried to scam .
      sent back the empty envelope nothing inside .

    2. Hi
      I would be grateful if you could email me a copy of the original paperwork that was sent out for my records.
      I am another who believed I was just updating some records

      many thanks

  35. Just got this in the post today, very much the same but a different header “England Commercial Register” with the flag and “Publication of Companies”.

    Seemed suspect and read the terms of the 933EUR + VAT charge and seemed certainly suspect to me.

    After reading your blog was assured what I thought was true.

    It’s doing the rounds again with a new header so be careful guys.

  36. We’ve received a letter this morning from Direct Publisher S.L.U. based in Madrid. This time, however, they are going under ‘England Commercial Register’ from http://www.com-reg.com. Other than the difference in name, it is identical.

    I read it closely and clearly a scam. We’re in publishing, and the nature of this kind of practice is not routine. Firstly, no publisher we know tie in their advertisers to a three-year contract – especially when it’s a small ad with no proven justification of audience.

    It’s funny – although our business has been registered with Companies House for several years, it was only recently I applied to name our company on Royal Mail’s Postcode Address Finder (PAF), and within a few weeks we receive a letter. Is this just coincidence?

    Just as well I put in a search and you guys popped up, but either way, the letter will be ignored.

    1. Thanks for getting in touch. Direct Publisher appear to only target SME’s and Sole Traders. They don’t go for the “big boys” (presumably because they work on an SME having a lack of legal understanding in these matters) and they don’t target private individuals. It definitely seams to be a scam directed as smaller businesses.

  37. Thanks for your post. I have received a letter, asking to sign and return the attached form. Found this website when I tried to search England Commercial Register. Thanks you saved my time and money.

      1. Thank you for this blog.
        Had a similar letter this morning, thought I would google it although to be honest it looked like a scam from the start.
        Its disgusting that some low life spanish scammers try this trick, irrespective of what they say do not respond to it – just bin it and any future crap they send. Do not get into negotiations with them, if you do they will think they actually have a leg to stand on in court (which they dont).

  38. Have just received this letter and fortunately recognised immediately that it seemed dodgy. Lack of capitalisation of the header, general poor grammar, the fact that it states “Best regards, Chef editor 732/173CX” and the fact that the prepaid returns envelope is for an address in France. Uh huh. Sure. Decided to do a quick Google and came across this!

    Good luck to those having to deal with these fraudulent morons.

  39. I too received a letter from England commercial register on the 8/10/16, thought it sounded off…thank god i read all these comments, they can remove me all they like!!!!
    I have a small limited company, they aren’t getting a bean! The address on the envelope is France, and the chef editor on mine is also called 732/173CX (lovely name). Thank you everyone for commenting on these low lives, but I feel for all of you having to deal with their crap.

  40. Received this letter in the post today and quickly recognised it as spam. Initial alarm bells were the inaccurate registered business name and the Spanish office address in the footer.

    You previously mentioned that someone had advised this was similar to a previous scam, I think they’re probably referring to the old Expo Guide Scam – https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=expo-guide%20scam

    There’s a thorough breakdown of the old Expo Guide scam here – http://www.energygrid.com/watchdog/2008/11-expoguide.html

    Kudos for posting this warning Ritchie, you’ll save numerous people a fair amount of worry – you’re already ranking top for searches of their company name 😉

    You deserve the additional traffic this will bring 🙂

    1. Thank you, Richard. I am beginning to receive a steady flow of people who have be saved from the scam by seeing the blog. Hopefully more will also be prevented by falling fowl of it.

  41. This is a reincarnation of the European City Guide scam which dates back about 15 years. I would just ignore everything they send you and they will eventually give up chasing.

  42. A few years ago I did sign the paperwork as I believed it was from companies House, I closed this business down and started a new business, they have changed my paperwork to say my new trading name and I have just has a reminder for nearly £3k. I have definitely not signed anything under my current trading name! They are now threatening legal action.

  43. Further to my email yesterday, I informed Action Fraud but also got it touch with Royal Mail.

    I sent them photos of the letter, the French return envelope and, more importantly, the envelope that it was all delivered as this is what they need to make their enquiries. Here is the reply from them this morning.

    “Thank you very much for the information you have provided. Please be assured that we are constantly trying to prevent this type of mail from entering the postal system. The example you sent is just what we need to make enquiries. If any mail of this type is received in future, I would be grateful if this could be forwarded to us, along with the envelope it was delivered in and endorsed with the date it was received.

    Please email or forward this to the Freepost address below quoting the reference number SR4578.

    FREEPOST SCAM MAIL

    Unless we require any further information from you, we will not contact you again, but rest assured any further samples of this type of mail received from you in future will be scrutinised and used to assist us in our enquiries.

    Yours sincerely

    Scam Mail Helpdesk
    Email: scam.mail@royalmail.com

    I must say, ‘LL’ from Royal Mail was exceptional yesterday, but I also want to extend my gratitude to you Ritchie for saving the hard-working community of small business owners from financial losses, anguish and frustration. We have enough to work through on a daily basis without dealing with imbeciles like this soliciting their malicious objectives on us as well.

    Ultimately, I hope to see any director or company owner using immoral and unethical practice to deceive, to then take advantage of the legal system to their own gain, are bought to justice.

    1. Thank you for your kind words, DC.

      I was unaware of this method of reporting to Royal Mail and will be reporting them myself today.

    2. I received this letter a couple of weeks ago and was going to hand it to my partner. But before doing that had a look at the text on the signature part which revealed their intention. I am going to send it to Royal Mail scam.mail@royalmail.com along with the reply envelope. Hopefully they can end this non-sense.

  44. I received a polite letter saying that I needed to register,which I have declined! Thank you for sharing your experiences and thank you to Google!

  45. By the way, if you do a search on http://www.com-reg.com you immediately get to https://www.scamadviser.com/check-website/com-reg.com which puts it very high risk, the site has only had 272 views in 18mths and is rerouted through several countries ending up in the B Virgin islands – why?! Also noticed the Netherlands address also comes up coincidentally where all the other scam directories are based too. 100% this is a scam, i can’t even be bothered to reply to them any more, handed over to UK Fraud office so let them keep dealing with it. My friends Brother in law actually works there, will have a word with her and see if I can find any insider info!

  46. Thanks for your post. I have received a letter, asking to sign and return the attached form. I thought it wasn’t right as thw retuen address was in France. Found this website when I tried to search England Commercial Register. I’m sending to Royal Mail scam department

  47. This blog is great, we are a small scaffold company and we have had this going on from May to now and have just received a letter saying they are now taking legal action for which we are liable to pay all costs! I contacted a Litigation solicitor who advised this is a scam and DO NOT pay and contact action fraud on 0300 1232040. They have given me a crime ref number and advised to keep all documents for police if need be. I can finally feel at ease as thought this was all my fault for not reading something properly and putting our business at financial loss.

  48. Hi, just had one of these letters but it seems they are now playing fair. It does clearly state that they are a private company not affiliated with any government body and that there is a charge of €993 plus VAT a year for 3 years. I guessed they were dodgy when it came but many thanks for your website. Keep ignoring those bills.

  49. Congratulations on this blog, it’s nice to know I’m not the only one. I’m at almost exactly the same stage as Ritchie, just had the letter threatening an international debt recovery agency. I have reported it on Action fraud website but I think I’ll give them a ring tomorrow.

  50. Great thread, we’ve received the same letter this morning and binned it, precious time and money saved, well done to all who have contributed.

  51. Just finished an online chat with ActionFraud, pretty useless really, I was hoping for some feedback that they are at least aware of this but got nothing at all, just told me to file a report on their website. Chat transcript below. Has anyone got past the stage of being threatened with an international debt collection agency?

    ‎10‎:‎41‎:‎26 System System: Connected with Amber
    ‎10‎:‎41‎:‎30 Agent Amber: Hello Richard Steele, you are chatting with Amber, thanks for contacting us, how can I assist you? (Please do not reveal personal data during this web chat)
    ‎10‎:‎42‎:‎15 Customer Richard Steele: Hello, I’m after some advice on something called the Commercial register, they operate from Spain, I believe it’s been reported before
    ‎10‎:‎43‎:‎21 Customer Richard Steele: they target businesses, send out letters, seemingly for free registration then send out invoices for 993euros per year
    ‎10‎:‎44‎:‎26 Agent Amber: Can you explain briefly what has happened?
    ‎10‎:‎45‎:‎33 Customer Richard Steele: I received a letter in April, which I thought was just to confirm a free registration on their website, asked to fill in a form and send it back. Foolishly I did.
    ‎10‎:‎46‎:‎19 Customer Richard Steele: 3 weeks later I got an invoice for 993 euro, when I emailed to cancel, they said it was too late, had to be cancelled within 14 days.
    ‎10‎:‎47‎:‎06 Customer Richard Steele: since then I have received several letters, the latest one threatening an international debt collection agency
    ‎10‎:‎47‎:‎51 Customer Richard Steele: there are many other people in the same boat, I’ve found a blog online run by Ritchie Hicks, many people on there say they have reported it to you
    ‎10‎:‎50‎:‎06 Agent Amber: OK. Please follow this link: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report-fraud-about-you and select the relevant option regarding your situation to report this matter.
    ‎10‎:‎53‎:‎14 Customer Richard Steele: I did that on the weekend, reported it as phishing as so far I haven’t lost any money, however, they are now threatening with debt collectors and court action if I don’t pay within 8 days. My questions are, are you aware of them, are you doing anythi
    ‎10‎:‎53‎:‎30 Customer Richard Steele: anything about it and should I pay them?
    ‎10‎:‎58‎:‎41 Agent Amber: I’d advise that you follow the link to report this and receive a reference number. You will then be able to provide this to the debt collectors.
    ‎10‎:‎59‎:‎53 Customer Richard Steele: Can you confirm that they are on your list and being investigated?
    ‎11‎:‎00‎:‎51 Agent Amber: Unfortunately, we do not have a list as we do not take part in any investigation process.
    ‎11‎:‎01‎:‎34 Customer Richard Steele: So what Action does ActionFraud take?
    ‎11‎:‎03‎:‎31 Agent Amber: Action Fraud is the National Reporting Centre for victims of Fraud and Cyber Crime. We take reports on behalf of the City of London Police and pass them onto the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau for analysis.
    ‎11‎:‎03‎:‎46 Agent Amber: Reports are sent to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau who determine the investigation of each report. They will analyse the information in your report and may pass it onto your local police force depending on any viable lines of enquiry.
    ‎11‎:‎04‎:‎15 Customer Richard Steele: So how do I contact them?
    ‎11‎:‎05‎:‎26 Agent Amber: Action Fraud take reports on behalf of the NFIB. I’d advise following the provided link to report this matter.
    ‎11‎:‎07‎:‎13 Customer Richard Steele: That appears to be just dropping my report into a black hole, this has been going on for a long time with a lot of people, I just want to know if anything has been done
    ‎11‎:‎11‎:‎01 Agent Amber: I can only advise that you report this matter to ourselves. Each report that is submitted is linked with any others with the same suspect information.
    ‎11‎:‎11‎:‎16 Agent Amber: Your report will link with any others who have also reported this.
    ‎11‎:‎12‎:‎29 Customer Richard Steele: that really doesn’t help with my question of whether I should pay them at all
    ‎11‎:‎13‎:‎46 Agent Amber: I would advise not paying the fee. As previously mentioned, once you report the matter you will be provided with a reference number which you can provide to the debt collectors.
    ‎11‎:‎14‎:‎12 Customer Richard Steele: thanks, bye
    ‎11‎:‎14‎:‎21 Agent Amber: Take care. Thank you for using the Action Fraud Chat Service.

  52. Thank you so much for this blog and its updates. I was sent the letter, saw nothing about a fee or T&Cs and filled in the form as I could not get onto the website at the time, assumed it was Companies House writing. I then received the bill. I was horrified and worried sick as cannot afford it, so emailed them immediately to advise of the error. I then looked them up on the web and found your blog. I have today received their letter saying they understand my situation but its a binding contract and therefore the monies are due. Having seen this blog and the updates, I will now ignore them and store their correspondence. I will also report it to Action Fraud. Again, thank you, thank you, thank you. Piera

  53. We have also fallen foul of this, I usually pride myself in being very diligent about reading all small print so was filled with dread when I received their letter. This forum has helped me regain a bit of confidence but does anyone know if it’s safe to not respond/not pay up? I received the email today that a lot of you report talking about the ‘cooling off’ period and still having to pay the invoice etc, has anyone had to deal with any repercussions from not paying it? We can’t afford it and I’m worried I’ll lose my job.

    1. Hi. Do date, NO ONE has been taken to court. Having been contacted by many hundreds of people and spent many hours researching this company, I doubt very much that anyone ever will be. They prey on small business. Their practices are dubious. Don’t lose any sleep over it. They are just trying to scare you. It’s a massive con which has been used in many different forms and many different names for a number of years.

      1. I believe returning their prepaid envelopes costs them money, send them a Christmas card or a blank sheet of A4. It does worry me how many people have paid in haste. Where am I supposed to send the actual scam letter to?

  54. I’ve had the initial letter this morning and seeing how it looked strange I Googled and found your blog. I will be reporting them too. Thanks for helping everyone with spreading awareness of this scam.

  55. I got a letter from this company today. Thanks to this post (and a hunch it was a scam) I have dodged a bullet …well, some hassle at least! I have a recommendation for anyone who hears from this company in the future…Take a newspaper and tear it up into small bits and stuff the pre-paid envelope with it and send it back. As there is no stamp required it will be the company who has to pay to receive the letter. I think my letter will cost them about a fiver to collect! Hahahahaha!

  56. Thankfully, i re-read the full letter from back to front then took a photo and posted and shared on facebook today….I ripped up my letter and placed in some junk mail to there free paid envelope…..
    I’ll be sharing your blog news too, hopefully to help other small business keep well away from these dirty scamming scum bags.
    Franki

  57. We run a small DVD rental and sales shop in Northumberland.
    Wish I’d seen this before, I thought I’d never be scammed but when you are busy and you receive these things by post it’s easy to be caught out. THERE IS NO WAY I’LL BE PAYING THIS BILL (993.00 euros)

  58. I wish I’d seen this earlier, we run a small business in Northumberland and like others I opened the mail when I was quite busy doing many other things and thinking it’s from Company’s House I quickly signed it and put it back in the post in the envelope provided, not noticing the address.
    A couple of weeks later the bill for 993 euros (around £840) arrived.
    I tried to email them via their website but when I clicked ‘send’ it didn’t work so I emailed them from my own account. It’s now 24 hours since I sent this, it didn’t bounce back but so far I’ve receive no reply. No doubt I’ll be getting a reminder to pay soon.

    I an not going to pay this and I guess I’m not alone so good luck all.

  59. We thank you for your e-mail dated 23rd November 2016 and confirm that an advertisement order was indeed placed when returning the original order form to us, duly signed and dated on 22nd October 2016.
     
    Since your cancellation request was not sent to us within the contractual cooling off period of fifteen days from the date of signature your order has come into force and you can now view your advertising on our website: http://www.com-reg.com.
     
    Despite your explanations it is clearly inscribed on our contracts that we are a private company, not linked in any way with a government department and we are surprised by your comments since it is also clearly stated in our cover letter that our company “is not affiliated with a public authority or any official entity”.
     
    As there is no doubt that a contract was legally entered into, we ask you to settle the outstanding invoice within the next few days and remain,
     
    Yours faithfully.
     
    Customer Support Dept.
    http://www.com-reg.com

    This is my first reply to a demand informing me that I’ve signed an agreement:

    Dear Sirs,

    When I signed this I was not aware that you are a private company. It was only when I received the invoice I realised it, plus our business is experiencing financial problems at present struggling to pay others and may be forced to close down in the near future  therefore we are not in a position to pay for it.

    Your company deliberately gives the impression by calling this “England Commercial Register” that it’s a government request hoping you’ll not see the exorbitant charge in the small print and you know this.

    This must be cancelled with immediate effect as I will not be paying for it.

    Thank you.

  60. My compnay received the same letter today. It rang alarm bells straight away as i wary when it comes to official letters etc ! After a quick google i found this very helpful thread ! The letter shall be shredded ! Cheers Guys

  61. i have received almost identical documentation addressed to a small community shop in my village and through a misunderstanding signed the original so called contract in error. On receipt of the Direct Publisher SLU invoice i and my colleagues went into audit mode and agree with all the comments made by others on this website. i shall be reporting the matter to Action Fraud after this write up and not responding to any further corespondence that DLU may write to us. They will receive no payment and i look forward to meeting their lawyers in Court alongside all of you!

    1. We too received one of these today. I did of course return the prepaid envelope – enclosing a short sharp expletive. Shysters.

    2. I would like to thank you all for your comments.

      I have just received a letter this morning from England Commercial Register. I didn’t know what it was about so did a search and found all your very useful thread.

      This letter is going to be filed in the bin.

      Thank you

  62. They’ve changed their letter! I received one this morning from “England Commercial Register” with an elongated St George’s cross as it’s logo. Supposedly ‘England Companies Commercial register’, and yet based in Madrid!!
    Slightly different proposal on this letter – I have to pay, apparently, to ‘avoid the removal of your incomplete company details’.
    The final line states:
    ‘We thank you for your contribution to keep Commercial Register up to date and wish you success with your publication.
    Best regards
    Chef (sic) editor’

    What publication are they talking about? A cookery book perhaps?!
    Still http://www.com-reg.com and still charging 993Euros.
    This has been sent with a pre-pay envelope to a French address – even though they are from Madrid, and this is for “England Companies”.
    What heavy things should I send back in said envelope…?

    1. Hi all.

      Yes, just had the same arrive today. In fact I see from the Ts & Cs that this is a minimum THREE year ‘agreement’ of 993 Euros EACH YEAR!!!

      Filed under ‘B’ for Bin.

      Thanks very much for all the great information here. Funnily enough we are certainly not a new company as we have been trading for more than 6 years – and they have posted this to our ‘trading as’ address and not our registered company name or address, so they’re perhaps now just left with trawling through business directories, or buying in bogus company data for their mailing list. I’m not sure anyone else in the company would have checked, and I feel very lucky this has been intercepted by me.

  63. Glad to see this. Couldn’t understand it at first. i got the prepaid return envelope too, and have returned it to them with a brief message!

    1. hi , i also received today letter & prepaid envelope
      im planning to print few hundred of those prepaid envelopes & keep sending them empty reply’s (on there postage cost)

  64. Ours turned up today. I’m too suspicious of everything now. So instantly looked for SCAM.
    After working it out it went in the bin. But I’m now thinking of sending some other postal junk in the reply envelope.

    1. Hi,

      Is there any chance you could send me the picture showing how the original letter look like with the company house on it which will be good proof of confirming that there is terms and conditions or any information about the payment required.

      Thanks in advance

      Kate

        1. hi Ritchie
          I am in the middle of this scam and thanks to you i’m not such a nervous wreck. I have had the reminders and the 8 days to pay the legal department and now the international recovery agency. my employers cant wait to see what happens as i am only the receptionist . I do keep reading your blog as it makes me feel better to know im not the only one to be scammed . Thanks for just being there.

          1. Hi Avril. I’m sorry you’re worrying about this. Personally, I wouldn’t. These people prey on fear but I have never found evidence that a single case has been taken to court, let alone that anyone being forced to pay it.

  65. Thank you for your advise, it has been helpful.
    We received a letter from ‘England Commercial Register – Publication of companies’ it sound like a scam!! The Free Post envelope is for an address in France …DIRECT PUBLISHER, Autorisation 44092, 95929 ROISSY, CDG CEDEX
    for details of the letter received, see below to warn others!!

    England Commercial Register
    publication of companies
    England Companies Commercial Register

    Date: 22 November 2016

    Please amend and confirm your changes on page 2 and return the form to us as soon as possible.
    Filing Deadline 30.12.2016

    Removal of your company details

    Dear Sir / Madam,

    In order to avoid the removal of your incomplete company details, please revise and approve your information promptly.
    Should the information provided not be correct or be incomplete, you have the opportunity to amend your information as a basic data entry (company name, trade, city, postcode) under Commercial Register: wvvw.com-reg.com ‘Update’ Box. You will not be charged for this.

    If you require the publication of further company details which exceeds the scope of the basic data entry, please use the attached form and return it to us. As our company is not affiliated with a public authority or any official entity, this entry is subject to a charge. In this case, please ensure that the form is signed by an authorised signatory. The application for an entry in our Commercial Register targets companies, self-employed persons, institutions and authorities and not private persons.

    We thank you for your contribution to keep Commercial Register up to date and wish you success with your publication.

    Best regards

    Chef editor 732/173CX
    Department Data

    Direct Publisher, SLU: Fuencarral 160 – E-28010 Madrid . Fax +34 912 727 288 – E-Mail: NF: ES B-87371464

  66. I manage a branch of a multi-site, national company. I am somewhat hazy as to whether I signed something and sent it back but I seem to recall following their offer to verify my details for free on the website. As I work branch of a larger company, I am not in a position to authorise invoices of this amount, moreover any decisions such as this are taken centrally. Further I would certainly not have signed something quoting “legally binding”. This is how I know there was no explicit mention of a charge of €993 in the documents, as a) I cannot authorise this in my capacity as Store Manager, and b) it is not a very attractive offer for a simple listing. On Saturday, I received my first “PAYMENT NOTICE” letter. I noticed that our store details appeared on the http://www.com]-[reg.com (which I have been unable to get onto for 2 days now) website, as well as two other of our branches and Head Office. I have notified Action Fraud and have no intention of paying them. Thanks for the blog, I will keep you informed as to how it plays out.

  67. We received one of these letters today and as I never fill out any form without checking the proper source and thank god I found this website.

    Form has been shredded

    Thank you

  68. Hi
    I have just received one of these letters 20 mins ago! I did a quick search on the net and found this. Thanks for the warning, I will destroy the letter now. X

  69. As the owner of a small business I too have received a letter today 13/12/16 and without this blog would have probably filled it in.

    I have subsequently shredded their letter. So thanks!

    As we reach the calendar year end also be aware of an e-mail from people posing as HMRC suggesting you are entitled to a year end refund and all you have to provide are the card details attached to your government gateway account (used for paying VAT)

    Their letter looks very authentic, even including the HMRC logo and contact address and I recently got scammed by them as I had reported my year end figures and completed my final quarter VAT return and therefore was expecting a personal tax refund.

    Luckily for me my bank provider highlighted the unusual usage on my card and contacted me to advise of these transactions.

    Please double check all correspondence with HMRC direct.

    Good Luck!

  70. I too have received the same letter please do not fill it out, rip up the letter and post the empty envelope so they have at least got to pay for that

  71. I have also recieved one of these. I suggest sending something heavy and valueless back in the reply paid envelope. Satisfying, if not enough to destroy their ‘business’ model.

  72. I unfortunately have also been caught out by this scam and had my first payment demand a few days ago and felt sick since that I stupidly hurriedly signed. I have informed I will not be paying and will seek legal representation if I am Persued. I am going to try to block their emails

  73. Just found this, had the same, it was sent to them, when I was away. On return I rung them to say I didn’t want to be included on any register, they informed me I just had to e mail to cancel, which I did within the 15 days.
    But I still received an invoice, called again was told the same thing again.
    They claim they never received the original e mail, yeah right !! so I sent it again, twice !
    They said I could request to cancel by e mail but it wouldn’t guarantee the cancellation.
    I replied stating that their call centre shouldn’t give false information then.
    The response this morning included..
    “, we confirm that you can indeed e-mail or send by formal letter your cancelation request, although this does not automatically leads to a cancelation of your contract.”
    Seriously wtf!!
    I have reported this and told them I won’t be paying and won’t be responding to them in future.
    I’m glad I found this, I thought I was dealing with monkeys, but appears it’s just fraudsters.

  74. We too received an invoice yesterday (5/1/17) for £863 following a form I sent back in November. In my view they have inserted a block of text above my signature stating that it is a ORDER and we would commit to the £863 charge. In fact on the copy of the form they sent back one can see a line where it has been inserted. There is no way I would have signed that if that text had been there. I have decided that a) we will not be paying and b) that I will not be contacting them and ignore all demands and I suspect it’ll go away. The only thing that I’d like to do (although obviously the company wouldn’t oblige ) is to ask that they send me back my original form which, if it ever went to court they’d need to provide anyway as I’m certain the text above my signature wasn’t there

    1. I agree with you, I don’t think the text was there on mine either and the photocopy has distinct colouration changes as if it may have been added, and I’m assured no one sent anything off asking for any payment.

  75. Hi Ritchie,

    I received the same letter in the end of November last year adding a form to it that didn’t say any kind of payment on it. Now they’ve forwarded me an invoice saying that I need to pay €993 to them and along with the invoice they’ve sent me my signed contract as well, although I remember very well that the form that I signed never showed any kind of payment on it.
    I replied that I searched on google and found that you guys are a scam and also spoke to the Companies House personally and asked them about if you’re acting on behalf of the Companies House and they clearly denied and clarified that it’s a fraudulent company, so just ignore them and you don’t need to take any action.

    I’m somehow quite confident now, because if the government of UK is saying that they’re a fraud then I don’t care about whatever action they want to take, they can go ahead.

    Thanks a lot for your help Ritchie, your article was of huge help.

    1. Hello Narinder. I haven’t heard from them for a couple of months now (October 2016). Maybe they’ve got the hint!

      1. Just received another email yesterday demanding for the payment at the earliest. I showed to the owner of the business as well and he said just to avoid any emails from them because there’s no point wasting time on replying.
        I think I’ll just avoid emails from them from now on because I clarified them twice to cancel our contract and we’re not going to pay them but seems like they’re not getting it.

        1. Hi Narinder,
          Im very grateful you posted your last two posts as that is the point at which I am with this company. I didnt think to check with Company’s House but did report on Action Fraud. I am now ignoring (and keeping) all correspondence from them and watching this site in the interim.
          Piera

  76. Many thanks to all who have shared details – we were almost caught but have followed your lead.

    We are now Ignoring and Retaining correspondence.

  77. Hi all,

    I have just received the third reminder for payment which I will ignore but … they are now threatening legal if I do not pay. Anyone else at this point? Safe to still ignore?

  78. We had a phone call this very day from a guy asking who pays our overseas invoices., when I stated we didn’t do any overseas business he politely ended the phone call. I suspect it was the scammers Commercial Register.
    I must say it is so refreshing to know we were not the only company ALMOST caught out by this scam. They can send Charles Atlas (ask your grandad) and we still won’t pay!

    Our story is so similar to everyone else on this site. It’s important to support each other. I’ve told Ella King (whoever she or he is) in our last e mail to them on the 20th January, that we will not be replying to any further e mails and will definitely not be paying them.

  79. Oh My God!!!

    I have just found this blog and I got stung too! Like others, I filled out a form which I thought was something to do with Government. When I got their invoice, I freaked out, and then when I had calmed down, I thought, this is probably a scam. I wrote them back explaining that I did not want their listing, that there are free, and much cheaper industry specific listings on directories that work for us. (Basically their product is rubbish). I had thought the form was a government form and I said to them that the for doesn’t LOOK like an order form. I also said that I thought hteir marketing methods were sneaky, and the fact that they had enclosed a photocopy of my handwritten form and signature suggested that they EXPECT people to be writing back to them saying “Hey! I never ordered this”

    Today I heard back from them: “We are surprised that you can invoke a “mistake” when you had all the time deemed necessary to review our explanatory cover letter and order form before returning it validated.”

    Hmmm….. I don’t think they can really be all that surprised, now that I have read this blog, I am so relieved it is a scam…. Although I am worried about being hassled by future demands, and feel stupid for not reading the initial information properly. However, I note that some of you say that they have re-scanned the information onto a different document. Anyway, THANK YOU so much for this blog, it is very helpful. I will report them to the police link.

  80. I have had a letter today enclosing a copy of the invoice for this years advertisement and stating that last years invoice has not been paid. I have ignored everything last year and will be doing the same this year.

  81. I am at the beginning of the same scam, I got the letters sent back early this week and I emailed saying I wanted to cancel, they have written back with the same response concluding I need to pay not cancelled within the cooling off period.
    I’m nervous but also glad to see others are not paying this and I have reported to action fraud…..
    I will keep watching to see where it ends.

  82. I would personally have the utmost confidence to represent myself in our local County Court against any writ brought against us by Commercial Register knowing others have suffered the same scam. We must all be strong and face up to these people. We are a law abiding business, who pride ourselves on paying our invoices on time. I was discussing tihis very topic with our IT technician, and he stated in his opinion, like a lot of these scams there will be very little outlay or cost to them and huge profits to gain if they can get away with it.

    Like a lot of people I originally felt humiliated for falling for this scam, however it was a clever one I have to give them at least that credit. You name it and I’m an expert, Inland revenue tax refund, IPI, rates reduction, utility savings, top of the Google promises and the new one, henancing your Facebook page for only a £100 per week. Either via phone calls or e mails to our office, we don’t fall for any of them.

    I read with interest on this blog one company who almost ended up doing a deal with Commercial Register for something like £350.00 to cancel the contract completely and although I can see how they might have thought this was the answer, I was delighted to read they didn’t in the end pay a penny.

  83. I would personally have the utmost confidence to represent myself in our local County Court against any writ brought against us by Commercial Register knowing others have suffered the same scam.

    We are a law abiding business, who pride ourselves on paying our invoices on time. I was discussing tihis very topic with our IT technician, and he stated in his opinion, like a lot of these scams there will be very little outlay or cost to them and huge profits to gain if they can get away with it.

    Like a lot of people I originally felt humiliated for falling for this scam, however it was a clever one I have to give them at least that credit. You name it and I’m an expert, Inland revenue tax refund, IPI, rates reduction, utility savings, top of the Google promises and the new one, henancing your Facebook page for only a £100 per week. Either via phone calls or e mails to our office, we don’t fall for any of them.

    I read with interest on this blog one company who almost ended up doing a deal with Commercial Register for something like £350.00 to cancel the contract completely and although I can see how they might have thought this was the answer, I was delighted to read they didn’t in the end pay a penny.

  84. I would personally have the utmost confidence to represent myself in our local County Court against any writ brought against us by Commercial Register knowing others have suffered the same scam.

    We are a law abiding business, who pride ourselves on paying our invoices on time. I was discussing tihis very topic with our IT technician, and he stated in his opinion, like a lot of these scams there will be very little outlay or cost to them and huge profits to gain if they can get away with it.

    Like a lot of people I originally felt humiliated for falling for this scam, however it was a clever one I have to give them at least that credit. You name it and I’m an expert, Inland revenue tax refund, IPI, rates reduction, utility savings, top of the Google promises and the new one, henancing your Facebook page for only a £100 per week. Either via phone calls or e mails to our office, we don’t fall for any of them.

    I read with interest on this blog one company who almost ended up doing a deal with Commercial Register for something like £350.00 to cancel the contract completely and although I can see how they might have thought this was the answer, I was delighted to read they didn’t in the end pay a penny.

    1. ritchiehicks et al,

      FYI, this letter received from ActionFraud today.

      +++
      I’m sorry to hear you’ve been a victim of crime. Thank you for taking the time to report to Action Fraud.
      All Action Fraud reports are passed to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau and we review every crime to
      identify investigative leads and opportunities to disrupt criminal activity. We have reviewed your report and I
      regret to inform you that we have not identified any leads that would result in a successful criminal
      investigation therefore your report has not been sent to a local police force or other enforcement organisation
      to commence an investigation at this time.
      Please be assured that we have not closed your report and it will continue to be reviewed against new
      information received from Action Fraud reports and other intelligence sources. If it is linked to an
      investigative opportunity in the future we will contact you.
      If you would like information on what support is available to you, please visit the Victims’ Information Service
      website http://www.victimsinformationservice.org.uk. If you would like information on how to protect yourself from
      fraud please visit http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/support_for_you or you can call them on 0300 123 2040.
      I would recommend that you sign up to http://www.actionfraudalert.co.uk so you can receive warning messages
      about new and emerging scams and practical prevention advice. This is a free service and allows you to
      receive tips, guidance and helpful advice to prevent fraud against you.
      If you have any queries regarding this letter please visit http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/FAQ where you will find
      answers to the most common questions. You may also submit questions which you feel are not addressed
      by the FAQ using our online form.
      Thank you for taking the time to report to Action Fraud. Every report we receive contributes to building an
      accurate picture of the fraud threat. It is critical for policing to identify and disrupt suspected criminals now
      and in the future and we will strive to provide practical prevention advice to protect the community and
      businesses.
      Yours sincerely
      Matthew Bradford
      Director NFIB
      +++

  85. Fell for this scam like others on here.
    Fine others saying do not pay, take no notice of the demands.
    As they are based outside the UK, surely as such they have no hold over us and as such all is null and void.
    Has anyone got copies of a solicitors letter or point us in the right direction as to getting further advice.
    Have reported it to Action Fraud, which is well and good, they don’t answer the phone and it could take up to 28 days to get a response, to which unless they get enough complaints about one company/fraud, they may not take any further action!!!!

  86. For everyone’s info, this letter received from Action Fraud today.

    +++
    I’m sorry to hear you’ve been a victim of crime. Thank you for taking the time to report to Action Fraud.
    All Action Fraud reports are passed to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau and we review every crime to
    identify investigative leads and opportunities to disrupt criminal activity. We have reviewed your report and I
    regret to inform you that we have not identified any leads that would result in a successful criminal
    investigation therefore your report has not been sent to a local police force or other enforcement organisation
    to commence an investigation at this time.
    Please be assured that we have not closed your report and it will continue to be reviewed against new
    information received from Action Fraud reports and other intelligence sources. If it is linked to an
    investigative opportunity in the future we will contact you.
    If you would like information on what support is available to you, please visit the Victims’ Information Service
    website http://www.victimsinformationservice.org.uk. If you would like information on how to protect yourself from
    fraud please visit http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/support_for_you or you can call them on 0300 123 2040.
    I would recommend that you sign up to http://www.actionfraudalert.co.uk so you can receive warning messages
    about new and emerging scams and practical prevention advice. This is a free service and allows you to
    receive tips, guidance and helpful advice to prevent fraud against you.
    If you have any queries regarding this letter please visit http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/FAQ where you will find
    answers to the most common questions. You may also submit questions which you feel are not addressed
    by the FAQ using our online form.
    Thank you for taking the time to report to Action Fraud. Every report we receive contributes to building an
    accurate picture of the fraud threat. It is critical for policing to identify and disrupt suspected criminals now
    and in the future and we will strive to provide practical prevention advice to protect the community and
    businesses.
    Yours sincerely
    Matthew Bradford
    Director NFIB
    +++

  87. My business fell for this scam where they had scanned the signature of my secretary onto the form. This was four years ago and at that time I registered it with Action Fraud and also went to see my local MP Nick Clegg and he wote to them to tell them to stop harrassing me.
    Last week I had a phone call from a Teo Lopez
    Legal advisor
    Credit Collection Factoring s.r.o.
    CZ 120 00, Prague 2, P.O.BOX 42
    Tel. + 420 226 223 020
    Fax. + 420 226 223 028
    tl@cc-factoring.com
    http://www.cc-factoring.com
    He sent me the email below;

    We, Credit Collection Factoring S.r.o. (CCF), are duly authorized by our client Portal Empresarial S.L. to act on its behalf in order to collect from ‘MY COMPANY NAME’ the comercial debt related to the advertisiment services provided by our client on the internet site Industry + Commerce

    According to our records, your company signed a legally binding B2B (Business to Business) contract on 27 April 2013, ordering a premium advertisement on the Web Portal Industry + Commerce managed by Portem (Paterna – Spain). The marketing proposal provided information about of the payable ad: annual cost (997,00 EUR), minimum duration (three years) and possibility to cancel within the cooling off period (two weeks). Your company, chose to fill in, sign and return back the order and by doing so adhered to a legally binding agreement requesting a payable entry in our client’s web portal. According to our client, your company never paid for the service.

    The total overdue amount stands at 3.619,11 EUR (Three Thousand Six Hundred Nineteen 11/100), as specified in attached copy of last unpaid invoice.

    The aim of our firm is to find an amicable solution in order to avoid a legal recourse that will incur in additional costs for both parties. I have been instructed to resolve your case amicable within five (5) business days in order to avoid recovery through the European order for payment. I invite you to consult the following government site for further information:

    https://e-justice.europa.eu/content_order_for_payment_procedures-41-ew-fr.do?clang=en

    ‘MY COMPANY NAME’ should proceed to liquidate its overdue account before the end of the five-day period. Payment should be made via wire transfer to the following Porten bank account.

    Holder: PORTAL EMPRESARIAL, S.L.
    Bank’s name: CAJAMAR – CAJA RURAL
    IBAN: ES33 3058 2108 8727 2000 3573
    BIC/SWIFT: CCRIES2A
    Ref.: Order PE No 637864 out of court settlement.

    I am now going to reply with the obvious, “I have no intention of paying anything” but just wanted to post where my update is up to.
    Also funnily enough on the 22nd November last year I recieved a new letter from the England Commercial Register with the new scam!
    Has anyone else been contacted by their so-called Legal Advisor?

    1. If it looks and smells like bullshit, it’s usually bullshit! Since when did Factoring become debt collection?

      Why would a Spanish company use a debt collection agency in the Czech Republic?

      And where have they got £3619 from? This letter smacks of the same tactics that Direct Publisher use.

      I had a look at their domain name registry info, and the cc-factoring . com address is registered to:

      Adrian Wittmer
      Varsavska 36, Praha 2 12000 CZ
      Phone: +420.601375120
      Email:adrianwittmer@yahoo.com

      Why would a genuine company register their domain name to a private individual? I also looked at the address which appears to be residential.

  88. We too have been duped by this! (or at least tried to be).

    As a director of a successful and growing digital marketing company I feel like a fool, but looking back on it I think I’m being too hard on myself.

    The document that I was said to have signed certainly wasn’t the document I did actually sign. . it’s amazing what a scanner in Madrid can do!

    I’m vigilant and frugal, I care about our companies finances, and its image.. there is no way I would have signed the alleged document, I always read the small print.

    Well done Commercial Register (We know you’re reading this), you nearly got away with it., but please don’t take us Brits for fools, we invented the telephone and steam engine for god sake.

    So Commercial Register (or Direct Publisher S.L.U) What’s your next scam? Robbing old people in the street? Stealing charity boxes from the local shop?

    Been duped too? Don’t be hard on yourself, they were very clever.. but at least they’ve been found out thanks to this blog.. shows what you can do when people stick together for a common cause 🙂

    RIP Commercial Register, you lost!

  89. just received the initial letter. All very official looking. Thought it was a scam and a payment would be claimed somewhere down the line.
    Found it!!
    Point 5 in the terms and conditions.
    I have returned the empty envelope to them.
    I then googled and found this.
    Thanks for confirming my thoughts.
    Good luck with your fight!

  90. I am a sole trader and have received this letter today. I recognised it as a scam I had received a few years ago before. Nobody seems to have spotted that the “contract” is for Three years minimum and the amount demanded (£863 + vat) is per year. The unfortunate thing is that they obviously manage to trick enough people into paying up, to make it worth their while. Why doesn’t the Spanish government do anything?

  91. Received a copy of the letter from Commercial Register this morning.
    Having read it, I’d realised it was ‘fishy’ so to satisfy my curiosity I checked online and found this blog.
    Needless to say, they won’t be getting a response from me

  92. Got a letter today.

    Knew it was a scam straight away as I deal with Companies House a lot and my company name and address was 10 years out of date. Initially it certainly looks like they are trying to copy official Companies House documentation.

    Returned the form with new address at 66 Scammers Lane and signed by Joe Isn’t Scammed.

  93. Hi, I just got a letter today. Thought it was not right so checked on the internet and found this blog. Thank you everyone.

    I have also received another letter from ‘Publication of companies and VAT Registration Numbers in the UK Corporate Portal 2017’ requesting I complete the form with our VAT registration no. and send back to them to register on the UK portal. Payment here is 797 GBP. I think this is also some scam although the letter looks official. I am going to ignore it so be careful everyone.

  94. I received a letter from Commercial Register this morning. Once I saw that they wanted 863 GB Pounds per year I realised it was a scam and will therefore not be responding. Let’s see what they do about it. If they come back to me again, I’ll report them to Action Fraud.
    Thanks for the blog, as it confirmed my suspicion.
    I can see why people get confused, as it is looks like it’s from a government agency.

  95. Thank you for this blog as i have received a letter today they where trying for 863+vat returned prepaid envelop with a blank sheet of paper in I hope they have to pay for the postage

  96. I received one of these today – again went through the same process as many of you – it looked like a scam so checked online – thanks for putting up this blog to confirm my suspicions.

    I have returned the pre-paid envelope to them filled with glitter and confetti – childish I know, but we got a laugh out of it in the office.

  97. I too have received an initial letter today from the ‘Spanish branch’, having 3 weeks ago received one from Germany, which I shredded. In fact they refer to a company in which I was a partner with my husband until his death in Jan 2014. The business was taken over by some friends-all done through legal and official channels. I find this most distressing some 3 years after my husband suddenly died-an experience I am still trying to come to terms with!

  98. Ridiculous scam letter received at my UK business address 10 Feb 2017.
    Included a post-paid envelope to a French address.
    Destroyed original letter, returned ‘appropriate written communication’ instead.
    Small victories 🙂

  99. ps: I wish I had thought of stuffing the envelope with glitter.

    I’ll leave that delight for someone else, please! 🙂

  100. Lots of cakers including me have received this today. I had to read it 3 times to make sure it was what I initially thought it was, a scam. Does look very official and they must terrify a lot of people into paying. Shredded letter, returned rude note in their pre paid envelope – let them lose some money!

  101. I got this letter today, seemed a little odd so read it properly and realised it was a scam. Searched and found this blog, it would have been so easy just to sign it if you were busy, if feel sorry for the people who actually end up paying these scammers.

    A letter stuffed with glitter is on its way back to them!

    For info if undelivered return address on the original envelope I got through the post is “DP, 1 Atlas Street, Bristol, BS20FP”

  102. I received one of these letters last week. What surprises me is how many people have actually filled it in the first place.

    Any letter that makes a demand that I MUST, or NEED to do something immediately raises my suspicions.

    Firstly the footer of the letter shows that it is a direct publisher based in Madrid – this invalidated, for me, any official standing the letter may have had. This acted as a primer to find out what the actual scam was, and on the form itself, in the section where you would sign and put a company stamp, it states clearly that you agree to pay £863 per year. The per year then gave me cause to read the conditions overleaf, where it states there is a minimum of 3 years subscription. So by filling in this form I would have agreed to be listed on some non-existent, unofficial register, and all for the princely sum of 3 x £863.

    Come on folks… it is all there in the letter, and if you can’t be bothered to read it, and then get a bill – then that should hopefully teach you to bloody well read before you sign anything, or if you aren’t capable get a lawyer to do it for you.

    As for the cure, just don;t pay the bill, and just shred any letter and demands that come from them. Basically tell them you’ll see them court if they want to pursue it; and take note that if ever there is a court date set for this, make sure you turn up to plead your end of the story, you will automatically lose if you are a no-show.

  103. Received today, knew it wasn’t Companies House, and thought it looked suspicious. Thanks for the confirmation and the suggestions to return the pre-paid envelope full so they have to pay for it. Have done with tri-lingual note.

    To be fair the form ‘CR-01’ does say clearly “The cost per year of publication is 863 BGP plus VAT if applicable.” But in people’s defense, that is in the midle of the paragraph, calling it CR-01 makes it seem official, and the front page has a filing deadline and states that “This service is cost free.” Once people have read that they will switch off and just fill out the form. Or apparenlty at least enough will to make it worth this dodgy company engaging in this scam rather than doing any real work.

  104. Received the original letter and thankfully read the small print, I smell a rat, googled it and what do you know…. it’s a scam! Thanks everyone for your input, I have managed to dodge the bullet! I hope you all continue to ignore this awful organisation and I hope they get what they deserve v soon!

  105. What a backwards little country we live in that this exact scam has been operating for months and the letters are still being delivered, address and name unchanged etc.

    Mine was delivered yesterday.

    What the hell are Action Fraud doing?

  106. I received the letter today requesting payment of £868.88…shocked!! I can’t thank you all enough for the information. I will report to Action Fraud in morning…and I can sleep tonight…!
    Many thanks
    Anne

  107. THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR OVER 5 YEARS
    I was scammed by what seems to be the same fraudsters around five years ago under a different title e-commerce but under the same formal format. I didnt sign the letter and it had no mention of three years of advertising. I have ignored them for five years and they even stopped phoning for around two years but they did phone again around Christmas saying they were solicitors working on behalf of e-commerce for unpaid debts and they will be taking me to court for around 5k. I told them where to go (again) and they have not come back.

    I have just received another letter this week now titled “commercial register”. These scammers make me feel sick and really need to be stopped. What can we do to stop businesses being scammed and harassed.

  108. Thanks for confirmation it’s a scam received my letter yesterday going straight in the bin, though did like the glitter idea.

  109. Got one from this lot in the post to my small business, spotted it was a scam as the company details were pulled from our website and not whats at Companies House, so I read the T&Cs on teh back and saw it was for a years advert in their rubbish publication. Checked on line and found this blog.

  110. I got a letter in Jan from “Commercial Register” (they’ve updated their logo since your original post, now with e crest to seem more “legit”). The verbiage is extremely misleading as they pretend to be associated with an official regulatory body like Companies House, when in fact they are some sort of dodgy publication/directory scamming small businesses into “advertising” with them. The small print saying they are registered in Spain gives away that I need not do ANYTHING about it as it’s nothing to do with my business based in the UK.
    I did receive something similar last year as well and ignored it then. I hope everyone ignores it so they just end up wasting money on printing and postage and wither away into the ether.

  111. Received a 3rd reminder from Commercial Register today.
    I’m ignoring it and any demands from debt collectors. I will contest this scam in County Court if necessary.
    Malcolm

  112. After my letter on Tuesday, I have now received a demanding e-mail..I will reply…SCAM forwarded to Action Fraud UK. I hope they have enough evidence to stop harassing innocent people. I feel sorry for those who havent found this blog & have paid…

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