Commercial Register (company information and contact details)

Commercial Register is a scam trade name set up by a company called Direct Publisher S.L.U based in Madrid, Spain which attempts to dupe companies into pay a 993 fee (or similar amount) to advertise on their extremely amateurish website.  There’s nothing particularly new about this scam and it has all the traits of previous attempts to defraud small business owners. For information relating to the Register of Companies or Commercial Register scam, check the relevant links.

Commercial Register dupe companies into signing a contract for an advert on a very poorly designed website. Once they form is signed companies are bombarded with demands for payment and threats of legal action.

The scam works by sending letters to companies registered with Companies House. The letters are design in such a way that they make the recipient believe that they are required to complete a form to keep their company registered with Commercial Register. In most cases, small business owners are tricked into thinking the letter is an official requirement from the UK Government.

How Commercial Register works

Initially, Commercial Register write to a company and suggest that the company needs to complete a form, suggesting that a failure to do so will result in your listing being removed from the website. Within the letter – cleverly hidden in later paragraphs – is an explanation that you will have to pay for your listing. The letter is made to appear official.

Once the company have your signed response they become very aggressive in pursuing you for the money, hoping that the pressure – along with a lack of understanding of the law – will convinced companies to pay the 993.

There are no reported instances of Direct Publisher S.L.U taking a company to court.

Commercial Register is a bogus website

The Commercial Register is bogus. Advertising on it will do absolutely nothing to promote your company. In fact, paying for links is something that Google is doing their utmost to prevent. If Google discover the Commercial Register linking to your website, it will probably do it more harm than good.

What are the contact details?

Commercial Register claim to be based in Madrid. There contact details are:

Direct Publisher S.L.U.
Fuencarral, 160
Entpta. 7
E-28010 Madrid

Tel: +34 917 728 032
Fax: +34 912 727 288

You can see a map of the area that Direct Publisher S.L.U are based in here.

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    Piera

    (31st October 2016 - 11:15)

    Hi there,
    I received this letter a week ago. I mistakenly filled in the form and returned it to them, only to receive an invoice for Eur993 over the weekend. I immediately panicked and wrote to them on their online form to say Id made the mistake, please cancel this as cannot afford it, however, this morning I had the sense to look it up on Google and found your page. I dont know who to report this to. I have not heard from the company yet but presume I will. Is there anything I can do to stop them starting their harrassment? I presume they will do so… Regards.

      ritchiehicks

      (31st October 2016 - 11:29)

      They’ll keep on hassling you. They won’t go away. It’s the way they operate. Lots more info (and other people’s comments) here: http://gloopa.co.uk/commercial-register-scam/

      Amanda Muddimer

      (24th January 2017 - 10:58)

      I have done exactly this today although I also called them up on the phone – was met with a very aggressive response who said i should put everything in writing to them _ i filed the online for and then like you decided to Google this and a possible Scam.
      I remember signing this and being conned into thinking I had to do it but had no idea of any costs – never received an email until today a Payment Notice .
      What was the outcome for you ? Should I just totally ignore it or report it – its made me feel sick and really upset me – its a lot of money they say we owe. Would value your input on where you are with this yourself . Many thanks in advance . Amanda

        ritchiehicks

        (24th January 2017 - 11:09)

        I would just ignore them. I have.

      Andy

      (13th February 2017 - 11:25)

      Surely a scam company isn’t going to call attention to themselves by taking any legal action against you?
      Let them waste the maximum amount of time and expense chasing you whilst you happily ignore them in the knowledge everything they are doing by way of harassing you is costing them more than it is you.

    Ian Jaundoo

    (24th February 2017 - 18:08)

    Hello Ritchie,

    My name is Ian and my wife Gill has recently received a second demand for payment (£993!!) for a similar Commercial Register Scam regarding an advert for her small Sandwich Shop business here in Liverpool. She signed the original letter thinking it was an English Register Company census as it looked that official. I did reply and said we would not be paying for such an innocuous, amateurish and obvious scam

    Wendy Stripp

    (21st April 2017 - 08:09)

    We have had the same problem as I signed the original document but now they have sent us a letter demanding payment within 8 days or they will send debt collectors round, has anyone else had this letter? Originally we sent a solicitors letter but have been informed by the law firm that they cannot do anything. Can anyone advise us of what to do next please.

      ritchiehicks

      (21st April 2017 - 08:42)

      No. You are the first person to receive such a letter that has contacted me; and I’ve been contacted by hundreds of people.

      They can’t send bailiffs round without first obtaining a CCJ and then a Writ of Execution, which they won’t have unless they’ve taken you to court, which I assume they haven’t.

      Sounds like complete b****ks to me…

    sheila nation

    (25th May 2017 - 08:22)

    hi i have been caught out by this company i refused to pay i have just received a second letter for payment i am not answering this letter i have just put it in a folder along with the first one i work to hard for my money to give it away so they can carry on with there threats i,m standing my ground

    Becky

    (24th June 2017 - 10:00)

    Received another today has anyone actually been taken to court or had legal proceedings actually happen against them???

      ritchiehicks

      (24th June 2017 - 10:03)

      Nope.

    Shawn R

    (28th August 2017 - 17:15)

    They are trying in Canada now as well, almost looks like it’s from the government they even call it ” Commercial Register Canada” form CR-3 and it’s from the same company in Madrid. they didn’t get me though I asked the all knowing “Google” I figured it was bogus ..

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