In the recent years increasing levels of fraudulent filing of information is reported by Companies House. Often the fraud starts with changing the company’s registered office by submitting the appropriate form to Companies House. After the change of address has been accepted, the fraudsters can change directors or file false accounts. All this happens without the company having a clue that they have been hijacked. The fraudsters can then buy goods or obtain credit based on this false information.
To avoid this Companies House is keen that companies file their information online. This can be a very secure method, particularly if the company signs up for the enhanced security arrangements offered by their PROOF (protected online filing) system. This system prevents the paper filing of certain forms, making it very difficult for the fraudsters to hijack your company.