Rhodri Williams (Nottinghamshire County Council, Trading Standards Officer, Notts) writes: Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards Service are asking businesses to be on their guard about a letter entitled “Missing information about your VAT registration number.”
The letter says that the sender is looking to update VAT registration numbers.
The first page of the letter gives the impression that this is a free service, but the small print states that by returning the attached the form you are signing up to a £790 p/a advertising contract on a “UK-Data Control portal.”
We are concerned that local businesses may consider the letter to be an official communication and will sign and return the form leading to demands for payment.
We have checked the UK-Data Control portal website and have noted that several Nottinghamshire businesses are already listed on it.
We would like to assure Nottinghamshire businesses that the sender is not associated with HMRC or the County Council, and that you have no obligation to provide any information to this company.
If you have received one of these letters and received an invoice please report the matter to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk. We also suggest you seek legal advice before making any payment.
Source: Broxtowe Community email.