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Old 05 September 2008, 09:09   #1
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ID fraud companies house

Any company directors out there beware.

I have just been contacted by Natwest to say that someone has tried to get a credit card in my name - apparently I have just moved to Essex!!!

For a measly 2 you can get all the data you need from companies house on any director.

My address will now be flagged by CIFAS so no doubt I will have some fun and games when I try to apply for something......

I have also discovered that any idiot can change the registered address of any company just by filling in a form. Then they can pretend to be that company and get credit etc and run up big bills. Apparently there is nothing Companies House can do(yeah right) so you have to keep checking every month yourself on their website!!!

All this proves that the bloody government are making it EASIER for these people to commit fraud by collecting too much data on people.

Oh and on the subject of warnings make sure you check the cashpoint EVERY time you use it. Skimming machines are getting even more common - several hit in our area. I grab the front of the cashpoint around the card slot and try to pull it off ever time I use it now!!!

Remember how chip and pin would make things harder???

Here is just one example - pretty hard to spot - dodgy one at the bottom!!!
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My dad thoroughly inspects the machine before using it, and while looking like a t*at doing it , looks a lot less silly than identity theft.....
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Hey, how do we know this is the REAL Codprawn posting?

It could be an ID thief stealing his credibility!

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I can fully authenticate this Codprawn post, and thanks CP when I'm at it, I knew about the Companies house stuff, I still think its crazy that a director 'must' be compelled to state their home address, when any other business controller ie self employed doesent, since the privelige of Limited Liability is now a complete nonsence, what with corporate liability, trying to borrow money and giving personal guarantees etc, and its good to see a skmmiing cash point too
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I still think its crazy that a director 'must' be compelled to state their home address

Norfolk county council used to make all mobile catering businesses (burger vans, ice-cream trailers) put the owners home address on the front. They had to stop doing it in the end because people's home kept getting burgled - chavs would see chap flipping burgers, note his address, go round there and rob it knowing the owner wouldn't come back for a while!
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To add to this, any internet business should also have their business address displayed.
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I still think its crazy that a director 'must' be compelled to state their home address
Not under the new Companies Act they don't.
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No but legally they do have do put their company details on a plaque on the front of the building. Who actually does that!
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Not under the new Companies Act they don't.
So are you saying you dont have to disclose these details ?, since, as far as I was led to believe the only people that can get around this, get special permission from the government, and it usually (but rarely) is granted to Directors of say.. defence companies, or animal research companies, those most likely to become targets of protestors of some kind, or otherwise malicious intent.
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So are you saying you dont have to disclose these details ?, since, as far as I was led to believe the only people that can get around this, get special permission from the government, and it usually (but rarely) is granted to Directors of say.. defence companies, or animal research companies, those most likely to become targets of protestors of some kind, or otherwise malicious intent.
Bigmuz - if I understand correctly then from October 2009 everyone will be able to list a publicly available address. You will also be required to provide your home address but that will be only available to com. house (of course they will no doubt lose the CD with the information on it anyway!).
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