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Your identity is one of your most valuable assets.With increasing digitalisation of financial services, ID theft has become a common problem and a serious threat. Information leaked through data breaches, phishing emails, and even documents thrown away and then discovered by individuals rifling through bins can all lead to the collation of enough data on a person to steal their identity.
Names, addresses – both physical and electronic – dates of birth, gender, telephone numbers, and more can all be used to impersonate victims.Fraudsters use this to open bank accounts, take out credit cards and apply for state benefits in your name.
This type of crime can have lasting implications for you and your business. For example a loan can be taken out fraudulently in your name, for instance, this could damage your credit rating and jeopardise your ability to get loans, credit cards or a mortgage.
Criminals are still able to “hijack” a business by changing information about its directors and registered office.
Using your stolen data, fraudsters can
Part of the problem is the availability of personally identifiable information (PII) on Companies House.
Companies House (CH) deals with up to 100 cases of corporate identity theft every month.
The UK government has made changes in recent years in response to increasing cybercrimes.
The Companies House now allows you to protect your identity, maintain privacy,follow activities and restrict certain actions.
There are a few actions that you can take to protect yourself from falling victim to potential frauds
The email will contain a link to the filing history of the company where you’ll be able to download a copy of the document for free.
Company director, accountant or auditor can conveniently keep track of changes in company activity. Instant alert will allow you to address any problems quickly.
You can remove your home address and instead provide a correspondence address.CH charges £32 for each document. The client has to identity each document.
DNS provides personal correspondence address service (same as registered address for companies) for directors where DNS address will be visible to publicand will be used for correspondence.
You can only do this if you’re at risk of violence or intimidation because of your company’s work. You need to provide proof such as:
A police incident number if you’ve been attacked
Documentary evidence of a threat or attack, such as photos or recordings
Evidence of possible disruption or targeting, such as by animal rights or other activists
Evidence that you work for an organisation whose activities put you at risk, such as the Secret Intelligence Service
Fraudsters are known to hijack a company by changing the details of the company’s directors and registered office. This leaves the company vulnerable to further fraud. Companies House will reject any paper versions of the forms and send them back to the registered office address.
DNS can help you in making your identity secure and safeguarding your business against potential fraud threats.
Under this scheme we will
Please contact your account manager to know more.
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