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20 February 2014
Companies House
 
It has come to our attention that there are instances of emails claiming to come from Companies House with a zip file attached being received by clients.  You should ignore this email and not click on the link otherwise a virus will be installed on your computer.
 
The following advice is taken from the Companies House Website:
 
Security Advice - Unsolicited / phishing emails
 
Be suspicious of unsolicited emails, even if they look like they're from a trusted source.
 
Companies House will never ask you to disclose personal or payment information by email. If you have any doubt that an email you receive from Companies House is genuine, please do not follow any links, open any attachments, disclose any personal details or respond to it.
 
Please forward it to Companies House at phishing@companieshouse.gov.uk then delete it.
 
Companies House is unable to investigate paper copies of suspicious emails/websites. In order for us to take any action, you will need to forward the original suspicious email to phishing@companieshouse.gov.uk.
 
Companies House will review all emails received but will not respond to them individually. You may receive an automatic email response from Companies House saying that your email has been stopped and held in quarantine. Please ignore this message.
 
An example of a phishing email can be seen here:
 
 
HMRC
 
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) will never send notifications of a tax rebate by email, or ask you to disclose personal or payment information by email.
 
To be completely safe from phishers, do not select links in emails. If in doubt, close your browser, reopen it, and type the web address for the site you want to visit directly into the address bar.