Corporate identity fraud occurs when a fraudster impersonates a legitimate business using a fake or stolen company identity, often for financial gain. A business may be impersonated using phishing emails, bogus websites or false invoices. Fraudsters will also change company details with the likes of Companies House.
Companies House has a three point plan to help companies protect against corporate identity fraud. This involves filing information online (WebFiling), signing up to submitting all papers online (PROOF), and subscribing to an alert system that notifies companies when changes to their details are made (Monitor).
If you’d like to read more on Corporate Identity Fraud, visit the Action Fraud website, http://actionfraud.police.uk/corporate-identity-fraud
The Fraud Advisory Panel have also produced a useful fact sheet on Corporate Identity Fraud https://www.fraudadvisorypanel.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Fraud-Facts-1B-Corporate-Identity-Fraud-Revised-Sep11.pdf