Rose Logan from North East Boilers has sent a copy of a scam letter she has received in the post this morning.
The letter comes from a company called UK – Data Control and asks businesses to provide their VAT number which is missing from their records before 30 December. The official looking letter also gives the recipient the opportunity to update and amend their business details by completing the form and returning it.
The letter is a scam, the small print on the back of the letter says
Order: We hereby place an order with the publishing house, according to the terms and conditions stated overleaf, to publish the above information in a graphically highlighted form in the UK-Data Control portal. The Portal contains international companies, institutions, self-employed and authorities and appears on www.data-control.net. The advertisement costs amount to 790 GBP per year, are subject to adjustments in accordance with section six of the general terms and conditions and are payable in advance upon receipt of the invoice. The order is valid for the next three years from the date of order, and is subsequently extended each time by another year, unless written notice to terminate has been given three months prior to the end of the term of contract. DAD Gmbh reserves the right to specify the layout of the advertisment. The data will be stored electronically. German law is applicable. Exclusive place of jurisdiction and performance is Hamburg-Mittie, the registered place of business of the publisher. Please note that before the order placement no business relationship has existed between us. The data will be stored electronically.
If you complete and return this form you will be entering in to a contract for ‘advertising’ that will cost your business at least £2300.
If you receive a copy of this letter you are not obliged to provide any information. Inclusion on the UK-Data Control portal is unlikely to have any benefit to businesses at all.
The letters seem to be sent out in batches to different areas, so it is likely that other businesses in and around Turriff will receive copies of this scam over the next few days.
Aberdeenshire Council Trading Standards say that letters such as this should be reported to Action Fraud, which is run by the National Fraud Authority – the government agency that co-ordinates the fight against fraud in the UK. You can report scams and fraud by using the Action Fraud website reporting tool http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by calling 0300 123 2040.
Police Scotland have fraud advice for businesses on their website http://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/246633/246663/ It is important to