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One of our clients has sent this in:

I had an email to my company email address this morning purporting to be from Companies House, with the header FW: Case 9848815

There is a .zip file attached, which is obviously some kind of maIware/virus.

The body of the message reads as follows:

“This message has been generated in response to the company complaint submitted to Companies House WebFiling service.

(CC01) Company Complaint for the above company was accepted on 09/12/2013.

The submission number is 9848815 – <company domain name>

Please quote this number in any communications with Companies House.

All WebFiled documents are available to view / download for 10 days after their original submission. However it is not possible to view copies of accounts that were downloaded as templates.

Not yet filing your accounts online? See how easy it is…

Note: reference to company may also include Limited Liability Partnership(s).

Thank you for using the Companies House WebFiling service.

Service Desk tel +44 (0)303 4156 188 or email enquiries@companieshouse.gov.uk

Note: This email was sent from a notification-only email address which cannot accept incoming email. Please do not reply directly to this message.”

A basic search yielded several references to this scam from about September of this year, but it’s the first time I’ve received one.

A reminder then to be ever vigilant when dealing with email from Companies House, HMRC, etc.