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Beware company registration scams

by Martha.Ware 1. June 2011 11:21

ASIC has warned consumers about a company registration scam being conducted via a website www.asicregistrar.com.

ASIC is aware of at least 20 persons who were directed to www.asicregistrar.com which promoted itself as being a registered agent of ASIC with the ability to register Australian companies within minutes.

For a fee of $450 the website would provide the interested persons with a range of fictitious documentation including certificates of registration as a company, minutes of meetings, share certificates, a register of members and consents to act as a director.

In all instances ASIC company searches show that the requested companies were never actually registered. The origins of the scam were that individuals were initially contacted via email by a person purporting to be a recruitment agent who was making unsolicited job offers for either a role as a remote testing agent of soon to be released products or a luxury accommodation booking agent.

The recipients of the job offers were informed that in order to commence employment they would need to register a corporation and obtain an Australian Company Number (ACN). To do this they were then directed to www.asicregistrar.com website.

www.asicregistrar.com, which has since been taken down, was a replica of a legitimate ASIC agent’s website. A similar scam site www.aucorporator.com also operated but has also been removed.

ASIC is presently working with the victims of this scam to have their $450 returned.

Further information

If you have been a victim of this scam or a similar scam please contact ASIC's Misconduct and Breach Reporting team on 1300 300 630.

Complaints may also be mailed to the following address:

ASIC Complaints
Australian Securities and Investments Commission
GPO Box 9827
Your Capital City

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