EU VAT Registration Scam

Trading Standards officers are warning of a European scam that could cost people more than £3,000.

It centres on an official-looking letter from a German company relating to the "Publication of companies and VAT Registration Numbers in the UK Corporate Portal 2013".

The letter suggests information must be provided to the company coming with a form to complete. But the small print shows that once completed and returned, it will incur a charge of £797 a year for at least 4 years for the information to appear on a website hosted by the company.