Client mainly works for commercial concerns, but has a website indicating private work is also done. He has been aware that for the last few years "X" has been passing himself off as working for client's company, as he occasionally gets calls from people who've had work done by X but who think that he works for my client's company.
He's recently had his website hacked, possibly by X, but the more I think of it there might be a completely unconnected crook involved. I've introduced client to IT person to sort that out.
This morning he received a letter from HMRC about "your recent VAT application" stating the application letter had not been signed by an authorised person. Client's company has been reg for VAT for about 3 years so this looks odd. I will attempt to discuss with HMRC but doubt I will get anywhere with finding out who sent the letter. I now think this is probably someone else trying to get a VAT regn so that he can defraud HMRC by doing a dodgy VAT refund stunt. That would be the only benefit of being VAT registered to a fraudster. Would you agree?
I've just looked at Cos House, and there is no filing apart from what I've done. I will call Cos House to see if they can advise anything in case someone attempts to change the records fraudulently.
Client has a rough idea of X's name but no other information. I suggested going to the Police, but he thinks they wouldn't be interested.
Have you seen this sort of thing before? Is there something else I or client should be thinking about?