SMEs Warned to Watch Out for Data Protection Scam

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) has warned small firms to make sure they don’t fall foul of a scam in which bogus government agencies send notices to businesses demanding they register under the Data Protection Act (DPA). According to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), more than 200 businesses a month are falling victim to fake data protection agencies masquerading as government bodies. The conmen typically send out official looking letters, containing threatening language, requesting businesses pay between £95 and £135 to register under the DPA. “If firms receive a letter out of the blue, demanding more than £35 to notify under the DPA this will be a scam,” said FPB spokesman Phil McCabe. “Our simple message is to throw the let... »