BEWARE COMPANY REGISTRATION SCAMS
Written on the 31 May 2011
ASIC today 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 claimed to provide 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.
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.