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How to protect yourself from company takeovers and false notifications

The Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) have services that can help you protect yourself from scams. These services are free of charge. Please also remember that the only situation where the Finnish Trade Register may contact you by phone is if there are gaps in your company’s notification.

Choose only online notifications at ytj.fi

When filing a notification in the online service at ytj.fi, you can choose that your company can file notifications online only. In this way, you can make sure that no one but authorised persons can file notifications with the Finnish Trade Register or the Finnish Tax Administration for your company in future. Read more about choosing only online notifications.

Monitor changes in your company’s details in the Finnish Trade Register

If you have filed your company’s email address with the Finnish Trade Register and the email address is working, you will automatically receive an email notification of changes. If you have not filed your company’s email address, you can conclude an agreement with the PRH. Read more about monitoring changes in your company’s Trade Register details.

Check your personal data

In the online service at suomi.fi, which is jointly provided by the Finnish authorities, you can check that your personal details entered in the Finnish Trade Register are correct. The service will show your current roles entered in the Finnish Trade Register. Read more about how you can check your own details.

You can file a prohibition of registration

If you suspect that your personal data are being misused, you can file a prohibition of registration with the PRH. We will then not register you as a person responsible for a company or an organisation at the Finnish Trade Register, the Finnish Register of Associations or the Finnish Register of Foundations without your consent. Read more about prohibition of registration.

Watch out for misleading phone calls and letters

If you receive a phone call where the caller offers you the opportunity to update your details in a “company register" for an annual fee, you should remember that the Finnish Trade Register at the PRH does not make these kinds of marketing calls. The only situation where the Finnish Trade Register may contact you by phone is if there are gaps in your company’s notification.

Trademark applicants and owners receive misleading letters and false invoices. Read more about the misleading letters received by trademark owners.

What to do if you suspect a company takeover or a scam?

If you suspect that someone has filed without permission a notification with the Finnish Trade Register in your company’s name, you should contact the Trade Register’s advisory service immediately. Read more on how to contact the Trade Register’s advisory service.

If necessary, report the offence to the police. Go to the website poliisi.fi.

Read more about fake invoices and other types of scams on the website of the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA). Go to the website at kkv.fi.

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Latest update 24.11.2020