News comes from the Federation of Small Businesses of fraudsters claiming to regulate Health and Safety legislation. A swathe of official-looking letters have gone out to small businesses demanding registration payments of up to £249. The conmen are using the titles Health and Safety Enforcement Agency, Health and Safety Registration Enforcement Division and Health and Safety Compliance Agency. They have threatened thousands of unsuspecting businesses with fines and imprisonment for non-payment. The advice is, don’t answer the letters and report them to your local HSE office or ring its info-line on 08701 545500.

I presume the guys behind these scams ran out of mileage on Data Protection, business rates consultancies, Eurogrants and the like.