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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

If you choose that your company can file notifications online only, you make sure that no one but authorised persons can file notifications 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. 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. Read more about how you can check your own details.

You can file a prohibition of registration

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 without your consent. Read more about prohibition of registration.

Watch out for misleading phone calls and letters

The only situation where the Finnish Trade Register at the PRH may contact you by phone is if there are gaps in your company’s notification. Phone calls where the caller offers you the opportunity to update your details in a “company register" for an annual fee are not from the PRH.

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.

Have you been subjected to a data breach or data leak?

Finnish authorities have compiled instructions for your situation in a guide at suomi.fi. Via the guide, you can file the necessary blocks with the Digital and Population Data Services Agency. Go to the guide at suomi.fi.

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Latest update 22.10.2021