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Publishing false information

What is publishing false information?

Publishing false information is a type of fraud committed when a criminal creates, destroys, conceals, or falsifies an account, record or report which is deliberately misleading on the company's financial position.

This is usually done to mislead investors and creditors and to keep a failing company trading.


Where can I get more information?

Primary organisations for regulating published information:

The Financial Services Authority (FSA)

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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)

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If you suspect that an organisation has deliberately published misleading and deceptive information, and the seriousness and complexity meets our acceptance criteria, then you can also report it in confidence using our secure online reporting form. You can also send details to us in writing at: SFO Confidential, Serious Fraud Office, 2-4 Cockspur Street, London, SW1Y 5BS.