Fake auto-entrepreneur registration website

By Valérie Aston on 21 December 2009 · Viewed 5407 times · Questions

I have already mentioned a few scams for auto-entrepreneurs, including fake invoices for business directories. I have for instance received another promotional offer from Telecom 118 designed like a formal invoice for 296 euros (nice to see that the price has also increased by 30 euros since last time!).

The latest scam is from a fake auto-entrepreneur registration web site called declaration-auto-entrepreneur.com. This site originally offered auto-entrepreneurs registrations for 49 euros. After being mentioned on a few websites, the offer has changed to state 79 euros for registration and advice. As a reminder, the only official website is www.lautoentrepreneur.fr and the registration is free. If you look at the registration form on the fake site, you will see that there is quite a bit of information missing (including ayants droit, income taxe, accre) which would generate issues with your registration.

Strangely enough the name and location of the owner was updated from Belize to France, just after Gautier Girard mentioned the scam on his blog. Since his article, Gautier has received legal threats, but has also received the backing of the Union de Auto Entrepreneurs.

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About the author: Valérie Aston

I've been helping people who want to start or already have a small business set up in France since 2009. After graduating from a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, I worked as a senior marketing consultant in the UK and France for various International companies. I worked as a conseillère en création d'entreprises (senior business advisor) for BGE here in France and run this independent business on a daily basis.