Last June I reported that several retailers had received ‘official’ notices from Hamburg digital publisher TVV Tele Verzeichnis Verlag Gmbh, telling them they needed to register their VAT numbers.

Written in masterful officialese with references to the ‘EU economic package’ and the ‘UK Corporate Portal’ the letter mentions, in the fine print, that if you sign up you will be billed £797 for three years in a row.

Latest to receive this load of old cobblers was Jayesh Patel (Classic News, Northampton). He didn’t fall for it and he did the next best thing to binning the rubbish. He sent it to me so that I could warn you.