A NATIONWIDE alert over an alleged Liverpool-based business scam was issued by the Health and Safety Executive last night.
The Government agency made the warning following complaints about the organisation, which uses a similar name, from businesses around the country.
Investigators acted after the firm, which calls itself the Health and Safety Enforcement Agency, wrote to businesses across Britain asking for £125 to ensure they compled with apparent health and safety law.
Companies targeted were told they must register for a health and safety compliance pack, adding that they should send cheques to a place called Summerseat House, in north Liverpool.
However, registration with the legitimate Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is free while the organisation's starter packs only cost £30.
HSE spokesman Paul Clements said last night: "We have received over 1,000 letters from members of the public concerning this health and safety scam. We are working with police and trading standards officers to try and find the perpetrators."
The HSE, which is based in Bootle, also issued warnings about two similar firms in the