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Police confirm Data Register under probe

Authorities confirmed on Wednesday that investigations into a company called Data Register started in January this year.

SINGAPORE: Authorities confirmed on Wednesday that investigations into a company called Data Register started in January this year.

In a statement, the police said the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) has also seized the monies from the company's bank account.

It added that the courts will decide how the seized monies are to be dealt with, after the conclusion of CAD's investigation.

Data Register has been in the news since December 2013 when it emerged that the company was sending letters to other companies, asking them to verify their details.

The letters were designed to look like official letters sent by the authorities.

Once verified, companies which registered with Data Register have to pay an annual subscription fee of S$490.

This prompted the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) to issue an alert, saying it has no links whatsoever to Data Register, and that it is investigating the matter.

More recently, blogger Grace Tan wrote about receiving a similar letter from the company.

In an ironic twist of events, she said she then received a letter from law firm Rodyk & Davidson demanding the removal of the blog post and a request for a public apology.

The lawyer's letter stated that Tan's statements in her blog were defamatory as she suggested that Data Register "is a fake entity and threatens recipients of its letters".

Police said investigations into the company are ongoing.

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