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How To Check If A Company Is Registered In Nigeria (FREE)

Last updated on November 30th, 2023 at 12:17 pm

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The only legitimate way to check if a company is registered in Nigeria is to run a check on CAC search portal, this portal is available to the public irrespective of location.

How To Check CAC Portal If a Company is Registered

  • Step 1: Head straight to CAC portal
  • Step 2: Click on the public search engine at: search.cac.gov.ng/home
  • Step 3: Search record by name by entering the name of the company
  • Step 4: Click on the search engine and verify you are not a robot
  • Step 5: The RC Number, address of the company will be displayed on the screen

It’s very important for you to first check if your prospective partner company is registered. I’m sure you want to take a step further by embarking on a manual check

The information you can find about a business on CAC database includes:

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  • the business name,
  • company’s registration number also known as RC Number,
  • address of the company.

Can a Registered Company Be a Scam?

For a company to enjoy legal backing, it must be registered by the CAC, however, it’s very important to carry out more background checks on the company before transacting with such a company to avoid being scammed.

The fact that a company is registered in Nigeria isn’t a guaranty that it can’t defraud its customers or clients.

The fact that a business isn’t registered doesn’t completely make it bogus, however, it’s the first that shows the seriousness of a company.

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A serious business would get the government’s certificate of operation in order to win the goodwill of a prospective customer.

Registering your company makes it legitimate, makes foreign and prospective customers trust you.

Example of registered companies in Nigeria that ended up defrauding their customers

For those who have been asking, Is it possible for a registered company to be a fraud?” Yes, that’s the first thing they do to “legitimize” their scam.

There are many cases of registered companies or business names that ended to be fraud:

Example 1:

This photo shows Ibsmartify  as an example of a registered business in Nigeria which also scam its users

The first one is Pinkoin owned by Inksnation. Registered under Ibsmartify, it scammed hundreds of its gullible investors in one of the biggest cryptocurrency scams in Nigeria.

One of the steps the brain behind the Pinkoin to gain the trust of Nigerians took was to register a company called Ibsmartify (BN No: 2956459) through which the owner Omotade-Sparks Amos Sewanu who has now been declared wanted by Nigeria’s anti-graft agency perpetrated his scam.

The fact that his business is registered doesn’t stop him from carrying out his dubious act.

Findings show that the address (23 Yetunde Abu Street) Ibsmartify (owners of Inksnation’s pinkoin)submitted at CAC was fake as he doesn’t operate from the address that appears on the CAC database.

Example 2:

this photo shows Imagine Global Holding Company Limited as an example of registered company in Nigeria that ended in scam

Another one is the case of a couple of Bamise and Elizabeth Ajetunmobi, the owners of Imagine Global Holding Company Limited and Imagine Global Solutions Limited.

Through the two companies, the Ajetunmobis defrauded investors and disappeared from Nigeria to buy investment citizenship at Antigua and Barbuda

According to Gazettengr, the fraud is worth NGN22 billion, they used their companies: 1) Imagine Global Holding Company Limited, 2) Imagine Global Solutions Limited were registered with CAC.

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Conclusion:

Checking the authenticity of a company on the CAC portal will not show you the name of the owners or stakeholders, it’s only the first step to be sure that Nigeria’s government is aware of the existence of such a company.

The fact that a company is legally registered with a government agency doesn’t totally make it scam-free, it could do so to win the trust of unsuspecting individuals.

The good news is you can dig into some of the business transactions of such a company before committing anything.

Now that you’ve got the company’s name, and the company’s registration number on CAC portal next is to delegate someone to check if the address the company claims is real or not.

The process of checking if a company is registered in Nigeria is FREE and faster than going to the CAC office. From the comfort of your home, you can check if a company is registered in Nigeria or not. However, you must take further steps to avoid being scammed. CAC information isn’t enough.

Author

  • Opeyemi Quadri

    Ope is a finance writer and researcher with 10+ years of experience in content creation. His interests cut across decentralized finance, investment, foreign exchange, government policies and politics.

3 thoughts on “How To Check If A Company Is Registered In Nigeria (FREE)”

  1. Am not really sure on this online registration because a friend of mine did on this cac up till now he didn’t get it

  2. If a company with an intention of scarming/Defrauding can be registered, then we Nigerians are not safe and no need for CAC.
    As we are moving to a more technological age there should also be an upgrade in what so ever we do as well. Why wouldn’t there be a serious background check on a intented register company?.

    1. Hey Eru,

      You’re correct. For instance, the owner of pinkoin registered his fake company called “iBSmartify”. But we’ve also highlighted some of the red flags to pay attention to before doing business with any company.

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