No wonder people get away with the business directory scams with a reporting system as bad as this
Each time I find a new ‘fraud helpline’ I’m disgusted to find there’s never any mention of any of the business directory scams that has cost these people so much in time and money.
What is it about our Government and police that makes them incapable of taking a stand against a crime that many of us online have been reporting for years – and which is still going strong? These people are still bullying hard cash out of people all over the world – cash happily banked by upstanding establishments like Barclays.
This evening, I found ‘Action Fraud‘ which calls itself the ‘UK’s national fraud reporting centre’. Now, I treat ALL such sites as inherently suspicious. Why? Because there are plenty of scamming sites out there pretending to help – but just waiting to rip you off again with premium rate ‘help lines’. Given that environement, Action Fraud doesn’t exactly reassure me on first impression.
I first had to Google ’0300′ call rates to make sure this site wasn’t also a scam. How many of you reading this know that ’0300′ isn’t some kind of premium rate? Action Fraud could make this clear – it would go some way to reassuring people. Then I tried to report the Expo Guide business directory scam using the online ‘Report a fraud’ tool.
I have to say, it was a complete waste of time. By the second click, I got a ‘call the police now message’. So I went back and avoided the answer that prompted that, in the hope of being able to report Expo Guide and the fact that I get people every day posting on this site about being ripped off.
Sorry to have to say this, Action Fraud, but it was a pointless exercise. You should try reporting Expo Guide, World Business Directory, European City Guide or any one of the numerous versions of this scam yourself using the ‘tool’. Then you’ll see why those scammers are laughing their heads off, out there in sunny Cyprus (or wherever).
I guess that leaves the ’0300′ number. I’ll let you know what I find out.