Why do scams like World Business Guide and Expo-Guide get away with their fraudulent behaviour?
Because not a single one of the UK’s major, publicly-funded agencies have any idea they exist.
This fraud (and variants of it) have been known about for years. The best (and disgraceful to report – ONLY) resource online about this nasty form of scam is Jules Woodell’s ‘StopECG‘ site. Despite repeated personal attacks, JW has continued to wage war on these people single-handed.
If you’ve been scammed by these people (who use forms designed to trick you into signing a contract for services you think are free but in fact cost around £1000 a year for three years) then you ought to be disgusted that no-one in authority has any idea about it.
The fact that it’s down to people like Jules Woodell and, to a much lesser extent me, to try to stop people being defrauded is a national disgrace. What’s even more worrying is how unaware government, police and legislators in this country are in respect of these matters. And while that is the case, expect to be ripped off at pretty much every turn.
As an amusing yet depressing footnote to this post, my quick search for official online fraud advice turned up this nasty piece of work (below) masquerading as helpful advice. Exploitation at £1.50 a minute or more.