World Business Directory: don’t sign the form

Don’t sign the World Business Directory form unless you want to lose £2940

This nasty piece of work arrived in my inbox today.

It appears to offer you the chance to ‘update’ your data for free on a business directory.

However, the small print says quite clearly:

THE SIGNING OF THIS DOCUMENT REPRESENTS THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE FOLLOWING……THE VALIDATION TIME OF THE CONTRACT IS THREE YEARS….I HEREBY ORDER A SUBSCRIPTION….THE PRICE PER YEAR IS GBP 980.

You might want to ask yourself – what possible benefit could this company give you that’s worth £2940?  A quick Google on the company name ‘EU Business Services Ltd’ leads to this informative site.

Still, these people would say, you were warned. And they would be right. After all, it does say ‘only sign if you want to place an insertion’. Mind you, it also says “please fill in the form completely” in bold in an attempt to get you to sign.

Those who know me know how much I dislike online directories at the best of times. With a bit of luck this post will zip to the top of Google for anyone wondering about this so-called directory – and maybe stop one or two people falling for this cynical piece of work.

Comments

  1. H Atan says:

    DearCaine,
    I fell into this trick a few months ago. When was initially appeared like a very innocent NGO/CSR reach out programme turned to be very nasty. I received an letter from their lawyer asking for the payment GBD1003. We are just a house-based company in the third world. There is no way that we can come up with that kind of money.
    Do you think it is ok for us to just ignore the lawyers’s letter. What worse could it possibbly happen to us?

  2. Sam Deeks says:

    Hi, like everyone else reporting on this scam, I can’t give legal advice.

    Look carefully at the site I’ve linked to in the post. You’ll see that so far, it appears that these people have never tried to take any one to court.

    They rely on bullying – fear – to get money.

    What’s the worst that could happen? The very worst is you might go to court where I suspect that a judge would consider you (and thousands of others) to have been ripped off.

    Hope you don’t get bullied into paying anything, best of luck.

  3. tim says:

    Simple dont reply, its a worthles directory & a scam to get a significant amount of cash out of you. You can submit your business to either google business listings or if you have a website http://www.dmoz.org. Do not give your money/time to these scammers

  4. Matilde says:

    Do it like in Mexico: simply don’t pay and let them loose their money in lawyers. They will spend more money than you in trying to scam you. Don’t be afraid of “legal letters”, they can’t do anything out of their jurisdiction.

  5. tim says:

    Simple dont reply, its a worthles directory & a scam to get a significant amount of cash out of you. You can submit your business to either google business listings or if you have a website http://www.dmoz.org. Do not give your money/time to these scammers

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