The Association of Nanny Agencies (ANA) have had notification from the FSB that there is a business directory scam going on at present, targeting small businesses through “sales” of advertising.
I thought I would forward it on to you – if you in turn know other small business owners, please do pass this warning on.
The pitch you could receive is in paper form via the post, email or fax, offering a Free listing, or asking if you wish to continue being included in a hard copy of an online business directory. You may be asked to check the details about your business, or be informed that an employee of yours has requested the form, and you will be asked to return the form even if you don’t want to place an order.
The con: the small print will state that by signing the form you are committing to an order. If you sign and return the form, you are agreeing to pay for ongoing entries in the directory, costing hundreds of pounds per year. The publisher may try to enforce this debt by sending threatening debt collection letters.
2nd scam that some companies are trying at present – they ‘claim ‘ to have sent an email that says if you do not reply within 7 days you do want to go ahead with the order, and therefore you will be sent a bill. DON’T be fooled, as this is not legal. ANA has checked with its legal team.
Please be careful…