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Business Directory Fraud

Business directory fraud is when a business receives a form in the post, by email or fax, appearing to offer a free listing in a business directory.

The business directory could be advertised as a hard copy or online business directory.

The business is asked to return the order form even if they do not want to place an order, but the small print states that by returning the form, they are committing to an order and will pay for ongoing entries in the directory, costing substantial sums of money.

The bogus publisher may try to enforce the debt by sending threatening ‘debt collection’ letters.


If you think you have been a victim of fraud: 

Report it to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud reporting centre by calling 0300 123 20 40 or by visitng www.actionfraud.police.uk

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Business Fraud
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