|Your phone may be ringing, and those dreadful UK Business Directory scoundrels will be on the line. They tend to autodial companies in certain cities or in certain business sectors, so you may be next on the list.
Indeed, these may be threatening phone calls, saying they have a County Court Judgement (CCJ) against you, and that they are sending in the bailiffs.
These companies pop up under various names over the years: World Business Directory, EU Business Directory…
These are scams. They are deliberately misleading and there is no need for your business to pay to be in any of these directories.
Do not pay for their services. Do not agree anything over the phone, get everything in writing. Do not believe their threats over the phone. And even if it looks genuine, be sure to investigate their background.
The Office of Fair Trading website has a section on business directory scams
The scammers will typically insist on being paid over the phone, with an offer that expires in the next very few minutes. They are highly aggressive telephone canvassers, and my advice would be to simply hang up the phone. Better yet, say you need to put them on hold for a few minutes… and then just leave them there.
The sales people will usually claim:
- that the entry is now due for renewal (even if you have never paid before)
- that you have paid for the service before
- that you have already agreed to purchase the directory entry
- that they have spoken to one of your colleagues already
- that it is a “free” listing, but the sting in the tail is the paid listing in the print version.
They may also claim that you are currently owing thousands of pounds arising from renewals from an agreement you made years ago.