DID I FORGET TO PAY AN INVOICE?
To the unsuspecting, the above image looks like a legitimate invoice. You probably don’t remember signing up, but it’s just one of a hundred and ten things related to technology you probably don’t think about too often. This letter is designed to trick you into parting with some money, in this case, $228.00.
WHAT EXACTLY ARE THEY SELLING?
Just what they say, a website listing service. If you pay them, they will list your business on their own website. That’s it. This has no value for any business but theirs.
If you read this letter carefully, they do clearly state that you don’t have to do this, but most everything else is geared towards convincing you into sending them a check. We saw a rash of these misleading business practices a few years ago and just got wind of one today that we wanted to share as a reminder to be on your toes. I note that the wording has changed a bit since the last time I encountered this, probably due to lawsuits. It even says that this is a solicitation, something new for this year.
I logged onto the website and while a legitimate website and business (albeit worthless,) it is unfortunate that close to 10,000 businesses have fallen for this, which comes to close to 3 million dollars – I can see why this unsavory business is still around and still hunting suckers.
A WORD OF ADVICE
Our advice to our clients regarding any solicitations regarding their domain name, website, internet marketing, social media, computers, technology support, and the like, that you are not 100% sure is legitimate is to contact us before you commit to anything so that we can make sure someone isn’t trying to scam you.
*Some older versions even say that they are Accredited by the Better Business Bureau, but they aren’t.