Directory scam: EU Business Register 2013/2014


MX Lab, http://www.mxlab.eu, reported in the past regarding a business directory scams (Directory scam: Business Registration 2012, Directory scam: Euro Trade Register Update 2012, Directory scam: registration for the World Trade Register’s 2012/2013, Directory scam: Registration of the World Company Register 2011/2012) that offers a free update of the company details in the directory. However, the document is constructed in such a way that companies/people are signing the document and thereby undersign a a three-year contract with a yearly renewal price. The practice can be described as at least deceitful and continues to make new victims.

MX Lab intercepted a variant of this directory scam coming from the email address “EU Business Register <register@ebrbusinessreg.eu>”, the subject “EU Business Register 2013/2014″ and the following short body:

Dear Madam/Sir,

In order to have your company inserted in the EU Business Register for 2013/2014, please print, complete and submit the attached form (PDF file) to the following address:

EU BUSINESS REGISTER
P.O.BOX 3079
3502 GB UTRECHT
THE NETHERLANDS

Fax: +31 205 248 107

Updating is free of charge.

Attached to the email is the file EBR.pdf. I think that everyone will agree that when filling in a form such as this, we all sign the document. Note that, according to this company, you only need to fill in your details and send the form to get an update of your details (1).

To update your company profile, please print, complete and return this form. (Updating is free of charge). Only sign if you want to place an insertion.

Be aware that by signing this document your request becomes an insertion and you are entitled to pay the sum of € 995 for 3 years! The small letters all the way down (2):

THE INSERTION IS GRANTED AFTER SIGNING AND RECEIVING THIS DOCUMENT BY THE SERVICE PROVIDER. I HEREBY ORDER A SUBSCRIPTION WITH THE SERVICE PROVIDER EU BUSINESS SERVICES LTD. “EU BUSINESS REGISTER”. I WILL HAVE AN INSERTION INTO ITS DATABASE FOR THREE YEARS. THE PRICE PER YEAR IS EURO 995.

The domain name ebrbusinessreg.eu, that is being used in the from email address, has been registered since 13 March 2014 to a person in Romania.

When visiting this domain in a browser we have the web site of the World Trade Register.

When you click on one of the categories on this site or perform a search, you are redirected to the site http://www.worldtraderegister.net/. So the above site is not really operational and is just a click through.

Our recommendation is: do not sign the document or even better, do not do any business with this company.

Follow these guidelines if  you are a victim of this directory scam:

  • Do not pay, even if they imply to take your case to court.
  • If you have paid a certain amount, stop the next payments. Expect that you won’t get a refund either.
  • Send them a letter informing them you have been misled and telling them to cancel the contract.
  • If possible, report to (local) authorities.

Additional information:

Info at Spamhaus

Directory scam: Business Registration 2012


MX Lab, http://www.mxlab.eu, has intercepted emails from the World Trade Register, a business directory. Be aware, this is the same scam as the European Trade Register, World Trade Register, World Company Register or the World Business Directory (perhaps we have a few more), all related to EU Business Services Ltd.

The email came from “World Trade Register <register@wtrlisting.eu>” with the subject “Business Registration 2012″ and the following body:

Dear Madam/Sir,

In order to have your company inserted in the World Trade Register’s 2012/2013 edition, please print, complete and return the enclosed form to the following address:

World Trade Register
P.O. Box 3079
3502 GB Utrecht
The Netherlands

email: register@wtrlisting.eu
Fax: +31 205 248 107
Business Registration 2012/2013

Updating is free of charge!

To unsubscribe, please send an email to remove@wtrlisting.eu

Again, the attached PDF allows you to update your listing in this directory but be aware that by signing this document you are entitled to pay the sum of € 995 for 3 years! The small letters all the way down:

THE INSERTION IS GRANTED AFTER SIGNING AND RECEIVING THIS DOCUMENT BY THE SERVICE PROVIDER. I HEREBY ORDER A SUBSCRIPTION WITH SERVICE PROVIDER EU BUSINESS SERVICES LTD “WORLD TRADE
REGISTER” I WILL HAVE AN INSERTION INTO ITS DATABASE FOR THREE YEARS. THE PRICE PER YEAR IS EURO 995.

At the top left (just under Data Control) you will find the text – quite important if you ask me but also very confusing:

To update your company profile, please print, complete and return this form. Updating is free of charge. Only sign if you want to place an insertion.

Also, in our blog comments, a lot of people who have signed the document, ignore all payment requests from this company because the way they handle subscriptions and insertions is misleading.

Furthermore, the web site of the World Trade Register can now be found on wtrlisting.eu – yes, a brand new domain name again – registered according to a WHOIS on the 9th July 2012.

Our recommendation is: don’t sign the document and even better, don’t do any business with this company.

Directory scam: Euro Trade Register Update 2012


MX Lab, http://www.mxlab.eu, has intercepted emails from the European Trade Register, a business directory. Be aware, this is the same scam as the World Trade Register, World Company Register or the World Business Directory (perhaps we have a few more), all related to EU Business Services Ltd.

I must admit, they are persistent, the guys at EU Business Services Ltd. After so many years they are ‘still in business’ even if the trick they use is misleading and you can find a lot of stories on the internet.

The email came from “Sophie Grand <email2@ertserver4.net>” with the subject “Euro Trade Register Update 2012″ and the following body:

Ladies and Gentlemen.

In order to have your company inserted in the registry of World Businesses
for 2012/2013 edition, please print, complete and submit the attached
form (PDF file) to the following address:

European Trade Register
P.O. BOX 3079
3502 GB, UTRECHT
THE NETHERLANDS

email: register@etr-now.com
fax: +31 (20) 524-8107

Updating is free of charge!

If you are not the intended recipient, please submit an email to
unsubscribe@etr-now.com
Your request shall be dealt with accordingly.

Message ID: Lnnqo

The domain etr-now.com resolves to hxxp://www.europeantraderegister.net/.

Attached to the email there is a PDF.

At the top right you have the following note:

To update your company profile, please print, complete and return this form. Updating is free of charge. Only sign if you want to place an insertion.

Notice the text “Updating is free of charge” and “Only sign if you want to place an insertion.” Here is where the trouble and misleading starts. You can update for free but if you sign you agree to have an insertion.

Keep reading further dow, where the small letters are.

The second item you need to read is the following part of the text regarding the order:

I HEREBY ORDER A SUBSCRIPTION WITH SERVICE PROVIDER
EU BUSINESS SERVICES LTD “EUROPEAN TRADE REGISTER”. I WILL HAVE AN INSERTION INTO ITS DATABASE FOR THREE YEARS. THE PRICE PER YEAR IS EURO 990. THE SUBSCRIPTION WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY EXTENDED EVERY YEAR FOR ANOTHER YEAR,
UNLESS SPECIFIC WRITTEN NOTICE IS RECEIVED BY THE SERVICE PROVIDER OR THE SUBSCRIBER TWO MONTHS BEFORE THE EXPIRATION OF THE SUBSCRIPTION.

This is  what they mean with “insertion”. You will pay € 990 per year for this directory during 3 years!

So, before you sign, read the small letters.

Many people, also based on the blog comments, simply see the “Updating is free of charge” and they fill the details and sign the document while not be aware that they sign for an insertion.

Also, in our blog comments, a lot of people who have signed the document, ignore all payment requests from this company.

Our recommendation is: don’t sign the document and even better, don’t do any business with this company.

World Business Guide is using misleading marketing trick


Today, MX Lab received an email regarding the “World BusinessGuide” directory. At first there seems nothing wrong with the mailing but when looking further there are some points that need your attention.

The messages is from “World Business Register” with different email addresses in use:

info@easyhomecorporation.com
info@easycitycorporation.com
info@bigorganization4you.com
www@companyregpro.net
www@companyregstore.net
www@easycompregonline.com
www@bestcompregpro.com

The subject is “Business Registration 2009/2010″. The body of the email:

Ladies and Gentlemen.

In order to have your company inserted in the registry of World Businesses
for 2009/2010 edition, please print, complete and submit the enclosed
form (PDF file) to the following address:

WORLD BUSINESS GUIDE
P.O. Box 2021
3500 GA Utrecht
The Netherlands

email: register@wbgtoday.net
FAX: +31 20 524 8107

Updating is free of charge!

If you are not the intended recipient, please submit an email to
unsubscribe@wbgtoday.net
Your request shall be dealt with accordingly.

Attached is a PDF document that needs to be printed, filled in and sent to an PO Box address in The Netherlands.

When reading the PDF document carefully you can find the following:

I WILL HAVE AN INSERTION INTO ITS DATA BASE FOR THREE YEARS. THE PRICE PER YEAR IS EURO 995.

While the email itself states “Updating is free of charge!” you will have to pay € 995 each year with a minimum 3 year period by signing the document. This is quite misleading if you ask me.

A few more observations that should warn you about a possible scam:

  • the email is sent from easyhomecorporation.com while there is no web site on this place so the registration of this domain is purely for spoofine the real origin.
  • and more important, the document needs to be sent to a PO Box in The Netherlands while the company is International Directories Group Ltd  located in Spain according to the document.

In the past we have received similar letters by regular post here in Belgium and some organisations like Unizo have instructions (in Dutch) on how to report the illegal and deceptive practices to the authorities.

If you have received such a email, or regular mail, don’t sign the document, sent it to the trash or report to your local authorities.

[Update March, 9th 2010] MX Lab received a new registration PDF from the World Business Directory. Read the article.

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