Directory scam: Registration of the World Company Register 2011/2012


MX Lab, http://www.mxlab.eu, detected a new directory scam with the subject “World Company Register 2011/2012” from the company EU Business Services Ltd under the name “Europe Business Guide”.

In the past, MX Lab already warned about some directory scams and the malicious marketing techniques these companies handle.

MX Lab wants to point out a few things before you sign their contract with the Europe Business Guide.

The email we intercepted comes from Laura Allan <info@serv2ebg.com> and when we visit the site http://www.serv2ebg.com/ we get an online website directory to see.

The message has the subject “World Company Register 2011/2012” and the following email body:

Ladies and Gentlemen.

In order to have your company inserted in the registry of World Businesses
for 2011/2012 edition, please print, complete and submit the enclosed
form (PDF file) to the following address:

Europe Business Guide
P.O. BOX 2021
3500 GA, UTRECHT
THE NETHERLANDS

email: register@ebg-online-2011.com
FAX: +31 20 524 8107

Updating is free of charge!

If you are not the intended recipient, please submit an email to
unsubscribe@ebg-online-2011.com
Your request shall be dealt with accordingly.

Attached to the email is the PDF file EBG_2011.pdf.

The first item you will need to be carefull with is near the marker 1 at the top of the document on the right:

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.

The second item you need to read are the small letters, especially near the marker 2:

THE VALIDATION TIME OF THE CONTRACT IS THREE YEARS AND STARTS ON THE EIGHTH DAY AFTER SIGNING THE CONTRACT. 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 “EUROPE BUSINESS GUIDE”. I WILL HAVE AN INSERTION TO ITS DATA BASE FOR THREE YEARS. THE PRICE PER YEAR IS EURO 990.

What does this mean? Well, according to the document, when it is returned back with your signature, your entry in the Europe Business Guide is subject to a contract for the next 3 years with a price tag of 990 Euro per year.

This is a malicious technique in order to get companies signed to a contract of 990 Euros per year adn again, we expect that some people will be fooled by this way of working.

Our recommendation is: don’t sign the document and don’t do 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.

Some additional information.

The domain serv2ebg.com was used in the from address. This domain does not contain a web site but only shows the webhost directory.

The domain has been registered very recently on October, 8th, 2010 with the following details at the DNS registrar HICHINA ZHICHENG TECHNOLOGY LTD:

Domain Name: SERV2EBG.COM
   Registrar: HICHINA ZHICHENG TECHNOLOGY LTD.
   Whois Server: grs.hichina.com
   Referral URL: http://www.net.cn
   Name Server: NS1.DOMREFERENCE.COM
   Name Server: NS2.DOMREFERENCE.COM
   Status: ok
   Updated Date: 08-oct-2010
   Creation Date: 08-oct-2010
   Expiration Date: 08-oct-2011
Domain Name ..................... SERV2EBG.COM
Name Server ..................... ns1.domreference.com
                                  ns2.domreference.com
Registrant ID ................... hc348010405-cn
Registrant Name ................. zhang ming
Registrant Organization ......... zhang ming
Registrant Address .............. gaoyaoshichangyuanlu12hao12lou101shi
Registrant City ................. gaoyaoshi
Registrant Province/State ....... Guangdong
Registrant Postal Code .......... 023652
Registrant Country Code ......... CN
Registrant Phone Number ......... +86.6358559985 -
Registrant Fax .................. +86.6358559985 -
Registrant Email ................ dfghrter@hotmail.com
Administrative ID ............... hc348010405-cn
Administrative Name ............. zhang ming
Administrative Organization ..... zhang ming
Administrative Address .......... gaoyaoshichangyuanlu12hao12lou101shi
Administrative City ............. gaoyaoshi
Administrative Province/State ... Guangdong
Administrative Postal Code ...... 023652
Administrative Country Code ..... CN
Administrative Phone Number ..... +86.6358559985 -
Administrative Fax .............. +86.6358559985 -
Administrative Email ............ dfghrter@hotmail.com
Billing ID ...................... hc348010405-cn
Billing Name .................... zhang ming
Billing Organization ............ zhang ming
Billing Address ................. gaoyaoshichangyuanlu12hao12lou101shi
Billing City .................... gaoyaoshi
Billing Province/State .......... Guangdong
Billing Postal Code ............. 023652
Billing Country Code ............ CN
Billing Phone Number ............ +86.6358559985 -
Billing Fax ..................... +86.6358559985 -
Billing Email ................... dfghrter@hotmail.com
Technical ID .................... hc348010405-cn
Technical Name .................. zhang ming
Technical Organization .......... zhang ming
Technical Address ............... gaoyaoshichangyuanlu12hao12lou101shi
Technical City .................. gaoyaoshi
Technical Province/State ........ Guangdong
Technical Postal Code ........... 023652
Technical Country Code .......... CN
Technical Phone Number .......... +86.6358559985 -
Technical Fax ................... +86.6358559985 -
Technical Email ................. dfghrter@hotmail.com
Expiration Date ................. 2011-10-08 10:28:21

The domain used to send the unsubscribe requests to is ebg-online-2011.com and is registered at the DNS registrar Dotster also on October, 8th, 2010.

   Domain Name: EBG-ONLINE-2011.COM
   Registrar: DOTSTER, INC.
   Whois Server: whois.dotster.com
   Referral URL: http://www.dotster.com
   Name Server: NS1.DOMREFERENCE.COM
   Name Server: NS2.DOMREFERENCE.COM
   Status: ok
   Updated Date: 08-oct-2010
   Creation Date: 08-oct-2010
   Expiration Date: 08-oct-2011
Registrant:
   International Directories LTD
   C/Azcona 58, Local
   madrid, madrid  28028
   ES

   Registrar: DOTSTER
   Domain Name: EBG-ONLINE-2011.COM
      Created on: 08-OCT-10
      Expires on: 08-OCT-11
      Last Updated on: 08-OCT-10

   Administrative, Technical Contact:
      fernandez, marco  bricinternational@gmail.com
      International Directories LTD
      C/Azcona 58, Local
      madrid, madrid  28028
      ES
      +34917919176

   Domain servers in listed order:
      NS1.DOMREFERENCE.COM
      NS2.DOMREFERENCE.COM

Note that this domain is registered with a license holder in Spain.

The company itself is running it’s business on http://www.europebusinessguide.net/ and when visiting the About us page we found the following:

The Europe Business Guide Online is a product of EU Business Services Ltd, a corporation organized and existing under the law of Nevis, West Indies.

The domain europebusinessguide.net itself has been registered since March 3rd, 2010 by antoher Chineese DNS registrar:

  Domain Name: EUROPEBUSINESSGUIDE.NET
   Registrar: BEIJING INNOVATIVE LINKAGE TECHNOLOGY LTD. DBA DNS.COM.CN
   Whois Server: whois.dns.com.cn
   Referral URL: http://www.dns.com.cn
   Name Server: NS1.EUROPEBUSINESSGUIDE.NET
   Name Server: NS2.EUROPEBUSINESSGUIDE.NET
   Status: clientTransferProhibited
   Updated Date: 03-mar-2010
   Creation Date: 02-mar-2010
   Expiration Date: 02-mar-2011
Domain Name.......... EUROPEBUSINESSGUIDE.NET
  Creation Date........ 2010-03-03 12:45:36
  Registration Date.... 2010-03-03 12:45:36
  Expiry Date.......... 2011-03-03 12:45:36
  Organisation Name.... EU BUSINESS SERVICES LTD
  Organisation Address. PO BOX 2021 3500 GA UTRECHT
  Organisation Address.
  Organisation Address. Nevis West Indies
  Organisation Address. 3500
  Organisation Address. WG
  Organisation Address. NL

Admin Name........... EU BUSINESS SERVICES LTD
  Admin Address........ PO BOX 2021 3500 GA UTRECHT
  Admin Address........
  Admin Address........ Nevis West Indies
  Admin Address........ 3500
  Admin Address........ WG
  Admin Address........ NL
  Admin Email.......... toppk7863@yahoo.com
  Admin Phone.......... +1.203824833
  Admin Fax............ +1.203824833

Tech Name............ EU BUSINESS SERVICES LTD
  Tech Address......... PO BOX 2021 3500 GA UTRECHT
  Tech Address.........
  Tech Address......... Nevis West Indies
  Tech Address......... 3500
  Tech Address......... WG
  Tech Address......... NL
  Tech Email........... toppk7863@yahoo.com
  Tech Phone........... +1.203824833
  Tech Fax............. +1.203824833

Bill Name............ EU BUSINESS SERVICES LTD
  Bill Address......... PO BOX 2021 3500 GA UTRECHT
  Bill Address.........
  Bill Address......... Nevis West Indies     
  Bill Address......... 3500    
  Bill Address......... WG     
  Bill Address......... NL   
  Bill Email........... toppk7863@yahoo.com
  Bill Phone........... +1.203824833
  Bill Fax............. +1.203824833
  Name Server.......... ns2.europebusinessguide.net
  Name Server.......... ns1.europebusinessguide.net

The company EU Business Services Ltd have changed domains in order to start a new campaign. It is the same company that MX  Lab covered in another blog article regarding the World Business Guide.

Additional information:

Stop EU Business Services Ltd Trading As World Business Directory
Stop world-businessdirectory.com

33 thoughts on “Directory scam: Registration of the World Company Register 2011/2012

  1. Do not worry and nothing to pay

    Firm you invoiced do not exist in any scam is one which is created by people from Romania Timisoare their IP 83.103.190.162

    On the court they dont go because the police immediately sent him to jail ( Blackmail, tax evasion, spam messages …)

    see whether someone has got a signed and stamped invoice

  2. hey guys!
    i see you are having some issues regarding business directory and online advertising scams
    im sorry to hear..i was in a very similar position about 2 months ago until i contacted this company:
    http://www.scamstoppers.com
    1-888-315-5770
    they actually stoped the calls..and even canceled out most of my invoices directly from the scam companies!!
    i dont know how…. but boy am i happy never the less
    i hope this helps somebody out
    good luck

  3. I am in the UK and got this today – these people are low life pond life scum BUT WHY don’t governments do anything to stop this?

    Of course nothing is free – especially if you read their poor grammar terms and conditions!!

  4. Hi All

    i totally appreciate everyone who has contribute to this awareness. We had signed with this EU Business guide and got a bill today for Euro 990. I did a search to see if this is a scam or not and found this blog!! Great work and thanks for sharing this info

    • Hi there, I work for a charity and one of the members of staff here sent back the form, filled in etc and sent it back thinkingi t was a free directory.

      When we received a 990 euro bill we wrote to them (before we saw this site) and explained that we are a small charity and only wanted the free entry. They have started to threaten us with letters, late payment fees (99 euros and admin fee 35 Euro) and threatening us with court action.

      Have any of you been taken to court over this matter by this company?

  5. Hi Guys,

    Thanks for this blog, it really helped. I had recieved such PDF. Although I had not signed but sent them the detailed filled electronically on the PDF and now these guys are sending payment reminders.

    After reading this, i will not make any payment. In fact I will inform police here.

  6. Our company is called Global Business Register Limited. We are legally registered in Ireland and our business involves the selling and distribution of official company information that is sourced from the national company registers oround Europe. We are an official distributor for the EBR (European Business Register). EBR is an official EU organisation involved in the integration of business registers across Europe. (http://www.ebr.org)

    We would wish to advise your readers that our company should not be confused with either World Company Register or World Business Directory. We have no association whatsoever with either and wish to clearly state that we do not condone in any way the activities of these organisations.

    It is free to use our service to search for company information and should you wish to order an official document on a company there is a small fee associated with that. We do not offer to include any company in a directory and charge fee for it.

    If anyone would like further information I would be very happy to help them with their query.

  7. Hi, We sent a signed agreement in error thinking that it is a free service. From last 3 months we are getting invoices after invoices with late payment. I have written to them explaining that they have used “deceptive” tactics. We have not paid yet. How do we stop them? we are US based firm. Any suggestions?

  8. Yes,good question, how to stop them? send them to the hell.
    We are the new victim, we hope no more new victims in the world.
    How can they be active for so long time?

    • If anyone of you has friends who can hack sites this is the time to use them.
      Bring down the websites of EU business Directory and crash the servers who host such companies.
      Make them run for cover by keeping their websites crashed all the time.
      Even their mails will not work and that will prevent them from disturbing people.

      • Never respond to them. This is the only way to leave you in peace…
        Since you answer they are happy and run behind you…

  9. we too got caught up all you can do is expose them, their latest contact info is:
    Best regards,
    Ms Denisse Toutzec
    Account Manager
    EU Business Services Ltd
    Tel: 0031 203 120 477
    Fax: 0031 205 248 107
    denisse@euro-businessguide.net
    I also have their bank acct info for demand.

  10. you could always pass along their bank acct numbers to some nice nigerians…..
    that might stop it.

  11. Hello,
    I did also the contract without to pay the proper attention.
    they start to send email and after my reply that they are circumventers and that I’ll report them at local authorities, with the comment that I signed a contract which Clearly was writen that is for FREE UPDATE, THEY SENT AN EMAIL ASKING ME TO PAY JUST THE FIRSTYEAR AND THAT THEY WILL CANCEL THE OTHER 2 YEARS SUBSCRIPTION.
    I answered again not to bother me and that allready start the legal proccedure…
    for the moment they haven’t come back with any email….

  12. Hi all .!
    I have the problem ! -) I want to kill these people really ! .-)
    I have got the page from than one day and send back it .
    because I tought that was free .!
    so after 20 days they sent the invoice and I hve big suprised 🙂
    maybe I sent 50 email and talked with somebody told that please delete my account.
    they all the time telling that it is impossible to cancel and I must pay it.
    now every week have letter and email 🙂 its never stopped .
    anyone have an idea ?
    what can I do now ?
    I never pay a cent for them and I dont think to pay .!
    have nice days !

  13. You should NOT pay them.

    We have proof that their website http://www.europebusinessguide.com/ was BLACKLISTED with Avast internet Security.

    I posted a screen-shot in the Facebook group for Europe Business Guide SCAM. Check it out there.

    There are thousands of posts on the internet against them, they don’t stand a chance in court!!!

    • Hi, good day!
      I was trapped this trick last year and many pushed with letters by e-mail from them also their group of deby corrector and finally payed euro995. however now received another payment as for that contract
      was 3 years subscriptions!! how I can do this? can I ignore them?
      your prompt assistance I’ll be very appreciated. I’m Japanese.

      • Hi, I am from India. You have done a mistake of sending the Money. Nothing worry now, the money will not come back to you. Your add will be published nowhere.

        Dont send any further money, since you have paid once, they may call you also. If you can, you can report the same to local cyber crime police or simply omit, as what i have done, past 2 years i am getting this letters and i am using the papers . Nothing happened.

        If they go to court, they will be arrested for malpractice and spam.

        cool, dont make any payment, if you need any further assistance, you may send me a message

        cool

  14. Dear all , our client in malaysia was subject to the similar scam . I advise them to lodge a report
    with the police and alert the others

    • No need to report to police, just omit, nothing will happen.

      Use the stationary as an one side paper.

      I am also facing the same and enjoying mimimum 3 letters per month.

      At night dont switch on the fax and go.

      I am also from India Satvinder

  15. Guys,

    we have sent to them a signed contract in an attached mail about 2 years back thinking it is a free directory. For the last two years we are getting the scam letter . Just use the stationery as an one side page, these theefs can never go to court. As some one above told, they will immeadiately arrest them.

    Just omit , nothing will happen. cool .

  16. Honestly, why would any THINKING PERSON believe that this was legitimate? YOU DON’T GET ANYTHING FOR FREE. And reputable companies don’t ask you for information via an anonymous email Please people, get a clue!

    • Dear colegs,

      We have send the form to before 1 mount because in the form there was nothing about payment or price and before 2 days we got a invoice of 990 euro . I contact them by phone and mail and you know the answer – we already publish you an you must pay.
      Please give as some advice what we should do. Can they give as to court or ? they send us information that when we will pay the invoice of 990 euro the contract for neht three years will be canceled. At the form there was no information of price or payment so take it that in concederation do they can use that form like contract or no.
      Please give as advice
      Thank You

  17. Press delete, and don’t allow e-mail an receipt to go back to them. They will spam you for years, so set your e-mail account to send their e-mails straight to the SPAM folder or if you are using gmail and such, mark it as SPAM, so SPAM filters “learn” not to deliver their trush. All they do is playing numbers. Sending out many threatening letters and hoping someone paying them once in a while. If they send out 1000 e-mails, even a 0.5% return gets them at least €5000 for doing almost nothing (just SPAMing).

  18. Thanks Andy for your advice. That´s exactly the same thing which I did. I blocked their e-mail from an administration lady called Laura, I receive now the e-mails in my trush but would like to stop them incoming completely in the server!
    I did read much about that company on many Websites, they are just scummers looking for naive people who will pay them for sending spam around! Not with me!
    Don´t let deceive you!!!

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