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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>” 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
fax: +31 (20) 524-8107
Updating is free of charge!
If you are not the intended recipient, please submit an email to
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.