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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>” with the subject “Business Registration 2012″ and the following body:
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
Fax: +31 205 248 107
Business Registration 2012/2013
Updating is free of charge!
To unsubscribe, please send an email to email@example.com
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.