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UK Small Business Directory Scam

Update December 2019

I had someone ring me today thinking that someone from my Business Directory had called them demanding £4,000 for unpaid fees

It turns out they were using the old Business Directory scam where they say that the small business owner owes for unpaid Online Advertising in a business directory, that it has been escalated to the county court and that bailiffs will be around imminently if it isn’t paid there and then.

This is an old scam which has been around for a good decade now and they rely on the fact people either get frightened or pay a smaller amount just to get rid of the caller.

The police, trading standards and action fraud are all aware of these business directory scams, but other than warning business owners not to pay, do very little.


Original post (from about 2012)

I had someone contact me today letting me know the UK Small Business Directory Scam is still active.

Apparently small business owners are being called and told they owe money for being registered in UK Small Business Directory.

This has been going on for 3 or 4 years now with many people being conned out of hundreds of pounds.

My advice is never to agree anything over the phone, never give out your card details and don’t give in to threats just to get rid of them.

A lot of scammers bank on the fact that small business owners will just pay up to get rid of them and stop the threats.

One group send out threats that bailiffs will be visiting imminently, read some of the comments on this post at Hallam Internet www.hallaminternet.com/2012/uk-business-directory-scam/ and be careful out there.

Note: no one from UK Small Business Directory will call you about paying for a directory listing, do not be mistaken that they are involved with us in any way.

Feel free to leave a comment below if this has happened to you