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Business Register 2020 Scam: How It Works

Do you own a business and need exposure? Maybe you have an eCommerce store or simply a brick-and-mortar location? Be careful about a new scam that is going around this month and using different names: the Business Register Scheme, aka the Business Directory Addition or the Online Business Registration Pty. How does that work? You might be receiving an email one of these days with the following content:

"Madam/Sir, in order to have your company inserted in our Register for 2020/2021 print, complete and submit the attached form (PDF) to the following address:

PO BOX 3079

Fax: 0031 205 248107

You can also attach the completed form in a reply to this email. Updating is free of charge!"

The PDF attached is the image above. It features a bunch of sectors, as well as informaton room for name, address, telephone, and email. As you probably have noticed, "updating is free of charge" but, of course, your business has never been placed into this directory before! That's when you are asked to pay a fee in order to have your company featured into this bogus list. A small fee, but  big enough to get you hooked and make you pull out your credit card.

Here is a screenshot of another scammy letter, sent by a company called Online Business Registration Pty Ltd:

online business registration pty ltd


Business Directory 2020 Scam: How To Avoid

Notice how they refer to you as "Sir/Madam", and not with your real name. They know nothing about your business. This email has been sent to millions of people around the world via mail merge. Whatever it sticks, thay'll take it. Ignore and delete this bogus business directory email.


Business Directory Add 2020: How to Report a Scammer

Warn your family and friends about the Business Directory 2020 Scam by sharing this article on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

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