The EU Business Register - spam, a scam and a grand
Avid Bitterwallet reader Chris runs his own company and recently received an unsolicited email from the EU Business Register. Realising that international trade is the way of the world these days, Chris considered the invite to join the very official-sounding register and opened the application form:
We are compiling information for the EU BUSINESS REGISTER. We wish to be able to inform other EU companies about your activities. In order to list your company on the Internet for EU Businesses, just fill in and return the form.
It seemed a very straight forward process from an authentic-sounding organisation, until Chris read the small print. And it really is quite microscopic:
I HEREBY ORDER A SUBSCRIPTION WITH THE SERVICE PROVIDER EU BUSINESS SERVICES LTD. “EU BUSINESS REGISTER”. I WILL HAVE AN INSERTION INTO ITS DATABASE FOR THREE YEARS. THE PRICE PER YEAR IS EURO 995. THE SUBSCRIPTION WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY EXTENDED EVERY YEAR FOR ANOTHER YEAR.
Ah. The form doesn't require any bank details which makes it easy to fill out and sign, so we'd love to hear what tactics these jokers use to come hunting for their money. And they are jokers - spamming businesses with details of non-descript services and failing to mention it costs up to a grand a year, except in print so small you'd have to be Tom Thumb to read it.
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