Have You Been the Victim of a Scam?

By: WHSV Newsroom
By: WHSV Newsroom

HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV)-- The Better Business Bureau says some businesses have received a fax to renew their listing in the Yellow Pages.However, if a business responds to this, they could face over $1,000 in charges.

The fax is coming from the Open Business Directory, based in Boston, Ma. So far, the company has an 'F' rating with the Better Business Bureau and over 1,500 complaints from businesses in New England. The business also goes by 'yellowpageuse.com'.

Here's how the scam works: when you send the fax back to the company confirming your address in small print it says, "this is a new service and for a year it costs more than $1,100."

According to the Better Business Bureau, these are the top three things you can look for to protect yourself and your business from a scam like this. Be wary if someone calls you claiming to be a business partner but asks for your name and address.
Second, look out if someone calls claiming to be a business partner. Third,, be cautious if someone calls asking you to enroll or renew a contract.

The Better Business Bureau says business like this should be done face to face, not over the phone. Plus, be cautious of some things happening over the Internet; since any links to other sites could lead to other problems and scams.

If you know of a scam going around, or have been a victim of one, we want to know about it.

Send us your story to: scams@whsv.com. We will follow up to make sure the scammers are held accountable, and let others know so they do not fall for the scam.

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