A new and alarming scam guide is targeting the trade with demands linked to European Union regulations and focusing on VAT.
Sent on the sort of light grey paper
often associated with genuine VAT correspondence, the letter asks
companies to check and update their details.
However, as the small print at the
bottom of the accompanying information sheet reveals, what
businesses are actually signing is an order form for expensive
advertising at an annual charge of £797.
The order form, almost identical to
those used in previous scams, states that German law applies, and
further explains that the order applies for the next three years
with subsequent extensions if not cancelled by a stated
As countless previous ATG reports have
explained, experience tells us that any attempt to cancel the order
is ignored and followed by further demands for money and the
paid-for listings all but useless.
The organisation listed at the bottom
of the order form, TW Tele Verzeivhnis Verlag GmbH, operate from
the same building in Hamburg as TVV Verlag, the subject of previous
complaints over similar letters linked to a Fax
It is the same organisation linked earlier
this year to another scam.
Other web alerts show that
businesses in the Netherlands have also been targeted.