Vicky Ford MEP

Member of the European Parliament for the East of England

02 FEB 2017

Warning on Scam Business Directories

Warning on Scam Business Directories

One of the East of England's leading MEPs is warning local companies not to be taken in by a new "Business Directory" scam.

The purported directory service contacts local businesses and asks owners to sign and return documents to confirm business contact details, before following up with demands for payment. One local business has been targeted for over £3,000. The documents stipulate, in the fine print, that businesses who return and sign the papers opt into paying for the Directory's services.

Vicky Ford, the Conservative MEP for East Anglia said "This latest scheme, run by an operation calling themselves Portal Empresarial S.L., appears to be very similar to the 'European City Guide' scam which hit many small businesses in the past. I would strongly advise anyone who is approached by this type of organisation not to part with any cash, to take legal advice and contact Action Fraud."

Mrs Ford is working with colleagues from across Europe to tighten up laws in this area before the UK leaves the EU in May 2019.

Action Fraud can be contacted on 0300 123 2040 or www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud

Mrs Ford has written to local Chambers of Commerce and the Federation of Small Business asking them to alert their members.

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Economic Stability must come first. Without a strong economy we can not deliver a strong society. I work with businesses and consumers to keep Britain open for business, cutting red tape, boosting trade opportunities and helping to deliver jobs and growth for all.

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