Online Public Yellow Pages targeting NC businesses, churches
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
We warned you earlier this year about scammers sending out fake invoices
, hoping that you’ll simply pay the bogus bills. A new and particularly aggressive invoice scam has spurred close to two dozen complaints from North Carolina businesses, churches and schools.
According to those complaints, the scam starts with a high-pressure sales call from Online Public Yellow Pages that includes a lot of yes or no questions. The employee answering the call is told they must answer the questions, even if the employee isn’t authorized to make purchases.
A few months later, the business receives an invoice from Online Public Yellow Pages, for $599.99 plus late fees and penalties of more than $600. Businesses that protest the charges report that the company plays back a recording of the initial sales call, spliced to make it seem like the employee authorized the charges. They’re also threatened that the charges will be sent to a debt collector.
Online Public Yellow Pages is not related to The Real Yellow Pages. When our office contacts Online Public Yellow Pages on behalf of a business or consumer, the company cancels the charges.
- Warn your employees, your church, and your child’s school about these aggressive calls.
- If you get one, hang up. Do not attempt to answer the caller’s questions.
- If you get an invoice from Online Public Yellow Pages, contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or filing a complaint online at www.ncdoj.gov.