Scam of the day – December 10, 2015 – FTC refunding money to victims of online Yellow Pages scam

The FTC, through its refund administrator for this case, Gilardi & Co. LLC is sending checks to victims of  a scam involving Your Yellow Book which sent out invoices bearing a logo like the famous walking fingers logo used by the legitimate Yellow Pages to various companies.  The invoices indicated that they were only verifying or updating an already existing business relationship when in fact there was no prior business relationship and no prior contract for a listing in the Your Yellow Book’s online business directory, which had no relationship with the legitimate Yellow Pages.  Many people paid the invoices that ranged up to $487 not realizing that the bill was a total misrepresentation.   Victims that initially refused to pay the phony invoices were harassed by phony debt collectors.  Many small businesses, doctor’s offices, retirement homes and charitable organizations were victimized by this scam.

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If you were a victim of this scam and have not yet received your check, click on the tab at the top of this page marked “FTC Scam Refunds” for information as to how to claim your refund.   Refund checks must be cashed by February 2, 2016. However, everyone else should take a lesson from this common scam and never pay an invoice merely because you get what appears to be a legitimate looking bill until you have confirmed that the bill is indeed legitimate and that you or your company actually received the services for which you are billed.  This particular scam is both simple and effective so it is up to you to be on the lookout for it.