The Dupe of URL

No, not the doowop song by Gene Chandler, but a form of fraud aimed at small businesses and non-profits. Here’s how the scam works: Con artists send fake invoices to businesses, listing the domain name or URL of the company’s website or a slight variation – like substituting ".org" for ".com." The bills, designed to look like they come from a domain name registrar, say the company owes money for its annual "website address listing" and "search optimization" service. Busy entrepreneurs are led to believe they have to pay to keep the company URL up and running. Others are induced to pony up based on claims that the search optimization service will increase web traffic. Concerned about losing their domain names, companies pay the bogus bills – and get zilch in return.

The FTC went to court to shut down Toronto-based Internet Listing Service, a company that used that M.O. to bilk thousands of businesses. The settlements and default judgments entered by a federal judge in Chicago bar the defendants from using that scheme again.

What steps can you take to protect your business from B2B scammers? Fraudsters use similar tactics to fraudulently bill companies for directory listings, office supplies, and other day-to-day purchases. Compile a contact list of your regular vendors. Encourage employees who open the mail or pay the bills to develop a "show me" attitude when it comes to unexpected invoices from companies they’re not familiar with. Don’t pay for products or services you’re not sure you ordered. Read Throwing the Book at Business Directory Scams to find out more.


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I have seen this happen to a number of businesses and internet marketers. People should be wary of unsolicited emails in their inbox, especially anything promising huge returns or demanding bill payment. Webmasters and business owners should be extra cautious in this regard. Only use reputable SEO services to avoid overbilling and poor quality service. If possible, take charge and do it yourself to some degree, such as by purchasing quality leads. You can avoid a lot of Internet marketing headaches with a bit of caution and consideration.

That happened to me. Someone sent me that stuff and luckily I realized something was different before it was too late. I should stop writing reviews on Internet marketing guides and tools so I can make a site to warn people of all of these Internet frauds. This stuff is getting crazy.

I hate these scammers since my neighbors brother who is retired old teacher lost his retirement because of these internet scam

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