A scam - www.wwmdirectory.com using Google's name
Posted by admin (Graham Ellis), 9 September 2007We've recieve a couple of invoices from Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, for 79.99 for "Link for www.wwmdirectory.com via Google Adwords direct to client website" ... which is interesting because we have ordered no such service
New scam? Anyone else seen these?
Further details at http://www.wellho.net/mouth/1342_Google-wwmdirectory-Freshwater-ATP-new-scam-.html
Posted by admin (Graham Ellis), 9 September 2007Here's an interesting follow up ... the invoices appear to come from an estate of self catering holiday bungalows!
Looks a bit unlikely for an outpost of the Google empire to me!
Posted by philby (philby), 10 September 2007The plot thickens. I too received the same invoice and upon further investigation uncovered a website linked to ATP claiming that they were the ESIA (European Security Industry Association). There appears to be no such association and when you view the profile of the Board Members this is a direct rip off from the SIA (Security Industry Authority) website. I have informed this Government Body who appear to be taking it very seriously!
Furthermore the wwmdirectory.com site shares the same 'contact us' number (07825 393731) as the esiainvestigations.com website that is linked to the ESIA. I think that this could pan out to be a far greater scam than just unsolicited invoices!
Posted by admin (Graham Ellis), 10 September 2007There are a lot of (too many) scams around, but it looks like you and I may be in on the early days of this one, Phil; my blog and this forum tend to get indexed quite frequently by Google, so I'll put up hot news like this to help give other an early alert / a page where I can add my ha'penneth to the comments and dexperience of others. Many thanks for contributing and providing more evidence that points towards it being a scam.
One of out team phoned Google about it .... who knew nothing about the inoice and were "going away to investigate" and I'll post any follow ups here.
Posted by admin (Graham Ellis), 10 September 2007P.S. I just googled for "wwmdirectory google" and came out top for the blog article - ahead of the wwmdirectory folks. I expect they'll be really happy about that
Anyone told the Trading Standards on the Isle of Wight, or in their own areas?
Posted by philby (philby), 10 September 2007Yes - I informed Yorkshire Trading Standards, apparently you contact your area and then they get in touch with the team from where the scam emanated. It may be worth you ringing Trading Standards local to you Graham as this will put a little extra pressure on the Isle of Wight TS.
Posted by admin (Graham Ellis), 10 September 2007And here's another link .... someone else has an invoice
Posted by christine (christine), 20 February 2008Unforunately 5 months on wwwmdirectory is still sending out these invoices as we received one today, no doubt they fall through the net of lots of big companies who dont check and just pay. Are Google still looking into this ??
Posted by admin (Graham Ellis), 20 February 2008I don't know, Christine ... but many thanks for going to the trouble to sign up here and lete everyone who comes to this page know that it's still happening.
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