Business scam alert
2:53pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
PEMBROKESHIRE County Council is urging businesses to be on their guard against overseas business register scams.
The Trading Standards Team in the Council’s Public Protection Division wants firms to be on the lookout for letters claiming to come from overseas business directories.
It follows complaints from two local businesses.
The businesses received forms from two separate companies - one based in Hamburg and the other in Spain - purporting to be official business registers/directories.
The two companies, which signed the forms, are now being pursued for payment.
Trading Standards warn businesses to watch out for the forms which resemble official documents and could easily confuse people into signing at the bottom - even though there is no requirement to do so.
They say that if the form is signed and sent back to the overseas company, then it will expect payment in full, while withholding payment will be likely to result in threatening letters warning of further action.
Councillor Huw George, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services, urged businesses to read all correspondence carefully before signing and returning any forms.
“Anyone who receives such a form is advised to disregard it,” he said.
For further information about this issue contact Trading Standards on 01437 764551or email: email@example.com