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The following fax (facsimile) scams were reported to the Electronic Messaging Compliance team and are listed below to help you avoid them.
Links to scam web pages have been removed and spaces have been added to email addresses to ensure they do not become hyperlinks.
- View the Internal Revenue Service fax scam .pdf (232k)*
Hi, in August 2012 we received the following email from the Expo Guide requesting final payment of $1571 USD which we found was a postal scam identified in July 2011 on this website.
From: Customer Service [ccss03 expoguideonline.com]
Sent: Saturday, 4 August 2012 4:49 a.m.
Subject: 351157 - Your order in Expo-Guide
We hereby refer you to our e-mail dated 12.07.2012. However, we noticed that to date we have not received a payment from your side.
If the payment has been enacted, please send us a payment proof so that our accounting department may identify it.
We thank you in advance for your kind cooperation.
We of course ignored it but these chappies are very persistent and this week we have received the following faxes again demanding payment.
View the Expo Guide Fax Scam .pdf (500k)*
- View the faxed reference letter from the South African Parliament .pdf (40k)*
- View the IRS scam .pdf (612k)*
- View 'China Construction Bank' scam (PDF, 76K)*
- View Yellow Directory New Zealand scam (PDF, 232K)*
- View IRS scam (PDF, 108K)*
- View the 'Alicia Burgess' fax scam (PDF, 44K)*
October 2010Information about a YellowPage fax scam from Yellow:
Beware of final notice and bank transfer order hoax:
The YellowPage scam is still circulating. The hoax invoice sent out by YellowPage-NewZealand.com to Yellow Pages Group® customers is now being followed up by a final notice.
The final notice is from Yellow Page Marketing B.V. asking for payment within seven days and states that if payment is not received the matter will be referred to a credit agency. The notice also states that payment can no longer be made by cheque and asks that recipients complete the attached bank transfer form and send it to their bank or make payment through online banking.
Please do not pay this account – it is a scam! This notice is being sent to you with the express purpose of scamming money.
As previously reported, the hoax invoice claimed to be sent on behalf of and in the name of Yellow Publishing Ltd (with upside down yellow fingers logo), not the same company as Yellow Pages Group®, and gave instructions to make payment by cheque to Yellow Page Marketing B.V., Plaza Level, AXA Centre, 41 Shortland Street, Auckland 1010.
If you receive a fax, invoice or final notice from Yellow® Publishing Ltd, Yellow® Page Marketing B.V., or YellowPage-NewZealand.com, please do not make any payment.
If you have any concerns, please contact our Customer Assist Team on 0800 803 803 or the New Zealand Police.
August 2010We are aware of a fax scam using the business name “Who’s Who in New Zealand” apparently operated by the Office of Public Affairs and sent by Profile Director Jessica Smith. There is also one operating in Australia and sent by Jennifer White (or Black or Brown).
The hook is, once you fill in the form with your business information and fax it back to the 09 number, representatives in New York call and offer incentives such as a five-year listing and first class round the world plane tickets. They then obtain credit card information and within minutes have taken money from the account. A legitimate publication located in Nelson, The New Zealand Business Who's Who, has no connection with this scam.
Another fax scam from Yellow Publishing Limited encourages customers to supply their business information to be listed online. Those people who fax their information back are then charged $159 per month to have their information listed.
Hints that it is a scam:
- the company is Yellow Publishing Limited in Manchester
- the logo is upside down on the faxed form
- the web address is yellowpublishing.com not yellow.co.nz
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