Business scam!

International business directory is a scam

PRINCETON – Bureau County Sheriff John Thompson said he’s not surprised to hear about a recent business scam in nearby Lee County.

As reported in the Sauk Valley News newspaper, the Lee County Sheriff’s Department has released a statement warning businesses of a scam involving an international business directory.

In that scam, people are calling businesses, churches and nonprofit groups, claiming to be a directory company verifying addresses by phone or fax to confirm existing phone book listings, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Department.

Once the businesses verify the information, the company signs them up for services and sends several invoices demanding payment or threatening legal action. The directories are never distributed or promoted as promised, but are simply websites with various business listings, the Lee County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Thompson said he’s not had any local reports of this scam happening to Bureau County businesses or groups, but still this is just another example of the varied types of scams which are out there.

As with this and any other potential scam, Thompson said his advice to Bureau County residents, businesses and groups is to deal with local people. If you haven’t sought out some type of information or product, don’t take any phone calls or contacts from people wanting to sell you something or get information from you, the sheriff said.

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