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In February 2006 we reported the new trading names being used by the ECG in contracts mailed to France and Holland, It soon became clear that the scam guide's plans were grander. No longer with the ECG be a solely European scourge. The contracts would be targeted at Australian and Canadian businesses, complete with the Aussie flag or Canadian Maple Leaf at the top.
StopECG felt this a significant enough departure for us to establish a new page where we can give advice to people outside Europe who find themselves in dispute with the ECG
However with the opportunities offered by a whole new name and target audience the ECG have (Surprise Surprise) missed the opportunity to remove the elements of their contract that have caused so much confusion and distress in the past. The main top block of text bears no mention of a contractual agreement or price, the words "only Sign if you wish to place an insertion" are in a block of text below the recipients address and could easily be missed as the reader is drawn to the checking of their details below.
The terms of the contract are also depressingly familiar, with no escape offered for 3 years and then the contract renewing itself if written notice is not given of cancellation. The cooling of period is now just 7 days as cancellation must be sent by registered post there is little realistic chance of an overseas firm getting the letter to Spain in the timescale allowed!
The contract indicates that the directory will be published on a CD-Rom, there is no mention of a website.
For analysis of possible reasons for this development see the stopECG Blog
There can be little doubt that this is the European City Guide under a new name The trading address is the same:
Martinez Cubells, 6, 4° pta.8
The new directory is called
Industrie En Handel, 2006 - Register Zakelijke Informatie
Commerce Et Industrie 2006 - Registrie Des Affaires
Industry and Commerce 2006 - Register of Business Information
Websites: These were regestered in July 2006, somtime after the establishment of the company
Any More? Please let us know
If you get their letter (warning and advice)
Then you are presumably reading this page because you wanted to check it out before returning it... We maintain an archive of ECG mailshots, so please scan it and send us a copy (Preferably in jpg or PDF format).
If you have received this contract AND you consider it to be misleading please write a letter of complaint and send it to all of the following addresses.
If the addresses below are corrupted Please Email for correct copies
Regional Authority of Valencia
Dirección General de Comercio (Regional Government of Valencia)
Mr. Gregorio Lleó Alamá
C/ Colón, 32
Tel. 0034 96 3869608
Fax. 0034 96 3869642
central coordinating body
Instituto Nacional del Consumo
(Ms. Lourdes Dietta)
C/ Principe de Vergara 54
Mayor of Valencia
Dña. Rita Barberá Nolla
Ayuntamiento de Valencia
Plaza del Ayuntamiento, 1
Phone: 00 34 96 352 5478
Spanish Self Regulatory Authority
Asociación para la Autorregulación de la Comunicación Comercial (Autocontrol)
Conde de Peñalver, 52,
1º D, E - 28006 MADRID,
Tel: +34 91 309 66 37
Fax: +34 91 402 98 24
Advice if you have signed
StopECG accept that you may have signed this contract in full knowledge of the 937 Euros / A$1200 / CA$ 1100 Per Annum that is likely to be demanded from you. However if you are reading this because you did not realise that a fee was expected you need to write immediately to the 4 addresses above and file official complaints.
We also recommend you go to the Main ECG Page and write all the letters we suggest for those in dispute with the European City Guide.
Scam Net By the Department Of Commerce, Western Aiustralia