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World Business Directory appeared in 2008, using contracts almost identical to those which have lead to hundreds of people refusing to pay the sister companies. EU Company Directory, Euro Business Guide and European Business Connection
The owners of these companies must be aware that people sign these documents in error, so to set up a new company mailing similar forms is indicative of either gross negligence or a deliberate attempt to decieve.
Assuming Modus Operandi is the same as for the other companies those who sign this form in error can expect:
- Sometime after you signed you will recieve a confirmation of your 'order', almost certainly this will arrive after short 'cooling off' period has expired
- Reminders to sent within months
- Account will be handed over to a law firm or collection agency who will inist on payment.
- Eventual abandonment of accounts where people steadfastly refuse to pay (StopECG has followed may people in dispute with the sister companies and none have been taken to court)
World Business Directory,
Suite 149, Rosden House,
372 Old Street,
The Above address appears to be an office/PO Box, trade is actually conducted from the tax haven of Nevis in the West Indies, while the main office appears to be in Romania.
EU Business Ltd.
Prince Charles street
Check the research and background for more detailed info
Advice if you are receiving demands for money
To Pay Or Not To Pay
|For legal reasons StopECG cannot issue advice either generally or to individuals on the issue of whether you should part with money based on the document you have signed. All we can do is appraise you of the situation as it stands and allow you to make up your own mind. We hope the notes below are of assistance.
- World Business Directory has companies on its books who have, or are disputing the validity of its contracts.
- The debt collection agency used by the sister companies appears to no other function than to bully people in dispute with these companies. Threats of legal action have not been followed up and to date we have no evidence that anyone has been taken to court for refusal to pay.
- Based on past rulings against similar documents this contract would almost certainly fail to stand up in a court, however you must accept that as this exact document has not been challenged yet there is a small risk involved with refusal to pay.
If you are unhappy with World Business Directory, you need to file the relevant letters of complaint. Remember, the more letters you write the more likely it is that people will take note.
To Save yourself time StopECG suggests you draft one letter, detailing your experiences and complaints then use the same text for ALL the suggested letters below
Whenever filing official complaints, we recommend you keep your letters short, polite and factual. If you feel the original document was misleading, please explain why, clearly and in your own words
You should include copies of all Correspondence you have had with the guide and with their agents. We reccomend you send high quality photocopies and should keep your original correspondence on file. If you have lost or destroyed any documents please note this in your letter of complaint.
Who to Write to
Contact the Office Of Fair Trading Essential
Why: The OFT is the body charged with preventing fraud, scams and unfair competition within the UK, it is the organisation best positioned to rule on World Business Directory and their methods
How: Please send your complaint in writing to:
The Office of Fair Trading,
2-6 Salisbury Square,
UK Company Regulator Companies Investigation Branch (CIB)
Why:The CIB investigates instances unlawful paractices by UK Registered companies, it has full legal powers to take action if neccecary. File a complaint if you beleive the activities of a UK company are unlawful
How: By Post or webform:
Online Complaint Form Suitable for basic complaints
Companies Investigation Branch,
21 Bloomsbury Street,
If your initial complaint fails try
Ministerial Correspondence Unit,
Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform,
1 Victoria Street,
Contact Your MEP Essential
Why: This is an International Problem; MEPs need to be aware as they have the power to bring forward legislation against this sort of cross border advertising, especially as the vast majority of it eminates from within the European Union|
How: If you do not know who your MEP is, click the one of the links below and look them up. You may find that you are represented by more than one MEP, if so, please contact them all!! Please ask your MEP to raise your concerns with The Commissioner
http://www.europarl.eu.int/ ALL EU Countries please navigate to your country
http://www.writetothem.com/ UK Only (enter your postcode, you can then fax direct from the webform!)
http://www.europarl.org.uk/uk_meps/MembersMain.htm UK Only (for postal addresses)
Persons living Outside the EU need to address the commissioner in writing:
DG Health and Consumer Protection ,
Contact Other Companies Worthwhile
Why: Contacting other companies will allow you to share information and advice, it may also assist them if they are recieving unexpected demands and thought they were alone in disputing the issue
How: Go to the World Business Directory website http://world-businessdirectory.com/ and follow the instructions below to find companies
NOTE: We recommend that when writing to, or phoning companies you should not pre-empt their response, simply ask them about their experiences with World Business Directory, if they inform you that they are unhappy, then please direct them to the advice on this webpage, the address is:
- The search is near-useless, Select one of the categories at the bottom of the page,E.g. Constructions
- Click the category now a new set of links appears on the left under the title Select A Country
- You can either browse the category or navigate to your country
- If you go by Country you are forced to conduct a search. Put a single letter such as 'A' under Keyword. leave all other fields blank, Click 'Go'
- Read This Bit It appears that only those companies with an '@' symbol next to the telephone logo have signed the forms, the others are simply filler listings, most will be unaware that they are listed.
For this reason you should only contact companies with the @ symbol
Contact The Advertising Standards Authority Not Important
The ASA's current position is that this company is not phyisically based within the UK, however it can do no harm to contact them on the matter.
Advertising Standards Authority,
Mid City Place,
71 High Holborn,
Contact The Romanian Ministry of Commerce Worthwhile
Why: It appears that World Business Directory may have their actual office in Romania, this needs to be investigated
How: If you have had emails from EU Company Directory check the headers, you may find that the sender is detailed as citrus-media.ro ([220.127.116.11]) or gw-eubusiness-sediu.fibertm.ro [18.104.22.168] or both...
These adresses end in .ro, indicating that the sender is not in The UK, they are in Romania, If your emails bear this out, please contact the Romanian Ministry of Economy and Commerce and ask them to investigate the issue. We reccomend you send them your full letter of complaint and an additional note explaining why you beleive EU Company Directory are operating from within Romania
Going to the Press Worthwhile
Why: Getting articles in the local press will forwarn others about contracts they may recieve in the post. With a new and little known company like this one, press coverage is vital to alert others!
How: Getting an article into the local press is surprisingly easy More..
Contact the Government in Nevis Worthwhile
Why: This company is incorporated in St. Kitts & Nevis, if you have a complaint about their activities it is important that the government there is told.
How: You can easily modify your letter of complaint to The Office Of Fair Trading, so filing this complaint will only take a few minutes. Post to:
Mr Vance W. Amory,
Minister of Finance, Trade and Industry,
Contact Their Bank Unimportant
Why: Reputable banks will close accounts of they suspect unethical tactics or fraud
How: Write to the bank.
as of November 2008 we have seen demands for money referencing the following bank account:
Victory Street, Douglas,
Isle of Man,
SWIFT CODE: BARCGB22
Sort Code 202674
Feel Free to contact Barclays and express your concerns about World Business Directory. Letters of complaint should be accompanied by a full dossier of your correspondance with the guide.
International Personal Banking,
PO Box 213,
25 Circular Road,
Isle Of Man, IM99 1 RH,
Research and Background
Additional information is housed on the EU Company directory page
Please go to: http://www.stopecg.org/eu_company_directory.htm#research
World Business Directory,
A whois on the Domain www.world-businessdirectory.com the reveals a different London address (Last check 14th July 08)
International Directories ltd,
Suite 3, 95 Wilton Road,
World Business Guide has at least one mirror domain www.wbgnow.com, Hosted in Romania
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