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News - 10 May 2005

Internet Payment Fraud targets local Business

The City Centre Business Forum has received a warning of an alleged internet payment fraud by which businesses buy extra domain names at £100 to £200 each.

A local businessman e-mailed us the following warning:

"I took a phone call today from a company called worldwidebusinessdomain.com at wwbdomain@btopenworld.com tele 0870-0678790 and MAIL@WORLDWIDEBUSINESSDOMAIN.COM They said my other company domain names at .net .org, and .co.uk were being registered by another local business which could allow them to transfer web-based enquirers from my business to the other by using a domain name like my own.

They claimed to be a registration agency (which is true) and they said I could stop them immediately if I could afford to buy those extra domain names at £100-200 each.

This alleged UK scam has just been reported in Canada below http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/ripoff141618.htm The businessman said: "Technically they are just charging 100-200% more for a bona fide service. As I am completing a revamp of my own website site below they caught me at a 'sensitive' time and they were very plausible on the phone seeking credit card payment. I declined their immediate payment offer and I asked for a proforma invoice which subsequently showed they had no company registration details. My new website designer also warned me to watch out.

It's a scam so do warn others"

The Rip Off Report has made its own investigations into the company profile and found that the company name does not come up on a Google search. The web address is www.worldwidebusinessdomain.com and it seems that they are not actually registrars themselves but use a bona fide registrar whose charges are half the price quoted by World Wide Business Domain.

 

 


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