FAKE YELLOW PAGE BILLS!
How to DECIPHER IF YOUR TELEPHONE BILL IS BOGUS
QUESTION:Have recent news reports of bogus yellow page
bills affected you?
That mail invoice bearing the familiar "walking fingers" logo and
the name "Yellow Pages" could be a camouflaged invitation to lose money.
Neither the "Yellow Pages" name nor the logo have federal copyright
protection, or trademark registration. That is how fraudulent promoters are able
to mislead businesses and homeowners.
- Check out the company and its publication. Call your local Yellow Pages publisher,
and ask if they know the soliciting company.
- Ask for a copy of a previous directory edition.
- Ask for the online directory's web address and call advertisers in the directory
to ask if their listing has been a good buy. Business Yellow Pages customers
usually have online directory ads at no charge.
- Ask the publisher for written information about distributed areas, distribution
methods (does every local telephone customer receive it?), publishing, distribution,
and circulation figures.
- Check with your local and state consumer protection agencies to determine
publisher’s status, and complaint history. This is not a guarantee, but
it is a prudent step.
The U.S. Postal Service requires solicitations that look like invoices, bills,
or account statements to carry the following notice: THIS IS NOT A BILL. THIS
IS A SOLICITATION. YOU ARE UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO PAY THE AMOUNT STATED ABOVE
UNLESS YOU ACCEPT THIS OFFER.
For those who received invoices, contact your local
Postmaster or Postal Inspector. Their numbers are available in the blue pages
of your telephone directory. Alternatively, write: Chief Postal Inspector, United
States Postal Service Washington D.C. 20260-2100. You also can call the Mail Fraud Complaint
Center at 1-800-372-8347.
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