World Business Register Scam

World Business Register Scam

World Business Register Emails

world-business-registerwell, its that time of the year again when people with current domains get targetted by misleading companies who give the impression that your already listed with them by using words like “time to renew” etc… and often these companies say its free to join or whatever but then get you on the small print for 900 quid!
last year we had clients of ours come in to us with their chequebook ready to pay these guys!! Naturallywe put a stop to that! So this time here is the email that is going around –


See the text pasted below: why would they not know your companies name? why ladies and gentlemen? why would you be in a dutch directory!! and also they say updating is free- you can be sure in a few weeks a similar one will come round to renew and you will be caught out having  ‘updated’  – thus registered with them!!

We recommend you simply DELETE it from your inbox! and think about it no more…

This one has conditions that if you sign it you agree to pay 995 euro for a year and it will auto renew every year! DO NOT SIGN THIS!!!

Ladies and Gentlemen.

In order to have your company inserted in the registry of World Businesses
for 2009/2010 edition, please print, complete and submit the enclosed
form (PDF file) to the following address:

P.O. Box 2021
3500 GA Utrecht
The Netherlands

FAX: +31 20 524 8107


  • Holly
    May 28, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Thank-you so much for posting this. There it was in the small print on the bottom, 995 euros! You saved me heartache that I did not need.

  • Stan
    June 1, 2009 at 3:31 am

    Thanks a lot! Just got this scam email and decided to look up this service in the internet. Fortunately, found information on your site.

    Thanks again,

  • Jeff
    June 5, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    I am very happy that there are sites like this that pop up on Google before others. It is nice to see people going out of their way to protect others.
    Thank you.

  • Pep
    June 15, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    I already sign and stamped, today I am in trouble – I received the invoice. Should I pay?

  • Jupiter
    June 18, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Hi Pep,

    We have been receiving invoices from these guys. See this site for advice:

  • William
    July 30, 2009 at 11:07 am

    They got us too, the scoundrils!

    We have recieved several threatening letters demanding payment, which we have not paid and will not pay.
    Others be warned

  • Andrash
    September 11, 2009 at 6:28 am

    Thank You for this article. I received this scam, too. I Googled it and Your site was the first that was listed. It helped me very much.

    Thank You again and keep up the good work!

  • Brendan
    September 15, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    Thank you bla bla bla whatever…

    You would need to be a complete RETARD to sign a mail like that!! Jesus! COme on people! It’s not like it spam scams were invented yesterday!!

  • Neil
    September 25, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Thanks for the article. Had received the email also and was considering responding to it, but googled and found your site.

    Thanks again saved me some heartache.

  • michael fantacci
    October 16, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    I got today the WBR scam letter. Years ago, the same thing was the European City Guide, I had unfortunately sent back the signed copy, was billed an absurd amount, went to my lawyer, he said pay up. I got on the interenet and found out the scam had appeared before the italian fair trade commission where it was declared fradulent and misleading advertising, so I never paid a cent thought got letters from credit companies in switzerland for years that I simply threw away till they stopped. Isn’t time the EEC get on the ball and stop this nonsense with various clones? Before this there was the Word Business Guide…

  • Sam Deeks
    November 14, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Hi all, well done for highlighting this (and Jules Woodell’s excellent site). I’ve blogged quite a bit about World Business Directory and Expo Guide too. If you’re worried, take a look at all the comments on the following two posts:

    They should reassure you quite a bit

  • Chris Kettle
    January 14, 2010 at 11:42 am

    We too have been harrasses by these dirty little scammers. We have not paid anything other than the postage to spain. 🙁
    We are being threatened for 4000 EUROs.
    They are making a lot of money from decent hardworking business men.

    Why can they not be stopped… We need to group together. We run a cheap international calls service, and need our phone lines free for customer support not for scam lines!

  • Ivan Trgovcevic
    February 9, 2010 at 8:47 am

    I’ve just recieved this e-mail, fortunately Google and your post confirmed my doubts…

  • Dave Jones
    February 13, 2010 at 8:49 am

    I am a sole trader so they have probably got my email off a legit directory on the net. Always suspecious of any email without my name on the top. Not even gonna “unsubscribe” as this will just confirm my email address.

    Dodgy dodgy scammers – can’t stand them!

  • A Weaver
    June 29, 2010 at 6:10 am

    Hey any email with the address Robert Mueller or any variation is a scam…have gotten many about having an inheritance..and now all of a sudden this person is attatched to the FBI…so plz be aware!

  • Elaine Seah
    December 20, 2010 at 3:32 am

    This is infuriating and such a disgrace. I thought the email is genuine and almost signed up since it is free. My email was from a lady named Sandra Peterson.

  • david
    December 26, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Thanks for the heads up, I came online to find this business direct. but instead found your invaluable warning.


  • Deb McDonald
    December 28, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Thank You!!!! I almost fell for it.
    Great resource to check out requests such as this one.

  • Brian Keeley
    January 27, 2011 at 5:43 am

    I found your site on a Google search. Good to know someone is watching these conmen and women.

  • Solange
    January 28, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Got scammed! Can’t believe I fell for those monkeys. We got the first invoice and so of course I sent them an email to cancel and then called. It was the unprofessional manner of the employee Julia George that tipped me off and I finally went online to look up who else had been affected by those parasites. THANKS FOR SITES LIKE YOURS:

  • T Roberts
    February 2, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    If you visit – you will see thousands of scams originate from the Netherlands- They are also famous for sending scam mail ((via the post) to elderly people who they then trick and threaten into keeping quiet- emptying their bank accounts and even selling their homes. I would advise anyone with elderly friends and relatives to visit this site- it is truly shocking.
    PS… They buy mailing lists from companies who categorise those over 65- they know who they are going for- the older the better and those with declining mental health are sitting ducks.
    One scam was making £35 million a year.

  • Clover Jean (@Cloversings4you)
    January 23, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Thank you Cada Media LTD for answering my questions about the latest e-mail scam. World Business List Registration 2015/16, Utrecht The Netherlands;

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