USA Media / online yellow pages fraud
Our business has been targeted for months by "U.S.A Media".
1) They apparently call, and get an unsuspecting employee to answer "yes" to some innocent question; this is used later to claim authorization for an online listing.
No initial invoice is received - only a Past Due version, many months after, so it is hard to remember the original contact call.
These contacts have to be outright crimes, because they present an invoice for services never rendered, they use the U.S. Mail to further their crime, and they then lie on the phone. One week, a man calling himself Jim Gonzalez claimed to be working for (the Yellow Pages-sounding company); weeks later, same guy says he's with a Collection Agency!
The clever part, I believe, is that the supposed link to "their" website
actually merely jumps to links associated with legitimate FREE-listing website owned by ATT; this then appears to verify a listing with them, when it really is just leaping to another website.
1) none of the contact numbers on that site match those given by the
various persons who have continued to call us, nor the numbers listed on legitimate websites.
2) Callback number given by "Jim" is [protected], but that's registered to Shalomar Productions, a shady "New Age UFO Production" in
551 N Adams Dr Mount Shasta, CA96067-9607
3) links that redirect to other listings are:
www.the2009yellowpages.com STILL is active; was apparently created thru GoDaddy.com
www.the2010yellowpages.com Goes to a dubious link for "U.S.A Media" (note missing period?) ALSO just set up thru GoDaddy
the bogus INVOICES have various return addresses:
first mail received 7/20/2009 from
130 Church St. suite #305
New York, NY 10007 "bill" for $499.99
second mail received 11/27/2009 from
507 Leap Frog Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89183 another "bill" for $499.99