Yellow Local Directory SCAM

Yellow Local Directory SCAM

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Anonymous

Spring Hill, TN

#1 Jul 21, 2011
Yellow Local Directory - contacted me in Feb '11 insisting that I owed them $499.99 for a "free" online listing for my small biz in 2007. Called me about 1/2 dozen times, but I let it go to voicemail. Sent me to a collections agency called Plaza Associates, who also tried to contact me. I read so many stories about how these companies were trying to scam people all over the US. Then I received an "invoice" from YLD and decided to strike back. Filled out a cease & desist letter (found a form online & customized it) and register receipt mailed it to their address in Mooers, NY. Included a copy of their invoice, informing them that sending a fraudulent bill via post was MAIL FRAUD. Also let them know that I'd filed complaints with the FTC, my state's consumer complaints dept. and with the BBB of Amherst, NY (that's the BBB branch that handles Mooers, NY). I told them that if they phoned me or contacted me in any way in the future, I'd sue them. The agencies that I contact have emailed me to let me know that they would be investigating the matter on my behalf and will be contacting me with updates.
Do not be bullied or harrassed into paying YLD anything. They are extortionists. Follow the steps above and report these scammers.
SPG Consultants

Montréal, Canada

#2 Jul 22, 2011
Harassing calls, threats and use of obscene language can pressurize you to the edge and moreover, a collector may embarrass you by contacting your employer or even be pursued to disburse for a debt that is not rightfully yours.
There are limits on how far telemarketers can go, that is why we provide information on how to put an end to telemarketer calls and more efficiently, how to correspond with them about your account and/or to dispute a collection action and can teach you what are your rights in terms of privacy.
You can find out more information on our website:www.spgconsultants.com
By informing each other, we protect each other
ALEX

Quezon, Philippines

#3 Aug 15, 2011
Hello everyone, I work for these people. My name is Alex. If u are looking for the people that run this busness they are located at:

CANADA
372 St. Cathrine st suite 130 downtown montreal canada. The owner name is Cal and the manager name is Marty. She goes bye the alise (Candise Hawkins)

PHILIPPINES
6th f Octagon Building San Miguel Avenue Pasig Ortigas Philippines. The co-owner name is Anthony Tao (chinese) and the manager name is Guillermo Laroco (filipino).
AND INDIA.

These people are scaming u americans every day and making millions off of u business owner by telling u lies. I am so sorry that I worked for these people b4 and the whole time I was feeling guilty for scaming you everyday and only making 12/h. DO NOT LET THESE PEOPLE SCAM U NO LONGER!!!!!!!!!! Yellow local directory is fraud!!!!!!!!!!
RON APPLIANCE STORE

Saint Joseph, MO

#4 Aug 31, 2011
WE JUST GOT TOOK AND NOW CANCELLED THE CARD THEY NEVER SENT US A BILL BUT TURNED OVER TO COLLECTIONS
WE NEVER OKED THE BILL AND IS NOT ON THEIR WEB PAGE
WE CONTACTED THE CREDIT CARD COMPANY AND THEY WERE AWARE OF THEM AND SAID THEY GET THIS OFTEN ABOUT THEM
I FELT IT WAS A SCAM BUT LISTEN TO THE RECORDING AND WE NEVER OKED THE AD WE DONT HAVE THE AD THAT WE SUPPOSE TO HAVE HAD. IT IS JUST A SCAM
Alano Club of Fresno

Fresno, CA

#5 Sep 13, 2011
Hey, they did the same thing here with a very small non-profit org. They also gave the Treasurer all kinds of sh*t when she tried to correct their error.

I am grateful that I have the wherewithall to search the internet.

There are soooooo many scams out there. Why can't scammers please get a real job like the rest of us......
Dan Orlando Fl

Windermere, FL

#6 Dec 1, 2011
They must have called us 30 times every day saying we owed an invoice... I said I wanted to see the ad... and a copy of the invoice and they said that they needed to transfer me to quality assurance so i can get a copy of the invoice.
When they did they had me recorded that I was authorizing the invoice... whenever I tried to tell them I am authorizing a copy they would transfer me back.. until "they had me saying what they wanted me to say" I must have hung up on them 20 times. To stop the harrassment I agreed to say I was authorizing the invoice so that they can send it to me and I could dispute it in writing... well now I am getting scam calls from a PRE LEGAL department stating that I owe this and they have me on recording and I need to pay. HA
I am going to figure out who and where to report these people to. I will personally figure out how to shut them down!
TnTitan

Spring Hill, TN

#8 Dec 23, 2011
Dan Orlando Fl wrote:
They must have called us 30 times every day saying we owed an invoice... I said I wanted to see the ad... and a copy of the invoice and they said that they needed to transfer me to quality assurance so i can get a copy of the invoice.
When they did they had me recorded that I was authorizing the invoice... whenever I tried to tell them I am authorizing a copy they would transfer me back.. until "they had me saying what they wanted me to say" I must have hung up on them 20 times. To stop the harrassment I agreed to say I was authorizing the invoice so that they can send it to me and I could dispute it in writing... well now I am getting scam calls from a PRE LEGAL department stating that I owe this and they have me on recording and I need to pay. HA
I am going to figure out who and where to report these people to. I will personally figure out how to shut them down!
Here's what I did to stop the letters and calls:
I wrote the company a cease and desist letter, included a copy of their "bill" and told them they were committing mail fraud. I sent it to them registered mail. I also sent one to their "legal department.". I told them that if they contacted me any more and/or this fraudulent bill affected my credit report, I'd SUE them.
Sent a copy of same letter via email to my state's consumer affairs dept, to the FTC and contacted the BBB for the company's area.
That was enough to stop them - I received a letter saying the account was cleared and that they wouldn't contact me anymore.
It makes me angry that it took so much of my time and almost $10 in registered mail costs to stop the harassment. Don't give these jokers a PENNY - do what I did and they'll go away.
TnTitan

Spring Hill, TN

#9 Dec 23, 2011
TnTitan wrote:
<quoted text>Here's what I did to stop the letters and calls:
I wrote the company a cease and desist letter, included a copy of their "bill" and told them they were committing mail fraud. I sent it to them registered mail. I also sent one to their "legal department.". I told them that if they contacted me any more and/or this fraudulent bill affected my credit report, I'd SUE them.
Sent a copy of same letter via email to my state's consumer affairs dept, to the FTC and contacted the BBB for the company's area.
That was enough to stop them - I received a letter saying the account was cleared and that they wouldn't contact me anymore.
It makes me angry that it took so much of my time and almost $10 in registered mail costs to stop the harassment. Don't give these jokers a PENNY - do what I did and they'll go away.
I'll post a copy of my cease and desist letter here in a bit - feel free to use it for your case :)
Ed Brown

Beaumont, CA

#10 Jan 13, 2012
They are doing the same to us. Got the call in July of last year for initial payment on an ad that they claimed they were running for us. Was tricked into giving my name etc over a recording. Their story later changed from one of "pay a reduced amount for previously approved ad to where they stated that our first phone call authorized them to put us into their directory. What a scam. We have an attorney who will send the Cease and Desist letter for us. Not getting a penny from us.
FRIEND

Canada

#12 Mar 20, 2012
hello everyone if you are looking to catch these people that are located at
1425 Bl rene-levesque O
suite 425
montreal,qc h3g-1t7
Marty( manager)
cal (owner)
also
1025 road 138 west
kahnawake, QC
j0l-1b0
the manager there is TRISHA BALONE she goes by the name of nicki!
Catch these people pls.....and lock thier ass up.!ITS IN CANADA.....TRISHA BALONE IS THE MANAGER LOCK HER ASS UP. TRISHA SMITH IS HER NAME ON FACEBOOK!
N45120AA

Meriden, CT

#13 Mar 29, 2012
How about we physically locate their asses and firebomb them and their families.
Quick Learner

Portland, OR

#14 Apr 3, 2012
These people are scam artists. Well, maybe just scammers is a better description. They attempted the same routine they have done hundreds of times to others all across the US. They made an error in contacting my firm.

We went along with their pitch, lies and attempted theft practices. Once they were paid money by us they were not owed, we immediately contacted our State Attorney General and got them on the case.

It took them about two months to take care of it. We of course received our money back, but more importantly, the monies back for several other people in our state also. They have now been banned from conducting any business in our state. If they do, there will be hell to pay.

Our state is also working with other states now to put the squeeze on these rats. Thank you to our State Attorney General.
Frustrated

Davenport, FL

#15 Apr 20, 2012
Just received a phone call from someone claiming that I owed for 2010 advertising for a company that I haven't owned for over 5 years. My first clue something was wrong was when the person who called started getting upset when I asked questions. Then they send you to "quality control" to verify that you want to receive the cancellation number so no new charges would be added. Of course, you have to agree to receive an invoice for previous ads. I hung up and she called again and was very upset with me. Fortunately, I "searched" them and reaffirmed my suspicions that they are just scammers. My advice: hang up! p.s. Good for you ALEX
nanalin

Westminster, CA

#16 Jul 3, 2012
Yellowlocaldirectory has been calling me for 3 years. They said my husband agreed to this $499.99 ad over the phone. WE DO NOTHING over the phone. When I ask to hear the recording, they hang up and call back in a few months. Now today I get papers faxed to me stating I'm now in collections. The phone number to collections is NO GOOD. The zip codes on all envelopes don't match the city of the addresses, the phone numbers don't match the area codes, its a MESS. How do these thiefs get away with this? Wehave been on the computer so many times trying to find this so called web Page, NOTHING??? It's sick out there.
irene

Palos Hills, IL

#18 Jan 19, 2013
same thing happened to me. I contaced the better business bureau and they soon responded saying not to pay te bill. when i told them i was concerned with them reporting it to credit beaureu, they assured me that this would not reflect on my credit history. i have ignored every letter they sent me since. the only problem i have with this is that now i dont know when there is a ligitimate advertising phone call so i dont even want to talk to them on the phone. if they come to my office in person then i will consider advertising.
Lumber company in Oregon

Portland, OR

#19 Aug 27, 2013
A recording of my former employee was played for me to hear. The recording has been tampered with. The same tone for the "YES" response to questions over and over. Pro tools trickery.
Bryan Foster is the agent (fake name I am sure). Local Business Yellow Pages is how the company is representing itself.
Offered a discounted buyout of the "delinquent account". First tip off. No company is willing to drop the account for 1/2 the cost on a first infraction.
Calling the Attorneys General for Florida to report this one.
InvoiceChecker

Montréal, Canada

#20 Oct 25, 2013
You should check out InvoiceChecker.com . They offer some amazing services to help you battle these telemarketing companies.

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