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Firms alerted as false comapny scam nets £10,000

PUBLISHED: 13:44 06 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:21 23 August 2010

SCHOOLS and businesses across the county have been warned about a bogus advertising offer. Conmen presenting themselves as representatives from Yellow Pages have been tricking groups into sending cheques of up to £600 to a German bank account or W1 Londo

SCHOOLS and businesses across the county have been warned about a bogus advertising offer.

Conmen presenting themselves as representatives from Yellow Pages have been tricking groups into sending cheques of up to £600 to a German bank account or W1 London address.

The ruse was discovered by Westminster City Council officers, who seized cheques totalling around £10,000 sent from across the UK to false company The Yellow Pages 24.

Kent Trading Standards officers have been alerted and are warning people to check details carefully as the invoices appear authentic.

Marion Ward, from Kent Trading Standards, said: "What they are doing is sending you an invoice, often by email, leading you to believe you owe between £600 and £700 but actually you do not.

"We are asking business, schools and nursing homes in Kent just to check. Don't pay it just because someone says."

Westminster Trading Standards official Sue Jones warned that the amount discovered could be "just the tip of the iceberg," with other variations on the Yellow Pages title potentially also being used. A spokesman for Yell, publisher of Yellow Pages directories and responsible for Yell.com, said: "We don't hesitate to take legal action if necessary to protect our brand and safeguard our registered trade marks.

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