Directory Listing Scams and Your Small Business | Federal Trade Commission

Learn about directory listing scams and what you can do to protect your business from this scam. In directory listing scams y our small business gets a call about being listed in a business directory like the Yellow Pages. They tell you “it’s free!” or “it’s just a renewal!” And they send you a bill even if you didn’t agreed. Knowing about directory listing scams will help you protect your small business. Learn more at https://www.ftc.gov/smallbusiness. ---------------------- Transcript: One day your business gets a call about being listed in a business directory like the yellow pages. They tell you it's free, or it's just a renewal. But before you know it, a bill arrives. It was a scam. They say you agreed to pay. But don't be fooled. If you didn't agree, don't pay. Learn how to spot scams against your small business and talk to your colleagues about it too. Learn more at ftc.gov/smallbusiness. ---------------------- The Federal Trade Commission deals with issues that touch the economic life of every American. It is the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy. The FTC pursues vigorous and effective law enforcement; advances consumers' interests by sharing its expertise with federal and state legislatures and U.S. and international government agencies; develops policy and research tools through hearings, workshops, and conferences; and creates practical and plain-language educational programs for consumers and businesses in a global marketplace with constantly changing technologies. Comment Moderation Policy We welcome your comments and thoughts about the information on this page. If you do have something to say, please be courteous and respectful to other commenters. We won't routinely review any comments before they are posted (except for ones that contain urls and profanity), but we will delete any comments that: 1) contain spam or are off-topic 2) use vulgar language or offensive terms that target specific groups or contain personal attacks 3) are sales pitches or promotions 4) have urls or links to commercial sites 4) spread clearly misleading or false information or 5) include personal information, like home addresses

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