Reported in the Antiques Trade Gazette this week, antique dealers are still being conned by scam advertising companies. The European City Guide has been flooding antique dealers with offers of free listings in their guide. However, when antique dealers sign up, they are then conned into large amounts of expensive advertising that they don’t want.
A campaigning support group called Stop the European City Guide! (StopECG) reports that as many of these scam advertising companies close, more open and it is advising people who have been caught up in these scams to ignore threats for payment from any companies under criminal investigation. Also, none of these companies so far have taken anyone who refuses to pay the requested fees to court. The European Parliament is considering measures to combat these advertising directory companies who mislead customers then chase them for exorbitant payments for advertising that they do not want.
The Daily Mirror wrote an article about these advertising scams as far back as the beginning of 2006. At that time The European City Guide were trying to silence StopECG although the campaigner was successfully managing to find other web hosts who were not afraid to fight against this scam advertiser.
The Antiques Trade Gazette is also advising antique dealers not to sign up for anything without first reading the small print.
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