This type of fraud involves contacting businesses offering advertising space in a diary or booklet. The fraudulent companies will try to pressurise customers to purchase advertising space and will claim to represent emergency services or charitable organisations.
- There will usually be no official link between the publishing company and the organisation it claims to represent.
- Even if you refuse to take advertising space, often an invoice and a copy of the publication will follow with the threat of legal action. Many businesses will pay the invoice rather than engage in legal proceedings.
- Be wary of cold calls and unsolicited invoices.
Publication fraud has now progressed to fraudsters pretending to be bailiffs and applying pressure tactics by telling victims they owe money to the court. The victims then transfer money into the suspects bank account sometimes even when they're not sure they have ever agreed to placing an advert in a magazine. Please do NOT send money to these fraudsters.
Avoiding Bogus Publication Fraud
Beware anyone claiming to represent any of the following:
- Rescue Services
- 999 Services
- Rehabilitation projects
Always note the name of any contact and the time and date which they called. Ask exactly who they are working for and what exactly you are getting. Ensure your accounts department/payment officer is aware of unsolicited invoices. Your local trading standards department are responsible for dealing with complaints of this kind. More information can be found here: