MEP’s call on scam listings

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SHEFFIELD-based Euro MP Linda McAvan has warned businesses, voluntary groups and charities to still be on their guard against directory scams - in which organisations have been tricked into signing what they thought was a free listing but hidden in the small print are astronomical charges.

Victims have reported being billed after the cooling off period has ended - and are then harassed and threatened with court by a stream of letters and phone calls in a bid to intimidate them into paying.