News Release: Pam Bondi Press Office
July 14, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office and the Federal Trade Commission filed lawsuits against multiple business directory companies for scams that allegedly charge consumers for business directory or advertising services they did not order. The owners of these companies purportedly collect between $200 and $1,800 from each consumer in what the companies claim are business directory fees, yet consumers claim these services were never authorized and in many cases the “listing” was either not present or inaccurate. More than 600 consumers filed complaints with various entities about the businesses. The businesses sued are as follows: Your Yellow Pages, Inc., Rapid Pages, Inc. also d/b/a Rapid Yellow Pages, City Pages, Inc. also d/b/a City Yellow Pages and Online City Yellow Pages, 7051620 Canada, Inc. d/b/a Nationwide Marketing Bureau, Inc., National Business Advertising, National Biz Ads, and Yellow Business Ads.
"I urge Florida consumers and businesses to watch for unauthorized charges on invoices. We will continue to pursue illegitimate businesses that seek to deceive consumers into giving up their hard-earned dollars,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.
The lawsuits allege that the defendants misrepresented that consumers had a preexisting business relationship, had agreed to purchase a listing in the defendants’ business directory, and owed money to the defendants for a listing in defendants’ business directories.
The lawsuits seek an injunction prohibiting the defendants from engaging in any deceptive business directory business, restitution on behalf of consumers, civil penalties of $10,000 for each violation of Florida’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act, $15,000 for each violation where the victim is a senior citizen, and reimbursement for fees and costs related to the investigation. The New York Attorney General’s Office assisted with this investigation.
Consumers may file a complaint or fill out an affidavit about these companies or others by visiting the Attorney General’s website at This LINK or by calling the fraud hotline at 1-866-966-7226.
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