Friendly entrepreneur Public Service Announcement

May 25th, 2010 by tomeast Leave a reply »

Like some of you, I have gone to the trouble of formally registering my business. In my case, I’ve registered an LLC and hope to utilize it at some point in the future. When I first registered I was inundated with junk mail offering me every type of small business service imaginable. Slowly the junk mail tapered off and since I don’t use the business on a day-to-day business, it had been mostly forgotten. Then a few weeks ago, my wife mentioned that someone had called regarding the business and wanted to make sure we wanted to continue to be listed. She had agreed to the free listing mostly out of fear that not agreeing would somehow impact the validity of my LLC. Fast forward a few weeks and I noticed that our newly received phone bill was substantially higher than usual. Looking through the pages I finally found a mysterious $49.99 “EnviromntImpact MnthyFee” billed on behalf of www.mygreensite.biz. After scratching our heads for a while, my wife and I suddenly remembered the aforementioned phone call.

I spent the next little while scouring the internet for clues about the company behind mygreensite. Googling “mygreensite.biz” turned up hundreds of carbon copy sites differing only by business name which proclaimed each particular business to be part of the “Green Business Coalition”. It was humorous to skim through some of the listings which varied from a Baptist Church to mechanics to hair salons – apparently all “green”. One of the more incriminating/informative things I stumbled upon was a telemarketer script registered with the state of Alabama. This should give you a good feel for the tactics used by this company to sign you up for their “service”. This particular script references findagreenbusiness.net which is being served from the same IP address as mygreensite.biz (along with greenbusinesscoalition.org and onlinegreendirectory.net).

After jumping through some hoops, we managed to talk to someone at the mygreensite “business” and disputed the charges. It was lucky for me that their charge was a big part of my phone bill or I likely wouldn’t have noticed it and payed the amount in which case this would probably be a much more frustrated story. So beware the phone calls offering you any type of listing service and also let others know about this borderline fraudulent activity.

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