Judging by the massive increase in traffic my site has seen in the past few days I’m guessing that the “legal” firm Waldberg & Hirsch Global Collections must have sent out many letters to businesses scammed by the Euro Business Guide.
If you have received a letter from the “good” people at Waldberg & Hirsch Global Collections here’s a what you should do:
Yep, you heard me right. Sit back, relax, don’t worry one bit, and get on with running your business. And feel safe that nothing more will come of this. Why? Because this company, and the people behind it, rely on fear in order to make their corrupt living. Don’t be afraid, and don’t even acknowledge these people. Simply ignore them at every turn, and soon they will have no more victims to prey on.
Thanks for your comments.
I got same thing from European Business Guide and saying I have to pay Euro990 because I signed their form for advertisement.I have advised here one company that I did not signed any form of European Business guide.Now they are issuing legal notice.They have sent me one letter with enclosed one signed form as claiming my sign while I have found it is falsed.I clarified to them that it was not of mine.They have sent me mail one after one and lastly I suggested your form having wrong as you have written financial issue at the bottom of the form in unreadable view which is not readable.If you feel it is my sign, then you may proceed to delete it and stop sending mail as we do not want enlisted in to your guide.
Comment by Aminul Islam — November 10, 2009 @ 12:07 pm
We’ve been having the same experience. In our case a staff member probably signed the form thinking it was a free service because it says in bold type “Updating is free of charge”. The bit that says we are committing to three years subscription at GBP960 per year is almost illegible. We are ignoring them because even if we end up with a poor credit rating in the UK, Netherlands, Nevis – West Indies and Roumania (all the places connected with World Business Directory) it will not affect us. We are a small not-for-profit organisation in Western Australia helping people with disabilities get into sustainable employment.
Comment by Colin Mellows — December 16, 2009 @ 1:36 am
The EU Business Service Ltd., sent to me unsolicited email with an attachment of ‘Updating is free’. As such, I have filled and sent the information. Now from ‘Waldberg & Hirsch Golobal collection’ sent legal notice to us. I am very sad on their actions. Do you have any information, is any Government of any nation has banned this company for their unethical and fradulant business
Comment by Honest Raj Unni Krishnan — January 3, 2010 @ 2:06 pm
I run a small company in Macau and my experience is the same as the other companies’. My question is: where are their offices? Do they have any? And if I want to sue them how could I do it? (By the way, has anybody ever tried to contact them personally or to sue them?)
Comment by Luis — February 8, 2010 @ 6:13 am
World Business Directory In July 2009 this company was first contacted by email by the above company soliciting us to provide details of our company for an entry in the World Business Guide. We did not respond. Following a further email in November 2009 as “Updating is free of charge” I completed the attached form and faxed it to the address provided. We subsequently received an invoice dated 30/11 09 for EUR 995 for the entry. Since that date we have received numerous emails and faxes demanding payment including late payment and legal fees, none of which has been paid. I have emailed the World Business Directory on occasions explaining why I do not intend to pay their invoice but despite that the deluge of correspondence from them continues. I contend that their approach was a request for an update of an entry into their guide which was free of charge. I would never have made an entry into such a publication if I had understood there was to be any charge, let alone EUR 995. In the circumstances I would like to register the strongest possible complaint against World Business Directory and anything your organisation can do to stop this scam for other would be advertisers would be welcome.
Comment by Jon Halse — February 26, 2010 @ 12:47 pm
Thank you. I worked out that it was a scam and am very glad that you have this site available. What helped to save me was that the World Business Guide copied another potential victim in an email to me in error, they got our names mixed up. I was then able to contact this other potential victim who is a representative from an international accounting firm and he confirmed what I suspected: World Business Guide is a scam! They were in the process of trying to hoodwink one of his clients and they were simply ignoring the WBG threats. So I wrote WBG and told them that I was going to report them to our Fraud Squad (Trinidad & Tobago) and international agencies as well as refer them to our lawyers. Haven’t heard from them since. Got a letter from W&H today dated Feb 19, 2010 with all sorts of additional fees, etc. and a recipient account in Tortola – need I say more?
Comment by Mark White — March 23, 2010 @ 2:19 pm
Post Script: I am going to circulate this information to the Advertising Agencies Association of Trinidad and Tobago of which I am President, and our various Chambers and other business associations.
Comment by Mark White — March 23, 2010 @ 2:21 pm
We have got several invoices EUR 990 and now + fee for me not paying the first one. I have also,back in december 2008 got an written cancellation note from the manager in the company EU Business Guide, mr Boot, that they would not send me any further invoices.But still- they keep on coming,now we are in april 2010. Can you belive!!! I have tried to call them without any result-e-mail are coming in return. My last invoice they told me that my dept will now be transfered to Waldberg&Hirsch. I spend TOO much time on this,and it`s frustrated. HELP.
Comment by Randi Bru — April 6, 2010 @ 9:46 am
ignore them enjoy with cd and thrown in the bin, when the letter comes from there debt collector Waldberg & Hirsch Global Debt Collections Ltd used there letter as writing pad and making paper aeroplanes,when they email you asked them if they call you give your mobil no once they call you starts laught show them as they seem as a joker…………..relex guys just relex the are scammers……dont take these things serious…………………..
Comment by ray — June 28, 2010 @ 11:34 pm
One small company in Bulgaria have the same problem. EU Business guide i nothing more than a joke. Don’t take it so hard.
Comment by Angel — July 27, 2010 @ 6:48 am
We too have been scammed by these mongrels, we run a very small charter boat company in New Zealand. We recently filled in their form as it said update is free. We have since been inundated with demands for paymnet despiyte having told them from the very first day that we did not want to sign up for anyhting that costs money. We now have demands from Waldberg and Hirsch, I’m at my wits end as to what to doabout it. We do not have the kind of money they demand and also do not want to be with them. Also, w have looked on the world business directory and cannot find any mention of us anyway!!
Not sure what to do now, they will have to come and prise the money out of my cold dead hands. BASTARDS
Comment by Jim and Terri — August 2, 2010 @ 7:26 am
We have also been informed by our solicitor that they have very little weight behind them, being a business outside of our country, they would have to take their claim to the NZ high Court before enabling to go further. We have been advised to write to them,once and only once, notifying that they have mis-lead us etc etc and that we will not be further involved with them. This has to be registered post. Unfortunately this costs around $30 ontop of our solcitors fee, so we still loose out.
Comment by Jim and Terri — August 2, 2010 @ 9:01 am
It seems not many people have not tried to contact the debt collectors (in our case the letter was from a “Waldberg & Hirsch). I have just rang them and i got through and left a message for the secretary to investigate. I will updtae this post as to the out come
Comment by andy — August 9, 2010 @ 12:32 pm
they are indeed crooks and when you tell them this they say this is libelous! An email address is email@example.com she never gives her family name and she is in Timisoara,Western Romania (check IP addresses on her replies) but gives a Spanish phone and fax number but this is just a diverted number as world company register have a spanish and dutch (utrecht) PO Boxes as covers to try and trick people.. Don’t pay!
Comment by Christopher Bingham — August 20, 2010 @ 8:36 am
Hello, Our story started in april 2010 when we received a invoice of 980 Euro. We have dispute the invoice with many e-mails and fax. Now we have received a fax from Waldberg & Hirsch. We will NOT pay a single cent to this crime company.
Comment by Gunnar Anserius — August 26, 2010 @ 7:52 am
These crooks have been plaguing me for two years now after I unwittingly signed and faxed off their form in 2008 innocently thinking it was a free service provided by the EU (I always read the tiniest of print now!). Today I received a letter from Waldbirgh & Hirsch demanding €1724 within 15 days or they will start legal action. I will never pay this – the whole thing is a complete scam. I can’t understand why the authroties in Holland or Nevis or wherever they are don’t close them down.
Comment by Charles Goodger — October 1, 2010 @ 2:51 pm
We aslo have been scammed by World Business guide. We run a very small furniture business in Russia. We filled their form because all information about cost was deliberately hiden. We had some invoices and even phone calls from this Guide and we said we are not in the mood to pay for such doubtful service. We have a letter from Waldberg and Hirsch now, and they want us to pay 1929 EUR ! I would like to see how they can do it! So, I wish you to relax and enjoy being in the database of WORLD BUSINESS GUIDE free of charge !))
Comment by Uliana — October 3, 2010 @ 1:03 pm
I also be a victom of World Business Directory/ London England. I am an Author and self publisher of my only book, disributed in London England, I slided into their database of World Business Dictionairy ‘free of charge,” an EU suggestion I thought , no mentioned any price or cost’s involved. They even have the guts ,today I received a fax with renueal for 2010, ( NO requested form to do so was issued ) Since 2 years Waldberg & Hirsch wants to collect money, never received an invoice ectr, they should be ashamed of their conduct ,the name Waldberg & Hirsch says it all WHO they are, the scam artist’s in the world. I have ignored so far since 2 years their bombardment. I just prepared all my documents to show them, that I did not owe NOTHING to W>B>D, until I finally saw your display on the Internet, and that I am not alone. I am joining you all now and relax and go on with my decent life I have conducted (also in business ) over 60 years on this beautiful earth, getting so unbaerable ” rotten” ( people ) Vasitha p.S What a relieve, knowing , that the Universal Law ( the Will of our Creator )in the reciprocal action, (self acting Law )gives ” back ” the same to those, what they have done to their fellow man.
Comment by Dita Wegman — October 20, 2010 @ 7:23 pm
Gentlemen, a question. If the statement is not worth printing, whether it is considered in court? After all, the name, phone number and website can be found on the Internet.
Comment by Igor — November 24, 2010 @ 8:57 pm
Architecte naval, j’ai été piégé par “world company register” : j’ai reçu un mail proposant de m’inscrire FREE en gros caractères. J’ai signé dans ce but à ma grande honte. Je ne parle pas facilement anglais mais je comprend FREE. un mois et demi plus tard jai reçu un avis de paiement de 950 euros avec les termes d’un contrat qui stipule que j’avais 7 jours pour me désister ! J’ai reçu avec ce courrier un CD totalement illisible qiu, je suppose devait vanter les mérites de cette compagnie… Evidemment je n’ai rien payé. Je suis un peu soulagé de voir que je ne suis pas le seul dans ce cas et que nous avons bien affaire à des escrocs. Merci
Comment by balta — November 29, 2010 @ 10:15 am
Hello and Happy New Year from Greece everyone! Our comapny has also been targeted by the Euro scammers but with a different alias “World Company Register” and “International Directories Group” with PO Boxes in Spain and the Netherlands. They claim to be registered in the British Virgin Islands and the founder of said offshore a Mr. Cornelis Boot (that really cracked me up). They are STILL sending their threatening e-mails and faxes (just received two more today), they even sent one invoice “reminder” by post just before Xmas (must be getting desperate). These organised extortionists prey mercilessly on small business owners and it seems that most of their victims are non-native speakers of English. I hope that seeing your postings here will finally convince our CFO that this whole thing is just a crock of BS – she actually wanted to pay them off to avoid late fees!!! for a product that doesn’t exist!!!
Comment by Victoria Voreadi — January 11, 2011 @ 1:32 pm
Our company is called Global Business Register Limited. We are legally registered in Ireland and our business involves the selling and distribution of official company information that is sourced from the national company registers around Europe. We are an official distributor for the EBR (European Business Register). EBR is an official EU organisation involved in the integration of business registers across Europe. (http://www.ebr.org)
We would wish to advise your readers that our company should not be confused with either World Company Register or World Business Directory or EU Business Directory. We have no association whatsoever with any of them and wish to clearly state that we do not condone in any way the activities of these organisations.
It is free to use our service to search for company information and should you wish to order an official document on a company there is a small fee associated with that. We do not offer to include any company in a directory and charge fee for it.
If anyone would like further information I would be very happy to help them with their query.
Comment by Rob L — February 4, 2011 @ 5:10 pm
hey folks! I know where is their location- in Timisoara, Romania- 1 DECEMBRIE 43 Steet-so if anyone wants to do something about it-now is the time. & They are doing scams and nothing is legal -don’t worry about paying your money to them-in Romania-for a document to be legal a lawyer has to be present at the time when both parts sign or stamp the document-This company is registered on the name of Carmen Ispas and she is the CEO of this bullshit company-Andreea Bujorescu is one of the office managers and Ramona Ditac is one as well. The boss of this company lives in Netherlands and so does their lawyer. check it on google and just write the new name of the company and u can see everything S.C. Media directories SRL- they change it all the time so that the cops won’t find them.
Comment by Alan — March 7, 2011 @ 7:16 pm
We too have been scammed by this. We are a small North American non-profit in the broadcasting business and do have some European business matters. Upon receiving the EU Business Register form I filled it out and figured it “couldn’t hurt” as it clearly said at the top “updating is free of charge.” Moreover, we receive lots of these business directory listings and I’ve never seen the harm in filling them out to help get our name out there.
Like everyone else, we were invoiced about a week later. The emails and faxes continued almost daily for about a month. I made many efforts to contact a mythical “Ms. Alexandra” at the organization, but the email provided never worked. I faxed the organization many times and never heard back. Moreover, when I called their “call centre” number, I just got a facsimilie noise. I did all I could do to immediately let this organization know that we have no intention of paying their invoice and that we felt we were “tricked” into it. However, any attempt to contact them was never responded to (or didn’t work).
I too have now received a letter from Waldberg & Hirsch asking for Euro 1429 immediately or legal action begins in 15 days. I plan on ignorig it, especially in light of what I’ve now read above.
Curious, has anyone ever seen an actual copy of the EU Business Register or is it a mere front for this and doesn’t really even exist?
Comment by Jaosn Paris — April 11, 2011 @ 5:03 pm
Thank you EVERYONE for putting my mind at rest, I was beginning to get worried having now been sent a letter for 1400 euros!
Comment by Sharon McCormick — April 17, 2011 @ 12:28 pm
Warn all your friends, a waste of time and fax paper. Don`t pay!!!
Comment by Witalij Rudnicki — April 27, 2011 @ 4:26 pm
They are so annoying! calls and mail I have told them to their faces they are spamsters, liars, thieves etc
Comment by Gary — May 3, 2011 @ 1:53 pm
its grazy, i made an official complain by the police in UTRECHT because there is where this people operate from but they even did not call me back after many times!
I think MANY IBIZA companies get this letters! so somebody must have a connection with this SCAM PEOPLE
Comment by ibizamanagement — May 10, 2011 @ 5:16 pm
We are an Indian company & we are also victim of them, we have not paid any thing, but we are receiving continuously reminders by fax, post e-mail & phones. Can we take legal action against them? we have find so many week points of them & sent a letter quoted all the things. How can we stop them?
Comment by CHSIND — May 18, 2011 @ 3:06 pm
Let them do whatever they can do. I have printed many records from the internet and people being tricked by them.
Let them take us all to court, all of us together!
Let’s look at the facts 1. They are using SPAM mail to trap more innocent subscribers 2. Their website have been blacklisted – see Facebook group 3. Their advertising and subscription form is misleading 4. You are unable to speak to a proper department / company when you call them 5. They don’t reply on legal written queries
Comment by Eghardt — May 23, 2011 @ 11:10 pm
also victim since dec. last year… can the european court not stop these people.. it is very ennoying,.as mail and letters keep on streaming in.. as they dont seem to give up, this morning after 5 months trying,. they send me last and final warning. waldberg & Kirsh. for the amount of 1929 €, it must cost them a fortune to send these letters out ! i do what you and my lawyer says.. no reply no reaction.. ! still i waant this to stop.- as my business partner is taking this very seriously and thinks i will have to pay at the end.
Comment by marleen gosselin — May 25, 2011 @ 11:11 am
I have received calls from the credit department by the name of Ms Christine. She has been calling every week and fax every week to demand for payment. She mentioned that if we do not pay there will be a legal charge and it will be total of Euro $2000. What should i do? How can I ensure that she doesn’t anymore? I appreciate your help.
Comment by Sherine — May 25, 2011 @ 2:12 pm
I work for a charity and we have paid them by mistake. I was hoping to get the money back. Is there any way to bring those people to justice?
Comment by Max — May 25, 2011 @ 4:11 pm
Hello everybody, unfortunatelly I have joined the club as well. We’re still getting the letters from Waldberg & Hirsch (it’s been a year now) where Mr. Van Ruler demands a payment of 1929 Euro. My question would be – is there anything I can do so we stop getting spammed by these letters (we’ve been ignoring it as most of you suggest but it’s quite frustrating…) Is there any way? Thanks, Gabriela
Comment by Gabriela — June 1, 2011 @ 2:56 pm
As with all of the above comments we are receiving letter after letter from both EU Business Diretory and Waldberg & Hirsch (Global Collections Ltd), A huge scam…do not even think about handing over any monies. We are a small company based in Spain and have no intentions of handing over any money and we really hope that the peolpe of these two ‘Companies’ do take us to court – it should be a good day out !
Comment by Chris — June 3, 2011 @ 10:48 am
We have been targeted as well and we are not paying. I hope enough people see this before falling for their scam.
Comment by Tanja — June 6, 2011 @ 6:50 pm
Sorry to hear that the scammers are still at it – sadly that means that people like unfortunate Max are still sending them money. I was never able to get through to anyone via the phone numbers they give, only answering/fax machines.
What we did to combat the harassment was to report all of their e-mail addresses and associated URLs to our internet service provider, and to add them to the “blocked” list in our firewall settings -they may still be sending them but my in-box is no longer filling up with them!
We have never been contacted by phone, but what I would do would be to file a complaint with my telecom provider about the offending telephone numbers – if enough people do it they will take action. In the complaint be sure to clearly explain the nature and frequency of the harassment as well as any phone numbers you have identified with caller ID – if they are using an undisclosed number then make a log of the exact dates and times of the calls so they can be traced.
Comment by Victoria — June 14, 2011 @ 1:01 pm
Ah and in order to take legal action there has to be an actual legal entity to take that action against. It will cost you a fortune to track down who is actually behind the BVI offshore with the pseudonym “Cornelis Boot”.
Why spend your hard earned money??? Like many here say – let them take you to court (so far I haven’t heard of anyone actually being taken to court) They can extradite all of us to the British Virgin Islands for a holiday!
Comment by Victoria — June 14, 2011 @ 1:06 pm
Note that the owners of the phone numbers are individuals who very likely are not away that what they are doing is punishable by law in many places.
As for the Police in Utrecht (or Madrid as their other aliases use) have no company locally to prosecute – only PO Boxes – for the authorities to “stake out” a Post box to see who is collecting the mail a felony must have been committed – or it must be a matter of national security.
Harassment doesn’t cut it.
One guy suggested something funny like sending a 12MB picture of a rubbish bin to all of their e-mail addresses every 15 minutes for a week…
I’m just trying to get back to work!
Comment by Victoria — June 14, 2011 @ 1:15 pm
Let them send you post, it costs them more to post than it does for you to throw the letters out.
If the get a dept agency onto you, go to your local police station and report it.
If they bring you to court, they have to show up, tell the police and have them arrested at the courthouse.
Comment by Colin O' Brien — January 3, 2012 @ 7:09 pm
I head a national church organisation and had a request from these fraudsters and thought it was from the EU and hurriedly said yes. I cant even remember filling anything, unless one of my staff did, only to be slammed with an invoice. Immediately I knew something was wrong and wrote back to them to explain. But they insisted that by my saying yes I had accepted the terms and conditions. I told them i needed to have signed such a contract that would involve exchange of funds. On my own i decided to ignore them. But they kept pestering, until I googled their name and found they were a scam, and that I ws not alone. Then they added the dimension of this debt collection company, and I decided to google as well and found this… Thank God I can now relax. I will soon block them from sending me messages.
Comment by Rev Bassey — February 29, 2012 @ 6:09 pm
I am another victim of WBG. I signed the letter with Free splashed all over it so I felt obliged to pay the first year of €995.00 (hard earned) to WBG. We paid in installments and the last installment bounced back to us twice as they kept changing their bank details. As they did not received the last payment they are now sending us letters saying that we are locked into a further year of €995.00, despite the fact that they have proof of us sending the final installment to the bank details that they have given us. They have sent Walberg & Hirsch Global collections letters to us and are extremely intimidating. Please help with advice if you have some.
Comment by Niamh — March 9, 2012 @ 11:47 am
We have joined the FREE listing advertisement before for two of our hotels where they put our Hotel name and also address on their listing but they mentioned for FREE. And suddenly they sent us invoice with this amount which made us so weird and wondering if this is correct or not. And to be honest we don’t get any prove for the FREE listing as for the documentation. And make us think if this is one of SPAM / FRAUD which try to get the “fish” from millions of emails they sent out. The company from the first they offered was from SPAIN but the bank where they asked for payment in HOLLAND. We always ignore this email, since last year they said will charge and fine us with the certain amount but till now we still get the invoice with the same amount and always change the contact person all the time.
Comment by Butterfly — March 10, 2012 @ 3:33 pm
This is the mails I am getting please some one do some legal action against this company
they are just giving us the streess and killing our time what to do why they are after money that thaey know that our hardearned money how can we give them
is hereby informed that EU Business Services Ltd. has not received payment or confirmation of payment in the amount of EUR 1124,-.
One year description EUR 990,- Late Payment Fee EUR 99,- Administration Fee EUR 35,- Total EUR 1124, - (excluding VAT)* *No VAT is invoiced for E.C. customers. For customers (enterprisers) from the EU: “VAT moved to entrepreneur”.
Unless you govern yourself accordingly within the following days, the above-mentioned debt will be forwarded on the 02nd of April, 2012 to the following debt management and collection company: Waldberg & Hirsch Global Collections Ltd. Herengracht 518, 1017 CC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Payment will be made to the following bank account:
Bank: UNICREDIT BULBANK, Sofia, Bulgaria IBAN: BG17UNCR70001519985205 SWIFT: UNCRBGSF A/c#: 1519 9852 05
Please state clearly your invoice number. Bank charges for sender.
In case of non-payment, EU Business Services Ltd. informs you that additional legal fee in the amount of EUR 300, – will be added to the amount already due.
Ms Anne Account Manager EU Business Services Ltd. Phone: +31 208 080 789 Fax: +31 205 248 107
Comment by Mustan — March 19, 2012 @ 11:18 am
I am another victim. No intentions of paying, when they call I laugh down the phone until they eventually hang up. Email, letters and fax are all thrown in the bin. Doesn’t bother me in the slightest. As so many have said before, there is NO WAY that they will take you to court.
Find the funny side of it if you can!
Comment by Eugene — March 27, 2012 @ 4:42 pm
Guys, I just received a letter from this Waldberg&Hirsch bluffers. Fortunately, I know several compenies here in Croatia that informed me just to ignore everything conected to all those scumbags (EU Business Services and Waldberg), because they can`t do absolutely nothing.
Comment by Ivan — April 6, 2012 @ 1:22 pm
This company really annoying,send Fax and letter every another day,is their anyone can stop them?
Comment by Eden — April 18, 2012 @ 10:46 am
I was JUST about to call ‘Waldberg & Hirsch Global Collections Ltd’ to explain my case (and find a solution), that it is all a misunderstanding, that I signed a simple form from EU Business Services Ltd, World Business Media Ltd, or whatever they call themselves, truly and with good intentions believing it was a free service as there was NO mentioning of cost or payment. Then I thought I should look up their services on-line before calling, and I find this website – THANK YOU ALL! Now I feel much more relaxed, and I will do nothing.
Best wishes to you and your businesses! Sofia
Comment by Sofia — April 19, 2012 @ 12:17 pm
We are receiving letter after letter from both EU Business Diretory and Waldberg & Hirsch (Global Collections Ltd),we are not going to pay.
Comment by Jacqueline — May 10, 2012 @ 9:18 am
Hi all, thank you all for sharing your experiences. I have more of the same. These people have been stalking me for more than a year now. Refusing to state their full name and the name of anyone in their management. But still – the whole story sometimes gives you a worrying feeling…. they will however not get a cent from me either!
I liked Victotia’s idea of going to BVI!
Comment by Ulf Jonsson — May 14, 2012 @ 8:48 am
I am relieved after seeing this email. after receiving tens of email messages and letters thought the post. i get the one from Walderrg and Hirsch.
Originally i had thought it is scam when they wrote to me the first letter and email and i replied to them that they should immediately disregard he listing and remove it as I did not know which of the many volunteers did this without the notice of the community that owns the Ruboni community camp. This letter made feel like it is real. I was planning to go and meet my legal adviser but had to first look up on the internet. Thanks for this website. i was really stressed.
Comment by Ferdinand — May 15, 2012 @ 10:28 pm
Similar experiences – I’m aiming to get as much detail from them if they call and then send it to Interpol. Also if the address listed above is accurate I think they might benefit from some interesting letters back.
This sort of cowboy outfit can only keep going if people pay them, so if you are considering sending a cheque – my advice is PLEASE DON’T
Our trading standards office has sent me an email clearly outlining why EU Business Directory will not sue and why Waldberg and Hirsch have no legal mandate to recover monies. It is a confidence trick and works on people’s fear and desire to do the right thing. Something Ms Christine (or whoever it is) knows nothing about.
I am now blocking their emails and re-cycling their letters, confident that there is more chance of Waldberg and Hirsch receiving considerate business prize of the year than there is of me having to pay them a penny.
Comment by Planet — May 27, 2012 @ 10:55 am
Hi, i have been in the same situation since early 2012 by signing free ad with them and since then, calls, e-mails, faxes and now they refered me to the same famous Waldberg & Hirsch Global Collections Ltd, i understood from day one it is a scam, but kept filing all communications they sent me, talked to Dana in the phone few times when she rang, but nothing more, thank you guys for informing every one of the situation.
Comment by Alexander — August 7, 2012 @ 12:54 pm
Thanks god i saw all your comments…. I was so worried and sad with World Trade Register,…. they continue to send us emails, fax and letter by post day by day… Now i am quiet..
Thank you All to share your experience with us.
Comment by Eralda — August 20, 2012 @ 9:52 am
they are still in Romania, in Timisoara where i live, they are totally legal here, and if u search them on the Romanian companies website, they have paid employees, taxes, etc. and while what they are doing may not be so nice, people should learn to read the small print, if u don’t u get what u deserve!! Technically they are doing nothing wrong!
And in regards to comment No.23 from Alan…it’s bollocks that a lawyer had to be present when signing an agreement..i sign agreements all the time!!
Comment by Andy Hawker — October 13, 2012 @ 8:32 pm
Since 2008 I fell into their trap.Received mail constantly and that they take legal actions to collect 1.200.00 with piled up interest. You want to take legal actions ? I wrote them, leave this up to me here in Canada , I am going to bring your illegal company to justice. This was in 2011 and since then, they backed off . Unbelievable what they believe to get away with………….. Good, that I was informed by your website of those ” masterminds’!!!! Dita
Comment by Dita — October 19, 2012 @ 9:17 pm
Dear all, Tks very much for your kind comments. I am also the victim of EU Business Directory. My company located in Hochiminh Vietnam. I also found that they are doing a trick . Last year,before understand the way they work, I agreed paying them the 01st year contract with the request to them to close the contract for next comming year. A lady, named Hellen – position accounting manager, had confirmed us via Email to close the contract if they received the payment. after paid them about 1500 USD, we think that we cleared this account. But suddenly, one year later, they sent me the invoice requesting us for 02nd year payment. the reason is that i am not send them the request to close contract by fax, so that they would confirm us back by fax , their confirm by email not valid !!! they said they will keep chasing me asking for 02nd year and 03rd year payment. I have shown this case to my lawyer in Vietnam. Have any method to stop them to continouse their scam !!!
Comment by PHILLIP — November 7, 2012 @ 4:35 am
Dear all, as I am the victim same as you are since 2010. I pay the once and I push them to write me that I dont have to pay another years (even I didnt know). Second year they after several email, post, telephonecalls they stopted. And nothing. But this year they are again writing from all diferent places and sending some post from different places. But I am sentthem this letter from layer and now I will not answer anything.
LETTER – law With reference to the provisions (i) of the Directive2oO6lLl4lECof the European Parliament and of the Council of December L2,2006 concerning misleading and comparative advertising, which shall protect traders against misleading advertising and the unfair consequences thereof, and (ii) of the Czech Act No. SLgltgg1 Coll., Commercial Code, as amended, (hereinafter referred to as the “Czech Commercial Code”) concerning Unfair Competition, Section 46, Paragraph 5, in conjunction with section 55, I would like to inform you that the contract on the insertion under which you repeatedly requires companies pay a sum amounting to EUR 995 per year is null and void: According to Section 44, paragraph 1 of the Czech Commercial Code unfair competition means “acting in competition or economic intercourse, which is contrary to good morals of the competition and is capahle of causing harm to other competitors, consumers or other customers.” This provision of the Czech Commercial Code also sets that:”llnfoir competition is prohibited.” According to Section 46, paragraph 5 of the Czech Commercial Code, “ddvertising in the business and for the purpose of economic relations, which offers registration in catalogs, especially as telephone and other directories, through the payment form, invoice, offer of correction or other simirsr manner, must contoin a crear and crearry expressed information that such advertising is solely an offer to conclude a contract’” According tO section 55 of the czech commerciar code, at contracts concruded in contravention of the prohibition of unfair competition are null and void’ The form cal|ed .,W’RLD .’MPANY REGI’TER, ,,DATA coNTRoL” does not contain the clear information that this sha,, be sorery the ott., ao conclude a contract on the insertion’ Given the above mentioned provisions of the czectr commerciar code in the event that it actuaty sharl be concruded a contract on the insertion on ,t,. basis of this form, this fact had to be crearry stated on it. Because your practice is contrary to il’t” p’ouisions of-the czech commercial code and therefore is prohibited, the coiir..t on the insertion ,t .tl u” considered as null and void’ Allegedly concluded contract on the insertion between you and the company G-HELP would have been further considered as nut and voiJ uno., Sectio.n gg-of the Act No’ 4oltg64 coll” the czech civil code, as amended (hereinafter ,.t ir.o to as the “czech civil code”)’ since its purpose is Allegedly concluded contract on the insertion between you and the company G-HELP would have beenalsoconsideredasnullandvoiduno”‘section4eaoftnt^t:^*:’J'i::?ffi’;:#i#lti;’:”J:1 ::il.*:,:::’iiTT;:,Hiffi.,.*;^ in error when she was taking the view that this was some sort of a free register of companie’ - companv. Further, prease be informed that according to the czech appricabre raw my crient is not authorized to conclude or sign any contract in the name of the company, as is evident from the czech commercial n”girt”|. ;drninistrated by the Ministry of Justice of the czech Republic’
Comment by Lenka — December 10, 2012 @ 3:18 pm
Considering the settlement of the invoice no. 130757 was postponed for almost 3 months, our Credit Department has issued on 04/03/2013, the Final Reminder towards Axis Research Mind, confirming that your file has been scheduled and is currently being prepared for the Transfer of Debt
In order to avoid any legal implications that will arise from this outstanding issue and your company being charged a legal fee of EUR 300,-, the payment confirmation for the amount due – which is EUR 1124,- at this point – must be transferred as soon as possible.
Unless we settle your account, we will have to finalize your legal file by the 25/03/2013.
Be kind and send attached, by email or by fax, the proof of payment.
If you have recently sent the payment, please ignore this reminder and contact us for confirmation of receipt details.
Don’t worry Be Happy…They are doing a scam….relex alll
Comment by Amit — March 5, 2013 @ 1:34 pm
So much in the comments above echo my own experience with Euro Business Guide and Waldberg & Hirsh. Nice to hear that I’m not alone.
I own a small company specializing in instrumentation and weighing equipment based Montreal, Canada. I filled in the information on the ‘Free Update’ form and did not read the fine print carefully enough ( my bad ). I ended up paying 990 Euros to terminate the agreement in 2011 only to receive another bill in 2013.
Companies like EU Business Services and Waldberg & Hirsch are poster children for venality and deceptive business practices. The only worse fate would be to employed by them.
To top it off their on-line database of businesses is complete junk. Thanks to the comments above I know that I can safely tell them to “take a hike”, though I’ll probably phrase it less politely.
Comment by Ian Claudi — April 17, 2013 @ 3:24 pm
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