Warning over Yellow Pages fax scam

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Warning over Yellow Pages fax scam

Be on alert for faxes pretending to come from the Yellow Pages, but which are actually a scam.

Australian small businesses are being urged to look out for a scam fax pretending to come from the Yellow Pages.

The fax asks businesses to send their contact details, but is actually an attempt to get business owners to sign up to a business directory for two years at $99 a year.

The faxes are "in no way connected with Sensis of Telstra" despite having the Yellow Pages name and the "Walking Fingers" logo, according to a press release from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Fax or email is never used by Sensis (which puts out the Yellow Pages in Australia) to approach small business owners in this way, according to the ACCC.

If you refuse to pay, the scammers might try to intimidate you by threatening legal action or debt collection," ACCC Deputy Chair Dr Michael Schaper has warned in a press release.

It's not the first time scam Yellow Pages faxes have been reported in Australia, though there has been a "surge" in reports recently according to the ACCC.

Warnings circulated in the lead up to the end of financial year about scam emails pretending to come from the ATO, while banks are another favourite commonly impersonated by scammers, we've been told. Airline tickets are another type of bait reputedly used by email scammers.

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