Beware of Solicitations from Fair Guide concerning PRI
01 Mar 2012
It has come to the attention of the organizers of the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show that exhibiting companies may be receiving solicitations which are deceptively similar to their communications with you from a company out of Austria named Fair Guide.
Please understand that Performance Racing Industry has no connection with Fair guide and does not in any way endorse this solicitation or any offers made in their solicitation.
In fact, Performance Racing Industry has made a number of efforts to attempt to stop any further solicitation to their customers. However, as you might appreciate, attempting to legally restrain a company located in Austria is virtually impossible.
In particular, be aware of any offering of a "free" business directory listing from such companies as "World Business Directory," "Expo-Guide" and "The Fair Guide."
It is their recommendation that you DO NOT COMPLETE these listing forms.
Here is how a "free listing" scam works:
A group collects your company's name and mailing address from the Yellow Pages or other publication, and then sends you a form asking you to provide supplemental information (phone, fax, e-mail, etc.) for your "free" listing in their guide. Nevertheless, the fine print at the bottom of the page states that by signing and returning the form you have agreed to pay for the listing. It can be a substantial amount, such as 995 euros/year for three years. The group then sends you a collection letter several weeks later. If you don't pay, they continue to send dunning notices and threaten litigation.
While PRI cannot provide any legal advice, it is our understanding that companies have disputed the validity of such contracts and completed successful legal action.
For example, the Austrian Advertising Council found The Fair Guide to be a breach of the Austrian Advertising Code and its operator, Construct Data, signed an agreement to cease mailing the misleading contracts from Austria and to cancel their demands for disputed monies.
Here are links for more information on the three example guides:
Here is a link to a sample letter that may be sent to Construct Data when disputing a dunning notice, it may provide guidance when disputing notices from other companies.: www.stopecg.org/cdcancellation.doc
To file a complaint in the United States, you may wish to contact: