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Central Illinois
Advisory Warning
December 06, 2013
Central Illinois - Today BBB issued an advisory warning members of the medical community nationwide to be alert to a potential web listing scheme. Over the past several months Better Business Bureau has handled over a dozen complaints from medical professionals in Missouri, Florida, Texas, Indiana, New Hampshire, New York, Louisiana and California. The complaints allege that the company Medicalindex.org sends solicitations via fax requesting confirmation of basic business information. According to complainants these faxes are then followed by invoices for two years of web listing services at $598.00 per year. BBB investigation revealed no valid telephone number for medicalindex.org. The address leads to a commercial mail drop in Springfield Illinois. The company’s web address is registered via a company in Australia. BBB requests for additional information and/or response to consumer complaints are currently unanswered. We recommend that you thoroughly read all fine print and make sure you know who is requesting your information before filling out and replying to faxes or any other requests. ABOUT BBB: For 100 years, the Better Business Bureau has been helping consumers find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2012, consumers turned to BBB more than 100 million times for Business Reviews on more than 4 million companies and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at www.bbb.org. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for 114 local, independent BBB's across the United States and Canada, as well as home to its national programs on dispute resolution and industry self-regulation. MEDIA CONTACTS: For more information, journalists should contact Jessica Tharp at 309-670-1182 or jtharp@hoibbb.org