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Yellow Pages Online

Phone: (866) 976-9976 11350 Random Hills Rd Ste 800, Fairfax, VA 22030


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Small businesses across the county have contacted the BBB regarding complaints concerning billing contacts for unauthorized purchases for directory advertising listings.  Customers that dispute the transaction report that they are provided recordings of telephone conversations that the company purports to be authorization to purchase, but which the customers assert were yes and no answers to confirm their company name and location. According to the company, all transactions are originated in telephone conversation,  without any written contract documentation.

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Reason for Rating

BBB rating is based on 16 factors. Get the details about the factors considered.

Factors that lowered the rating for Yellow Pages Online include:

  • Length of time business has been operating
  • 616 complaints filed against business
  • Failure to respond to 5 complaints filed against business
  • 1 serious complaint filed against business
  • Government action(s) against business
  • Business has failed to resolve underlying cause(s) of a pattern of complaints

Customer Complaints Summary Read complaint details

616 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 5 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 134
Billing/Collection Issues 312
Delivery Issues 3
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 0
Problems with Product/Service 167
Total Closed Complaints 616

Additional Complaint Information

Complaints in BBB files allege that billing was presented for payment when no purchase was authorized.  The company responses usually state that it does not engage in questionable sales practices and that it will write off the invoice after examining the transaction.  Sometimes, the company initially maintains an order was placed and payment is due and will offer to reduce the invoice amount to settle the account.

BBB files indicate that this  business has a pattern of complaints concerning billing for services that had not been authorized, and the use of telephone recordings that complainants allege were altered to indicate that an order was being placed when it had not been.  The BBB wrote to the company in April, 2013 regarding these issues, asking that it address these practices and modify them to reduce the complaint volume generated from the practices and to correct its marketing practices.  The company has failed to respond to the BBB about these overall issues to date.

Additional Information

BBB file opened: June 29, 2011 Business started: 01/01/2010 in VA
Business Management
Mr. Michael Donohue, President Mr. David Bowman, Complaint Analyst
Contact Information
Customer Contact: Mr. David Bowman, Complaint Analyst
Principal: Mr. Michael Donohue, President
Business Category

Yellow Page Advertising

Additional Information

Although the company invoices show the address in Fairfax, the firm is not at that location.  The physical location of this entity is unknown at this time.

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