Website Listing Service Fraud Alert: Web Listings Inc.

Fake Invoice for Domains

Over the weekend I received an envelope in the mail that seemed to be an invoice for one of my domains. When I opened it up I found a bill for $65.00 from a company called Web Listings Inc., offering domain name submission to 20 established search engines, up to eight keyword/phrase listings, and a quarterly search engine position and ranking reports for 1 year.

Web Listings Inc. states that they will submit your domain to 20 top search engines. Sorry to break it to you guys, there are only 3 top search engines! If you received one of these fake invoices, our advice is to just throw it in the trash, or if you have a fireplace, burn it! Web Listings Inc. uses dishonest tactics to try and catch unsuspecting people off guard. Their phony invoices are actually sign-up forms for a service that has absolutely no valid purpose for existing.

Examples of Fraudulent Letters

As you can see in the images below, the intent here is to fool the reader into thinking that it is, in fact, an invoice that needs to be paid. Web Listings Inc. is sadly preying on unsuspecting domain owners in hopes they can get you to part with $65.00 of your hard earned money.

  • Curtis R. Ward

    You guys are lucky, they tried getting me to pay them $85. Glad it’s a scam.

  • I have been receiving these scam bills for years. Evidently they are making money off of fools that cannot read.

  • I received my “invoice” today. Thank you for providing this forum so that I could research and find out it is a fraud. I wasn’t sure at first.

  • I received the same letter today, was pretty sure it was a scam from the get go. I looked it up to see if others had received the same and ran into all kinds of scam postings.

  • Lore Davis

    Wow to think that this has been going on all this time, is scary. I read comments from yrs back. I thank the first to last person who opened their mouth, I received it also for
    $85. thank God I saw that it was not a bill.

  • They tried to bill me $85.00 on 11/14/14. The scam price went up!

  • Good day everybody, thank you for the provided information. I too received that letter today and googled, like so many others.
    A scam like this one seams to pay. Considering the matter was originally posted here in March 2010 they made some big bucks by now, August 2014.
    Estimation: 100 payments a month = $6,500 x 53 months = $344,500 ($78,000 p.a.)
    Since they obviously have not been arrested yet and are still happily working, I am wondering if I made a better living by copying their letter on my own behalf. And a quick site submission through submitexpress for example could proof my legality (smile).
    I hope you all stay wary and have a good time. Thank you.

  • I just got my letter ad called Host Gator and they were as surprised as I was…they wanted $85 from me…nice looking bill though…cannot wait until I hear from some credit agency telling me I did not pay my website listing service…already send it over to my lawyer and he is waiting for that call to…

  • HR

    I also received this “Bill” believing my site would be taken down–that is not the case. It’s just a company trying to put people into fear and get a quick payment.

  • Hat Island Community Association

    Thanks for the info. Inform your attorney general -these days it may be as easy as filling out an online form.

  • Doris Salter

    Thanks for you information! I just received a letter today, and freaked me out. I was trying to figure out when I got in touch with them. I first thought it was a bill until I turned it over and it said ‘this is not a bill’. I just started my business, and I can’t afford tricksters.

  • Randall Cole

    RECEIVED SAME BILL BY ABOVE COMPANY WEB LISTINGS INC. FOR 85$ and 8 keywords 20 search engines MAY 16th 2014 , listing of remit payment of 85$ dollars for up to MAY 16th 2015 ,

    1623 MILITARY RD #926

    reference number 29813192 sent APRIL 11 , 2014

  • John

    Hey, at least you only HAD to pay $65.00 They want $85.00 now!

    So what is it that Web Listing Inc is good at? Oh yeah, billing people! Great sell!

    I guess they think Americans are as dumb as a box of rocks.

    Maybe I should mail my BILL to the FBI? What do YOU think Web Listing Inc?

    My hunch is that these SOB’s are headquartered out of Canada and have a mail box at this old mall in Niagara Falls NY. Just a hunch.

  • Courtney

    I just recieved one of these letters/bills in the mail today. I knew something was wrong with it, cause the domain name it references was purchased in 10/2013, and there is just no possible way it is time to renew it yet. Thank you for the information that is indeed a scam. Now I’m angry. Isn’t there any way we could, perhaps, file a class action lawsuit against them, or something? There has to be a way to put an end to this type of bs.

  • Thank God I visited this website first before sending them the payment because I was almost about to. Just saved myself $85.

  • I also received an invoice for $85.00. When you go to the contact email address, it’s a phony address.

  • I almost paid this BS. Thanks to everyone for posting your comments here. I sent Web Listing Inc the link to this thread and told them to what they could do with their scam.

  • Jim Schroeder

    just starting up my website that I got from godaddy last February, and I saw that I got hoodwinked by Web Listings, INC, too for $85 on June 11, 2013. I also saw that I got an e-mail from godaddy on June 10, 2013. So, somehow this scam got a hold of my e-mail from godaddy? What is godadyy’s response if any?

  • I too was fooled last year, than as I was looking at the invoice closer I began to wonder. Looked at their website and realized I had never received any type of information back from them, which prompted me to ask my web designer…sure enough a scam. I agree why have they not been shut down yet. My invoice was for $85.00. There must be a way we can shut them down.

  • sash

    I got this letter today and I freaked out as well. Weblisting inc wanted me to send them $85 hard earned money. What a SCAM? i googled it right away and first thing came up is this post. I feel bad for people who send them check thinking they will be in trouble if they don’t. Govt should do something about these kind of scam companies.

  • Eddy Jay

    Wow I’m so glad I found this blog site….I received my letter two weeks ago and they said I owed 85 dollars. My dad was on my back about paying them but I just knew something wasn’t right about it. I’m glad I found this site. They not getting a penny out of me! Spread the word!

  • Thank you for putting up this website.

    At first I was insulted at the $85 amount after reading the original $65 amount. I figured they thought I was 30% dumber than the first one. So I was glad to see it was just inflation, and a general belief in my stupidity. Not an assumption that I was 30% more stupid than average.

    Great site – Keep up the good work.

    Jim Reed

  • ML

    Thanks so much for writing about this! I did a quick google search and this helpful post popped up first! I figured it was a scam. I appreciate you doing the research for me πŸ™‚

  • I did a whois on, found there domain name registrar (eNom) and submitted an “abuse” to this site.

    Lets hope eNom takes action.


  • I just received the exact same letter today! My SEO is top notch and I was going to toss it anyway. But I also had a funny feeling this was a scam as well. SOW NUFF. True SCAM!

  • Jeremy

    thank you for writing this page. i received the Web Listings Inc letter today. oh… and now they charge $85. it’s awesome that we all are looking out for each other.



  • usadsam

    I just actually looked at the envelope. finally catching up on my mail. They wanted $85.00. I decided to go to their website and do a little research, glad I found this page. I have several web pages (.com, .net, .org) and such all directed to one page. They have the paper with my .net page., I don’t even use that page very very funny!!!!!

    Thanks for all the information on this page!

  • Antje

    Shame on the shammers!

    My client gave me an envelope with the same letter as you have pictured, only they want $85. What is frustrating is the misrepresentation, offering “free” listing which most people know by now usually means limited time free trial for 30 days. For something like search engines, you need months before you can judge what directories are helping.

    Anyway, thank you for posting this, some of us are trying to conduct legitimate online business offering a good product or service and gaining trust from clients the old fashioned way – WE EARN IT!

  • Jason

    Probably a good idea to report the mail to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at:

  • Julie

    Thanks…got mine yesterday. Mine states it’s “not a bill” but admits it’s a solicitation. When I tried to get to their website, I get a “Forbidden” message so, guess they’re shut down?!

  • Concerned website owner

    File a business complaint with the BBB in Niagra Falls, NY and file a complaint with the U.S. Postal Service and your state attorney general’s office. Just a suggestion.

  • I received my invoice yesterday. This is the 2nd scam in a week. The other one was from someone pretending to be AT&T. The interesting issue about this invoice is that’s it’s missing a website. I have a budget so I Know I didn’t request this. people will do anything for money.

  • Rod S.

    I got their letter on 24 June 2013 asking for $85. They are still up and running from the same UPS store box 926 in Niagra Falls, NY. and apparently the NY Attorney General can’t shut them down. I sent the $85 in the mail, but then, two days later when I talked to the person who created my website, he told me it was a scam and then I came here and started reading all the comments. I did a check hold and fortunately my bank didn’t charge me for it. It’s too bad these scammers are allowed to flourish in the open like this.

  • I got one of these too and was looking for a phone number to ask “Why this?” when I came across this posting. They must be doing well as they haven’t stopped in 3 years…they will reap what they sow….thanks a lot!

  • Aaron B

    I just got this in the mail too today. The domain is my wifes I pay it for her and was shocked to see this. Glad I looked this up and came across this post. What a crock. I am mailing this back tomorrow with a nice little message. HEHEHEHE

  • Jen K

    yup, I just got one of these, too… what a crock.
    Thank you so much for posting this!

  • Leasa Richardson

    Almost paid $85.00 when this invoice came. Thought it was an ” add on” charge for something…it’s my husband’s website and didn’t know he was already paid in full! I actually had the check made out but decided to confirm the charge with my husband before I mailed it. So glad I did!!! When I googled them I saw this!!! Thank you so much for putting this out there!! I let them know that I was extremely pissed about this fraud and sent them a note to that effect! πŸ™‚ It wasn’t nice! This scam needs to come to an end!!!

  • Jim

    I too received the same letter. Thinking it was a scam I search the web and found these posts. Thanks! The internet is a great tool for finding scams like this.

  • Hayley

    Just got this in the mail today. So glad I did my research first. How are they still getting away with this?

  • Laura

    Just received an invoice for 85.00 – do these folks think people w/business sense will buy into this scheme. What a joke.

  • Erica

    I received this letter today……at my parents address where I haven’t lived in 13 years with my maiden name which I haven’t gone by in 12 years for a site I have never heard of!!! Getting pretty desperate aren’t they?!

  • Brian

    thanks for posting this. got the invoice and was going to send off a check thinking it was for something else. googled the name and saw your site pop up. You saved me some money. thanks again


    I got one of these letters too. And it was for the above website, that has been closed and my account cancelled with the web hosting company for several months now. I won’t do anything about this because it is just too easy to shred the letter and be done with it. I’m certainly not going to spend any time or money that I cannot afford either of on this issue.

  • I have received a few of these recently. I can see how people can fall for this scam. People will do anything for a quick buck I guess.

  • KM

    Yep, I just received this same exact thing for $85. Emailed them today from their shady website. Thankfully I saw this thread with a PICTURE for me to match to mine. Would love to get ahold of the people who think that this is a way to live. Thanks everybody.

  • Steve

    Just got this in the mail today. Maybe I should pay for private registration after all…

  • j

    WOW! I just received this bogus mail in my PO Box yesterday. I knew it was a scam. At first, I received an email from them about this service last week. I ignored it and was going to question my hosting about it later, but after opening the mail today and doing a search online to see if I can get any info on “Website Listing Service”; there it is, in plain sight… I thank you JVF for spreading the word about this fraud that’s going on for years. They want me to pay an annual listing for $85.00 ;-} LOL Crazy!


  • J Sk

    I too just received this in the mail today. Had me scratching my head a second in confusion but I knew it was fake right away!! Immediately jumped on Google and found this site. Thank you for sharing all your info everyone. This thing is going straight to the garbage!! And I will pass the info along to anyone I know to do the same. πŸ™‚

  • Here is some more contact info

    4. Point of Contact for Commission Inquiries
    a. Contact Name: Chris Ouellette
    b. Contact Phone Number: 949-873-1077
    c. Contact Email Address:

  • Alex Khan

    Okay I have found this company’s phone number they have using UPS store address which is located Niagara falls NY , I ask UPS store guy he gave there phone number 1888-871-0669 Good luck guys

  • Alex Khan

    Thank you so much for your heads for others, I own my own website three months a go to its still under constriction, today around 5:00 p.m. my land lady drop a mail for me, which is very strange for me because I do not use my home address for any mail, however I opened and found an invoice for asking to pay $ 85.00 From May 10,2013 to May 10, 2014 try to search online to get there phone number to stress out my anger could not find anything. What a rubbish stupid people on the planet to rip off others.

  • jakomos

    april 3rd. got mine today, web services inc “invoicing” me an “offer” for $85.

  • I received one of these invoices in the mail today too. My first clue was that there is no phone number to contact anyone and the second… my service doesn’t “start” until a month from now. I remember a man calling me when I first purchased my domain and I he wanted to do something like this and I argued with him that I was already in the first 5 on the two main search engines. Scammers. I’ll just file in the file 13! πŸ™‚

  • Brian

    Received the same letter and intend to contact BBB about:

    Web Listings
    1623 Military Rd #926
    Niagara Falls, MY 14304-1745

  • I have similar experience and it’s relating to an email being sent to inform me someone is registering my domain in China and that I should immediately register those domains as I am the rightful brand owner. Suffice to say there’s no such people trying to register any domain, just that they want to drive business by making me register.

  • Thank you for the post I’m glad I did not send my hard earned money.

  • I just received a letter just like this with an $85 “bill.” I imagine the way to avoid getting these in the future would be to pay extra when you set up a domain to get private registration. I always thought that sounded like a scam, but if it protects you from getting other scam offers, maybe it’s worth it.

  • Anon

    I successfully registered their own site LOL!!!

  • I just received it today. Mine was $85. I have never used this company before.

  • chris

    Thank you for this post, saved me $85. Questioning it, looked up and this post is first!
    I thank GOD for that and love all the positive responses for this fraud, it will come back to them πŸ™‚

  • Gary B

    When I saw the posts for $65 I was insulted that they thought I was dumber as mine was for $85 :).

  • Hi Garrett, I referenced this blog in a similar post on my site. I had received one of these mailings for a recently registered domain. I passed it along to the Better Business Bureau of Maryland, their VP of Communications is a acquaintance. Not sure there is much else we can do, chances are they’re operating within the letter of the law (regardless of the many ways they’re breaking the spirit of the law).

  • Darrel G Dunson

    I was temporarily elated, thought because my bill was for $85.00 instead of the $65.00 that Mine was worth more than others. lol We need laws and some decent enforcement to put the pinch on these scammers. State representative lives nearby, gonna give him some suggestions. Folks, these people are elected, meaning that if they get enough pressure from voters this problem increases on their priority list. Once a state starts to move on a problem you can rest assured that others will soon follow until there will be no place tor the scammers to hide. Get busy my friends!

  • GS

    You’re all being scammed in more way than one; this is actually a debt collection agency trying to play you into giving out your information.

  • Lulu

    I got one of these today. Thank you for posting about it. Since both and my husband have domains I didn’t know if he had contracted their services. Can’t we report them to someone?

  • John Lofquist

    What an outrageous fraud. I’ve turned my letter over to the FL. State’s Attorny and am sending a copy to the NY State’s attorney.

  • Lulu

    I got one of these today. In the trash by now.

  • Ruth

    Am I ever glad I found this! Just received letter today addressed to strange company at my home address.

  • Tim

    This is obviously a scam but that is not the part that concerns me. They got my home address and it wasn’t through WHOIS because I just moved to a different state and there’s no way they would have known that. The address on my WHOIS is still my old address. So there are obviously some very shady practices going on here.

  • Tiphanie

    I work for a company that received this letter today and I was so glad to see this. I noticed it did not have a phone number or address to be contacted by. I knew this was a fraud from the minute I saw it.

  • Jenny Signor

    I posted here recently regarding this organization. They are issuing me a refund. This is what I had to do to get it.
    1- emailed the same message 50 times to fill up their server, I dialed the 800 number on continuous redial for 1 day. BTW- Toll free assistance has no record of the number.
    2- sent the following message:

    “Actually, after several hours of online research, it became apparent that you are a scam. Nowhere on your documentation was it stated that this was a subscription offer. It stated that to keep my domain name I needed to pay the annual fee of $85. BTW- your accounts with twitter, facebook, linkedin, have all been flagged and reported. your phone number does not exist, I had the sheriff research it, and your place of operation is stated as operating simultaneously in 4 different locations in the east coast of the USA. I’m pissed. The thousands of people which have reported your organization and have even setup counseling help groups for dealing with your organization are pissed. I want a refund or phone number to a real person, not a machine. (Because 1-800-555-1212 has no record of your organization either). If you even contemplate trying to access my bank account, I will throw you against the wall so hard your grandchildren will end up doing time. And, this message is being CCed to every organization that you are a “member” of. I want my refund. Now.”

    I CC’d this message to the BOE of every state in the union. Most bounced back, but it apparently got their attention because this morning I got this message.

    “You will receive your refund within approximately 4 to 6 weeks time.”
    Feel free to email me if you want help. My nickname in collections was “the bulldog”.

  • Jenny Signor

    Yep, got the bill. It was a few days after I created my site, it looked similar to my web designers bill so I paid $85 to keep my domain registered. A week later my paypal registered my monthly invoice for maintaining my site. I am severely pissed. And, of course, I have no recourse.

  • c. brown

    o.k. im blonde. I have so been scammed. I NEED HELP. my property was put on a web page and this listing was used. How do i get it off of web listings.

  • nigel willis

    Yes I just received this same invoice, funny thing it’s addressed to skudmonkey (the name of my website) and say’s they want $85.00..what a

  • DMI

    I too have a web site and received an invoice from them. I emailed them to get their phone number.

    Here it is, I hope everyone will call it to give them a little taste of their own medicine. Please call them several times a day.

    Our number for your records is (888) 871-0669.

    Best Regards,
    Web Listings Inc.

  • mary gruben

    I too have a website and received the same letter as everyone else listed here and was billed for $85.00. I sent in a check on 6/28/12. I was able to stop payment on the check but still ended up costing $25.00 to stop payment.

  • Kurt

    Thank you starting this post and keeping it up. We got the bill/solicitation for $85 and were trying to figure out who we had signed up with until we found this website. There is a line on the invoice that states that it is a solicitation, not a bill but we did not see it until after we found you. Thanks again.

  • jcalderon

    I just got a letter from weblisting Inc, first thought was: I haven’t had anything to do with this business so before I take action decided to check, first I found this blog, then I found the actual website I see the blog started more than 2 years ago… Is there anyway to report these people?

  • I just got a letter today as well. Same as Pauly 85 bucks. So 2 years after you wrote this article, they are still at it. I did a web search on them with the intent of writing an article about this fraud they have going on and saw your site listed as number 2. Glad someone already beat me to it. Hopefully people will google the name before they pay it and find your site. Unfortunately, this mailing likely goes to a lot of office manager types who might not look very closely and just put this in the bills to be paid stack. What a scam.

  • Jiju Augustine

    I received the bill and wondered when I transfered my domain name to this company but when I read the whole thing it stated in the front page that ” THIS IS NOT A BILL.THIS IS A SOLICITATION.YOU ARE UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO PAY THE AMOUNT STATED ABOVE UNLESS YOU ACCEPT THIS OFFER”.
    It is a scam but lot of people fell into this trap unfortunately.

  • JoAnn Corbett

    THANK YOU THANK YOU. I was just about to pay it thinking it was my renewal for our web site. I thought I would check it out first and saw your post. Thank you!!!! Now the price has gone up. They are asking $85.00. Guess it must be inflation.

  • Andrea

    So glad I decided to google this. Something seemed fishy about it after I let out sit on my table for a week. At first I thought it was a good idea. Then I read it a few more times

  • Rob

    Confirmed it as a fraud here, just picked up my dogs $hit with it and put it in the return envelope.

  • i got my bill today for $85.00. i guess rates have gone up. i used to find the owner of the site. but chris has who is protection. i looked up white pages and yes, chris does own that physical address as his business. google maps show it as hotties pizza

    Hotties Pizza
    440 Fair Drive
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    (949) 650-6205

    so i called hotties pizza. no one answered. maybe someone who lives near newport beach can swing by and order a large hottie with everything on it and see how chris is. make sure you bring your subpoena with you. i will be happy to add my letter to any federal class action that may come up against him but cannot afford airfare.

  • Michael Connelly

    I got the same bill today and the irony is my partner is a world-class SEO muse …

  • Ed

    Ooops. They almost got me. But not quite. Thanks you to this site. And to google.

  • Wow.. I am with the guy above me and everyone else. I received one today and of course, thought “What is this???” Did the same google search and everyone knows the rest. Thank goodness I didn’t send the a check… What crooks.

  • Joshua Schulenberg

    Here is the guy that owns it:

    440 FAIR DR.
    Registered Agent

  • russg

    Hooray for Google, I almost paid $85 until I did a google search and saw it was a fake bill.

  • Theresa

    I just got one as well for 85.00 dollars this is not a bill but a solicitation. dah but people who do not know what this is and have money just send off the money. I just got mine today June 21, 2012
    I was shocked that they sent me this. so immediately typed it in avg and got to this as well as the web listings inc site.

  • george

    They had me at hello; momentarily. SUPER CLEVER SCAM. From Niagara Falls, perfect. These punters are good.. Scam of the year.

  • Joe

    Wow! I can’t believe this many people are writing about this scam. Just think of how many aren’t writing. At first I was freaked out. I thought the letter came from my host server since the domain name of my site is far from up and running. Then I saw the small print on the back. A lot of people must have fallen for this, unfortunately.

  • Fran

    My bill is for $85 and I just got it today. I certainly was not planning to pay it. Thanks for this blog.

  • Got one today they have upped it to $85. I knew it was scam! Cant believe how dumb they are, I hate scammers!

  • Gary R. Pipta

    I appreciate the warning, and as usual, I scanned the document looking for a telephone number to call and inquire. No number, googled and brought me to this page. Thanks

  • I can’t believe how many people fall for this stuff. How may search engines do you use on a regular basis. I’ve seen these things say they submit to thousands of search engines and I’ve only used two in the last 10 years.

  • The bible warns us that there will be great deception in the end times. I too was fooled and paid the $85.00 fee thinking it was for our youth group. I was able to cancel the check and gladly pay the $20.00 stop payment fee. I am thankful that our trust is in the Lord who is watching, so the people who scam others are subject to a higher judge, repent and change your wicked ways, what good is it to gain the whole world (riches) and loose your soul to the devil.

  • ellie

    I recently received this invoice and so glad i research this online. Appreciate you for the warning 8)

  • Jackie

    I received this statement and came on line to check them out. Thank you so much for the warning. I appreciate your efforts.

  • po bjj

    Thank you everyone for posting as I was considering paying Web Listings Inc. $85.00.

  • I received one as well today on 05/21/2012 for same amount 85.00 and I suspected it, so I search the web to find your post! Thanks!

  • kwr

    I received one on 04/06/2012 for 85.00 and I almost paid it, put I look them up and saw your warning , Thank you so much for taking the time to post the this page…

  • david markovich

    Got a couple of these letters knew it was a scam. I tried to mess with them. I sent them an email “hey i got a bill in the mail from you do you guys accept paypal” they responded like this- “Hello David,

    Please accept our apologies for the delayed response.

    Thank you for your email.

    You have received a new subscription offer for our services, not a bill.
    Web Listings Inc. provides search engine ranking and submission services only.
    We are not currently offering any other web services at this time.”

    One big scam!

  • MJ

    YA GOT ONE TOO ! I WONDER IF THIS IS ONE OF OBAMA’S “SHARE THE WEALTH PROGRAM ‘s” haha your search engine is right at top and a perfect warning on google. $85.00 invoice . thanks for the warning

  • Mauricio

    I received one April 15th. Nobody is stopping these bastards. It seems like it has been going on for years.

  • Tony M.

    We used them to look up web domain availability. Presumably by doing a “whois” lookup they got our email address and physical address. Their email wanted me to get in on an “auction” for a domain I already owned! I ignored them.

    Now I got one of these “bills” in the mail. I want to sprinkle a bit of flour in the paperwork and return it and give them the same scare they gave me, but the wife says just pitch it. I guess all I have is the BBB.

    Thank you for this page, it was #1 in google search results


    They just sent me this today too. I read the letter through and they did not even have a phone number which made me suspicious. A little Google search lead me here and found out it was a scam.

    Thanks a lot for saving me $85 and giving out my personal information.

  • Dan G.

    Just happened to me, but a simple google search lead me here! Thank you all for saving my start up company $85!

    they’re apparently still trying to scam people, so I figured to post so others can see this is a current thing. stay safe, my friends

  • Deborah Woodley

    I had no intention to pay for a service I did not order, however, I looked up their information to confirm the fraudulent activity. People read everything, then research it. When you don’t see a number to call from phony bills, always google the company. I wasn’t surprised to find this on google. The trash it is….

  • Cpt Obvious

    I just got the same letter for my domain. In my letter, as in yours above, it clearly says in BOLD LETTERS: THIS IS NOT A BILL. THIS IS A SOLICITATION. I find it amusing yet sad how many idiots here are getting bent out of shape over a piece of junk mail.

  • Lisa N.

    WOW! I just got this very same letter and didn’t know what it was about! And when I kept searching and search for a phone number, I finally stumbled across this page!

    Garrett Blanton, thank you very much for bringing this to my attention! I really, really appreciate it, because you just saved not only my day, but $85.00 too!

  • Al Bundy

    I actually paid them by mistake, and when I called them to ask for a refund, the customer service person laughed at me and called me a “sucker.”

  • I just received the same thing in the mail but now they have raised their scam to $85.00. I hope no one has fallen into this trap and if they did maybe they need to close their doors and just go to work for someone. I pulled their website up on 1 browser as I Googled them on another browser and I found this page. I thought it was strange because my whole business is on the internet and I get very little in my mailbox.

  • Karen

    I just received an ‘invoice’ from Web Listings Inc. out of Niagara Falls. NY, wanting payment of $85.00. I’m glad I went on the internet to discover it is a sham; on the back it states it’s not a bill. Sneaky! So they are still active.

  • hair_hunter

    Apparently there are other companies out there to that are trying to scam businesses by phone. I have received several calls from companies claiming to be able to put your business on the front page of google. They charge hundreds of dollars to do this. I have been contacted by SEOCAN and DATACLICK and both companies claim to be able to increase website rankings. Today I was called again by yet another company making these claims. The woman I talked to said I would be invoiced for $299. I told her I had not heard of their company and I was not aware of accepting any agreement. Beware of these phone scammers.

  • AsumenStan

    I got mine today dated 10-Feb-12 for $85. The curious thing about the statement was the fact that there was no contact coordinates to enable me to ask what it was all about. Having not used the usps since email was invented, I google-searched the company and found your blog. I’m sure glad you came in amongst the top 3 of the google hits list. Good job. Kudos to you all.

  • Leslie

    I just got one of these letters. Since I recently purchased the website named, but haven’t done anything with it, I wondered how I could owe $85.00 for a search engine listing. At that point, I wasn’t going to pay it anyway, since I knew my hosting and domain name purchase had already been taken care of.

    Please, please, please don’t give this company your money! They have done nothing to actually warrant receiving money from you besides looking up your domain name, which is free!!! As others have stated, the services they are claiming to provide can be done yourself with a small amount of research.

  • Mark Bohre

    whois info:

    Domain name:

    Administrative Contact:
    Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc.
    Whois Agent (
    Fax: +1.4259744730
    PMB 368, 14150 NE 20th St – F1
    Bellevue, WA 98007

    Creation date: 24 Apr 2007 05:02:35
    Expiration date: 24 Apr 2012 05:02:35

  • Niclas Wolf

    Today I received a similar bill ($85) from this shady company. I can see the dates on the posts that lasted almost two years, what do the authorities. Hey, where are you ….
    I must add that I have iPage as hosting companies. My site is not searchable yet, it is under construction.

  • Just got this letter now. I am ready to pull some scam bait on them see were this turn out.

    Thanks for the post.

  • ust got one of those! It seemed odd to me because I know who does my hosting and I know how much I pay so when I read the back and saw that I thought maybe it was an offer to take up my hosting. I googled the address and saw that it’s a UPS store. That kind of confirmed what I already suspected but I decided to google it to see what would come up which is what led me here.

    @Susan, while it is true that they placed that text, it’s to avoid legal repercussions. At the end of the day it’s all a numbers game. How many people will fall for it.

  • Susan Howarth

    I use this company for three different websites and the results have been excellent. This is not a scam and if you take the time to read the invoice that is pictured above, you can clearly read the following in all caps:


    I’m confused about what everyone thinks is so dishonest about this. What a crafty bunch – putting that language right above the box you fill in with the payment amount. Read people…..READ before you whip out your checkbooks.

  • Kristen lucio

    Does this mean they have some of my credit card info or anything? Should I be concerned? Thanks for posting this site.

  • Alex

    My email is full of SEO offers. But that’s not the worst of it. There are all kinds of notices like this one. For example, I’ve gotten bills once I registered an LLC for a notice of formation. I would say that’s twice as bad, as it’s as though the department of state sold my information to charlatans.

  • RevSandra Hunting

    I also received the same notice I have not ever had a website so I am disregarding this notice if I receive another I will take it to the Attorney General.

  • General Protection

    Just got one too. They’ve been using that same UPS address for over a year and a half, and increased their “offer” to $85? Sounds like they’re getting complacent to me. So, I just signed them up for everything from product catalogs to Scientology pamphlets to free samples of tampons– at they very least, maybe they’ll need to upgrade to a bigger box soon πŸ™‚

  • Daniel K Martin

    I do not believe the ‘invoice’ would be considered to be illegal. The document does not say invoice. I received one of these letters and did the same thing most of the people that commented here, did some research. We all have an obligation to understand the ‘agreement’. If a person sends in the money in response to this correspondence they did not understand the agreement.

    The law has something called a peppercorn rule. It stands for the idea that courts will not interfere with a contract on the basis that one party received very little value for their contribution. As long as a party receives something as valuable as a peppercorn then the agreement will be upheld.

    I am a California lawyer however this post is not intended to be the practice of law, instead it is intended for educational purposes only.

  • Stephen

    Add me to the list. I figured out quickly it was a scam, but I was trying to find out if there’s a way to get them in trouble for this. It’s basically an invoice identical to any legitimate bill you would receive, with “This is not a bill” placed on the back of the invoice. It’s obviously unethical, but is it illegal? I’d love to nail them with the USPS or FTC or my state’s AG.

  • my sites already ranked

    Whoever owns “Web Listings Inc” is a SNAKE!!! and a thief!!! Burn this letter!!!

  • Juan

    hahaha, I just got an invoice from Web Listings Inc, for $85. Be careful – lucky there are blogs like this to prevent people to be scammed.

  • bjulius

    so pleased to see all these comments. I was just about to call GoDaddy who host my domains and websites and ask why I should pay $85.00. Now I know!! what a scam and it looks so official. Note there is no tel contact number

  • Gary

    I got the same “invoice” mailed from Niagra Falls, NY. Its bogus, DON’T FALL FOR IT.

  • Gail

    what do you know, I got a letter, name and address not correct, but a family member actually got it in their mail, and handed it to me, yes they’ve gotten so good at this they raised the price to 85.00 since this original post was started. The web domain they sited states “forbidden”. Glad I found this blog

  • Kouros Mohit

    I too received the fraudulent invoice. FBI should look into this.

  • mike

    I just got this last night 10/4/2011 & figured it was not totally on the up & up so I Googled the name “website listing service” & found that my instincts were correct

  • Janice Konstantinidis

    I received this letter today. I Googled it and came up with this site. Thanks to all who posted this. I am glad I trusted my instincts as well.

  • z.tom

    Yeah, I get about three of those per year. The first time I got one I actually thought it was a bill haha.

  • Harold

    I got my letter a month ago and paid it right away! Last night I found my website on the first page of Google!!! WOW!!!
    Not really, I’m kidding you. What a SCAM! To answer a common question in this thread: to get ANY website owner’s name, address, phone etc, just Google:

    DNS (thewebsitename)

    In His Majesty’s Service,
    Harold Hernandez

  • Rachel

    I got a similar “bill” and I called my domain service provider and they said that the bill was not generated by themselves or any company that they work with. Also, I noticed after talking to them that it is not a bill but a solicitation and if you want the service then you have to pay the bill. They do a pretty good job of making it look like a bill, but when I googled it this was the first thing that came up. This company is not good at SEO if they can’t keep this page from the second listing on google. Thanks for the original post, might have saved me $65!

  • Got one, too, but mine doesn’t say anywhere that it is not a bill. Shame on Web Listings, Inc! Dishonest scam!

  • billy bob

    Going to send them a turd in a box and see if that is good enough to get me listed on 20 search engines

  • Eric

    Thank you very much for posting this. Not that I was going to pay this BS bill, but it was still nice to see this posted on Google so I knew for sure that it was a scam. These guys are definitely scum bags.

  • I have already paid a website hosted service provider. Why would I want to pay someone else? It’s like the monthly mortgage and credit card scam letters we receive monthly about reducing your debt. The letter itself says: ” this is not a bill but an offer. I am reporting them to my website hosted service. Using the letter to pick up my dog’s poop.

  • Jeff

    Just received one today. I found out if you set your domain to private registration, you’ll not have this problem.

  • Cary


    Call Shelley Carosella at 716.843.5838 (US Postal Inspector) and let her know that is happening. You can also email her at

    Post a negative review about the UPS store where this mailbox is rented (

    Call the UPS store at 716.298-4461 and tell them about the situation (ask as many questions as you want and waste their time on the phone). They already know about web listings and their scam and claim that the company is doing nothing wrong.

  • Galloway Grumblefield

    Got one just now. Knew it was a scam before I opened it.

    I think I’ll send an invoice back to them for $130, which is what I’m charging now to open junk mail.

  • Rog

    I’ve received their invoices on a few occasions. They must have people falling for this scam, or they would’ve quit by now.

    Whoever was defrauded can report your complaints here:

  • John Ball

    I received the same bill. Smelled like a fraud as soon as I read it as I paid for the max time frame to Go Daddy. Wish the Feds would do something about these scammers.

  • About as cheesy as it gets; you have to read thru to the bottom of the second page to find the “disclaimer” that it’s not an invoice.

  • Kade Jones

    I’m calling the better business bureau. How do they get our adresses?

  • willy

    gracias por este post me ha ayudado a darme cuenta que este tipo de facturas son una estafa ya que yo tambien recibi una por un monto de 65dolares gracias estoy seguro q ha ayudado a muchas personas con este incoveniente….gracias

  • Donald Prince

    Received an invoice for $85.00 today. Thanks for the heads up

  • I think they used to be called “Liberty Names of America”. That address looks so familiar. Used them for a server until they went bankrupt or whatever. Recall hearing LNOA used same method when domains were about to expire.

  • Donna A

    I also received one of this fraudulent letters in the mail, after receiving numerous phone calls from various individuals and phone ID’s identifying themselves as representatives of Website Listings. This continued for about 3-4 months even though I demanded they remove me from their calling list. I never supplied any info to this company and then “the invoice” arrived. They are persistent and are quite unethical!

  • UBG

    I red flagged it when I didn’t see a website or a number I’m glad I read this post too.

  • WOW, my wife almost paid this bill but thought better and asked me about it. I said no and then googled and came upon your site. Thanks for being on top of it and I hope more people see this site and are not duped out of their hard earned money. I just started a small business and and appreciate not getting scammed.

  • Baldylocks

    I sniffed “scam” immediately, but I thank you folks for verifying it. Any time I don’t see an 800 number for a company “billing” me, there’s gotta be something amiss.

  • Billy

    Wow! Thank you for posting this I’m so glad I didn’t waste the money! Frieken scammers if yur readin this you suck!!!

  • Yes, very interesting. I got the same letter that is created to look like an invoice. I was rather surprised but I checked with my hosting server and found that I’m okay – this is not a bill. And they state that on the letter that it is just a solicitation. Very clever Marketing; but leaves one rather doubtful as to their honesty. And expensive. I’d rather they just advertise their services straight out, instead of making it look like something it is not.

  • Haven’t received anything similar yet, but it would be cool to know the ratio of ignored vs. paid! I think someone must be that stupid that in the end this activity is profitable, although dishonest.

    If such a company hides somewhere abroad, then it’s practically impossible to punish these and similar scammers.

  • Got one of these this week. I can see a lot of folks paying these especially if they have a lot of domains with multiple companies.

  • wow – one of my clients JUST emailed me asking if “he should pay this invoice”. Thank you so much for posting this and I am sharing the post via twitter and facebook.

  • thomas hammill

    yup i have one of thouse too!!, $65.00 thats–1-2 out of perhaps millions two many people fell for there trick(( thank for this post,)) but not me ,guys the hammer down on you, hope the IRS , Get you,if not the millitary, hah 1623 military rd#926 ,<<whats that<< a porch,? car,auto,, niagara falls ny,sorry not falling fo it, thomas hammill ,syracuse ny,

  • What a sham of aletter! And look at this community of resistance. I love it. They even wrote “remit payment on or before” as if I owe them something.

  • j

    oh boy! I just got one of this on the mail. I obviuosly came to do the research and voila! i had a “hunch” that something wasn’t right and I found my answer. I’m new to this website listing thing and been trying to learn how to tag words and all that. It’s sad how there are people out there that try to scam just because they can. Glad I found this post! very grateful and thank you to all of you who took the time to “talk” about this people that pray on newbies. I do read all my bills carefully but it’s very well designed to make you believe something is up with your site. Many thanks again.

  • frank

    Yes, got one these letters on friday guessed it was scam, but thank you for the up date will pass this news on!!!!

  • Sandi

    I received one fro 65.00 on yesterday and thought i should checkit out. Had I not reread it I would have thought I owed 65.00. Even so I do not want to be on there mailing list etc.

  • It’s sad, but people fall for these types of direct mail scams all the time. Website Listings Inc wouldn’t keep doing it if it didn’t make them money right? I guess we can only hope that postage rates will rise so much they will no longer be able to operate this type of shady service!

  • Email Marketing

    When we opened up our P.O. Box this last week we found three statements all for different domains we own. Of course the statements are for domains that we did not pay a private listing for. The only advice we can give is to pay the extra money for private domain registration, this will prevent scammers like this from contacting you!

  • Dick Collier

    If you have a linux/unix computer connected to the Internet, do a “whois (your domain name)” and don’t be upset to see your name and address and phone number listed for anyone to see folks. This is how these scams can take place. Remember, there are no secrets on the Internet if you know how it works.

  • Dick Collier

    One of my clients that I wrote a website for got one of these yesterday in the mail. I assured them that it was a feeble attempt at a scam. The domain name (web site) owner and address is retrieved by a simple Internet domain name inquiry. I hope this jerk spent a fortune on postage.

  • Rahbinah

    I received this “bill” about a month ago. I thought it was legit at first until I read the entire letter and saw where it said “this is not a bill. It is a solicitation”. I changed my website provider to Weebly about six months ago and I did have to pay for my domain name, so I thought these fools were connected with Weebly at first. They are some evil, scum-sucking crooks! A plague on them!

  • my

    The flip side of the “invoice” is where they put their disclaimer. How the paper unfolds is clearly designed to fool the unsuspecting victims who may not flip the invoice over. Unfortunately, designed well enough so it’s probably not a crime.

  • Carol Palmeri

    I also received one of these bills. I am in the process of having the site designed. Lucky me – my web designer sent me something today and I mentioned the bill and that I wrote a check out for it. He immediately wrote me back and mentioned this scam. Thankful that I didn’t mail the check out yet.

  • Dom

    I received one of these “Bills” today. complete and total fraud. I post this to keep this page active.the more people post here, the higher up on google listings its going to be. HOPE this page shuts the scam down

  • Polywave Studios

    I received one of these today, it clearly says in bold letters that it is no a bill and I’m not obligated to pay. Don’t think they are trying to make it look like an invoice, but it may be a scam. And to comment on that there are only 3 top search engines, you are wrong, there are several (Google, Bing, yahoo, ask, dog pile, AOL search, Lycos, Altavista, Alltheweb, and more). Most web hosting companies offer some kind of search engine submission, so you should look into that before going anywhere else to submit your url.

  • Toni

    Yes, I also received a “wanna be” official bill, from these desperate crooks at “Website Listing Service, at 1623 Military Rd #926, Niagara Falls, NY, 1404-1745.” I believe that now is the time to notify our legal authorities, with our info, with hopes to stop these illegal attempts against good, hard working people! I’m disappointed based on these responses above, that there are many fraudulent letters mailed out through out the US. My question is how long has these letters been circulating around to people?

    I’m however, happy that I and many people took the initiative to follow up, and knew where to go to investigate this matter! It’s time to stop “Website Listing Service” with their fraudulent practices!

    To all responsible for arranging this site thank you!

  • jack b

    When I got the letter a couple of weeks ago, I was suspicious since the fools addressed it to the former Catholic Bishop of Orlando and I’m not even Catholic. I wish these kinds of people could be sent to prison for a long time.

  • Almost Fooled

    Shame on these guys, and hurray for us! I was about to write a check when “the voices” told me to look them up.

  • Justin

    I got one for my PRIVATE domain which I have done nothing with. There is no way anyone got my name and address for this domain unless it was from one of the recent hacks.

  • destiny

    I received a letter today as well and thought I had mistaking signed up for something. Thanks for posting this.

  • Carla H

    I got one too. If they do get our information from GoDaddy that makes me mad too!! Isn’t this illegal and why haven’t they been stopped by now? By the dates on these posts this has been going on for a long time.

  • Dick B

    Got mine in the mail today. I looked everywhere for it to say “This is not a bill”
    The letter I got does not state that anywhere! Because of that I will contact the District Attorneys Office in N.Y. and see if there is something one can do about these crooks.
    May they fall into an outhouse while a horde of gypsies is approaching after eating prunes and drinking wine!

  • Scott

    Got one too…I assume they got my info from GoDaddy which also pisses me off.

  • christina

    Got mine last week – I knew it was a scam right away. I plan to send them a letter that says “HOW DO YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT?” Scumbags. Just pray they don’t have children.

  • Anna J

    I got the letter yesterday. Since all of my websites are through GoDaddy I knew this was a scam. Sadly I am sure many people fall for it.

  • Chris Thompson

    I received this too. It even has my correct email site. I did not think my company was called Web Listings Inc, but then thought maybe my company sold to these people. Thanks for posting this fraud announcement, I might have paid it.

  • Luke

    Received this same notice on May 11, 2011. It was for $65.00 and I live in KS.

    I’m sick of scammers…

  • Well….It’s 2011…I guess they are broke and trying for another round of attempting to fraud….folks throw this notice away–this is a scam!!

  • Luiz Morais

    Does some body know if we can have legal action against that people? They theraten you, your bussiness and still looking for our money. One more to advise others who get this “invoice” in home or office. Thanks a lot. Luiz Morais.

  • Camille

    I just got the mentioned letter, read it… hated it so much that I had to help boost the SEO ratings for this comment thread. What a scam. Considering I’m on a no mail list I should be able to get these guys in trouble legally right?

  • Michael D

    Guess what. I just got a PERSONAL MONEY ORDER from Web listing Inc for $65. The problem there in no name in PAY TO ORDER OF. I called the bank that issued the check and they say I have to go to one of their Banks….38 miles away. It will cost me $25 to cash a $65 check. But I got a refund. Might be a new scam.

  • Oh my gosh, I get letters like that all the time, except they are from a different company (but they say the same thing). The thing I always look for is the tiny sentence at the bottom that says “This is not a bill”.

  • Monica Campbell

    I too received this yesterday. I was just telling my biz partner about it last night. We were going to look it over today. Thank you for all who have saved us the time LOL.

  • peta

    I sent a client a renewal for their domain names and website, the reply I got was that they had already paid it… to Website Listing Inc. Some people’s stupidity is quite unbeleivable. I am really cross, as my client seems to think that I was trying to pull a fast one.. end result, I lost a client.

  • I just received the same “bill” from Web Listings, Inc. I looked on their website to find that they do not have a phone number and everything is done by email. I am rather disappointed in companies like this that take advantage of people. If something like this was sent to my Grandma she would have paid it and never thought twice about it. I am filing with the Better Business Bureau as well. Please let me know if there are any other place to file with in regards to their wrong behavior.

  • Eugenia Reid

    To whom may concern:

    I never sign up with your company. You send me a bill, stated that I owe your company $65.00.

    Please email me asap! eugeniareid(at)


  • Ken Clark

    Thanks for the heads up; I was very suspicious.

  • Dre

    total scam. I received this letter every so often…I figured it was a scam.

  • J

    Yeah, I got mine today (Feb 25, 2011) and knowing how the SEO game works, I knew it was bogus. But, it’s still funny that people are actually searching WHOIS databases for domain ownership.

    And, yes, if you don’t keep your domain private, anybody can get your WHOIS information (name, phone, address, apt #…basically what you signed up with to get said domain).

  • Lucy Graesser

    Thanks a lot, people! I am glad, I searched information before I payed $85 to thiefs.

  • Just received the same fake invoice for $85 via snail mail. Would love to know how these shady folks got my mailing address. Hopefully someone will throw the book at these shady characters.

  • Susan

    Wow, everyone else got a deal – my bill is for $85, not $65 (Maybe they know that things are more expensive in Alaska?!) I reported them to the Better Business Bureau in New York and filed a mail fraud complaint with the Post Office.

    I despise this kind of thievery. Disgusting people!

  • I just got the same fraudulent mail from Website Listing Service. The neat thing is that when you search for them this blog comes up way ahead of their own web site. Of course their address is nothing but a box number at a UPS store. and of course their whois listing is private. Time to flush.

  • I too received this fake invoice for $85.00 and decided to check it out online prior to mailing. Thank God you guys had posted this information. I plan on reporting them to the Texas Attorney General’s Office promptly tomorrow morning.

  • Ann

    I also received the same kind of invoice, but the cost on mine was $85.00!
    Glad I decided to check it out on line first.
    Thanks for your warning.


  • We got a letter today from Web Listings Inc. We get upwards of 100+ similar letters each week from no-name companies gracious enough to help our site get better search engine results. This is the first time getting it from Web Listings Inc out of Niagara Falls, NY. While Web Listings Inc out of Niagara Falls, NY may be a different company name than we are used to seeing, they are offering the same, lame vapor service crap. Funny how they tell you to send a check “Do not send cash” to Web Listings Inc at 1623 Military Road #926, Niagara Falls, NY 14304-1745 because they want to make sure they have something that constitutes a “contract”. Oh… love to know how Web Listings Inc is going to submit our domain name “with up to 8 keywords / phrases” to 20 different established search engines without accessing our code or creating some bull pass through page. Web Listings Inc… another joke of a company preying on the naive.

  • Rick

    Same here I went into a freak out for a bit, I almost got a panic attack. But I calmed my self down and Googled it. Hey Thanks for the post.

  • Ed

    I got mine today. They upped the price to $85. 30% price increase for a no value “service”. Since they write “this is not a bill” and “no obligation to pay” etc. it doesn’t constitute fraud. It’s still a scam and I’d like to see those people stopped doing this.

  • Yep! Gotta’ hand it to them, but not your money! Notice they won’t take anything but a CHECK? Easier to run with!

  • I just got my letter today. So glad I found this site on the web. My bill was for $85.00 as well.

  • jim

    i just recived an offer from web listings inc. 1-21-11. it does look like a bill, but clearly states at the bottom of the letter that it is not a bill,!! in less you except the offer. question: is this a scham or not?

  • Michael Sang

    soon after using INTUIT WEBSITE SUPPORT, i recived a letter in the mail from WEB LISTING SERVICES. they had all my information. Every thing that i gave INTUIT web listings had. Now how can that be. ??? are they the same ???? I paid WEB LISTINGS SERVICES $85 by check in a return envelope. For nothing i can’t get a username or a password. found their phone number that went to nithing. the address went to a ups at 1623 Military Rd #926 Niagara Falls, NY the phone # 716-218-4441 is out of service. I would just like to know What part did INTUIT have in this???

  • Pablo Ramos

    Reference Number 25689168 by $85
    I do not know what to do. The domain was made with To what company i have to pay?

  • Yes….I just got one too. I figured I better reasearch it….in this day and age there is no reason to get scammed. I think I’m going to send this to my local news to alert people locally! Thanks for the heads up!

  • gbreehl

    You got off lucky. They sent me a bill for $85.00

  • Orlando

    Yeah, I just received one of those bogus letters. I knew it had to be fraud when I saw the website. Very cheap looking. Always google a site and type in fraud behind it and check over the listings. Always worth a look. Bogus site, bogus address (UPS RentABox), and bogus company! I appreciate you guys for posting all this useful information. Whether you know it or not, you guys have saved a lot of people from headaches and hard times. Happy New Year! See you guys around the way.

  • funnyface

    I sent them back a big picture of a middle finger with this caption:


    HAVE A NICE DAY! : )

    …just like their stupid THIS IS NOT A BILL statement

  • DJ Peter Munch

    Got mine today. Fraud Fraud Fraud… I love how their own website: is an 2 hour attempt to make something that looks legit. Notice how the centering of the page jumps left and right when clicking the menu buttons. Rookie mistakes (dreamweaver).

    This company will be closed in a few months from now – when they have cashed their last checks.

    If anybody wants to do something about this. Write a letter to Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc. and let them know that they are protecting a company who is essentially all about fraud:

    Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc.
    Whois Agent
    PMB 368, 14150 NE 20th St – F1
    Bellevue, WA 98007 US
    Fax +1.4259744730

  • Joe

    I just got one of these letters too. I already have my websites ranking on 1st page of google, yahoo and bing for very competitive terms like, Used Lexus, Pre Owned Lexus and User Lexus For Sale. I am the webmaster for lex4less and my boss called me in thinking this will help our SEO alot. I without googling it, knew it was a scam.
    I will write an article about it on my blog and make sure no one falls prey to these scammers. Scammers will come up with any sort of scam to steal peoples hard earned money.

    Also, beware of all these emails you get from people telling you that they can get you #1 on google for targeted keywords. 99% of those emails are scams. If they were good at SEO, the first thing they would have done, had they any knowledge of SEO, would be to get their own business on top of Google SERPS’s.

  • Ronald

    whoo hoo i got mine today 85 bucks aint getting squat

  • LISA

    I received one recently and they have increased their price to $85.00!

  • I have one of those proposals, I received it on August 20 2010 . I was offered search engine listing at the annual subscribtion of $35.00 I did not pursue the offer, even though it sounds very tempting to a small business, I did not rush out to send any monies. I believe the internet works or can work in both directions, so slow down read the info and do the research…

  • Roger Zubarik

    I received my letter today and mine was for $85.00. I called Go Daddy to see if they ever heard of these guys, and the response was negative. “Bad Boys” they are!!!! I like what they say! “Please send check, and do not send cash!” I called the UPS store and the young lady who answered said that was the company called “Web Listing Inc” was assigned to the box number #926. I asked for a phone number for “the company” and was told that they do not give out that information. Who the heck would send $85 to a UPS box in Niagara Falls, NY???

  • Thank you for posting this! I just received one of these dubious phony invoices myself. I am very glad I am the one who received the mail today and not my husband who most likely would have assumed this was an invoice and since it contains information that suggests that thi company received our information from our hosting service, he’d have assumed the host company was re-billing us and would have canceled my host account as a knee jerk reaction. I will be complaining to my web hosting service about giving out our information to such a fraudulent company to try and trick their good customers out of out money.

  • It clearly states that it is NOT a bill and that I am in no way obligated to pay any amount shown on the offer. It also states that it IS a solicitation. My website comes up on all search engines as well, so no need for the service.

  • b061253

    I received this bill today myself. They are apparently retrieving mailing addresses from the registry. My brother received a similar solicitation from a different company implicitly luring him to unwittingly switch his web site host – defeated.
    I’ve sent a “share” to Facebook. Thanks for confirmation of my suspicion.

  • jeff

    Thanks for the post! I was going to take the offer, so I thought I would research how well they did their offered service. Well the proclaimed service does not exist, the money taking part they have down. Anyone in Niagra want to stop by that UPS store??

  • Larry

    Thanks for the heads up. I was suspicious since there was no phone number attached. I have to go now and feed my shredder! He’s hungry for the Web Listings Inc. correspondence!

  • Amy

    I received one and new it was NOT an invoice because I don’t use them. It even says “this is not a bill, this is a solicitation”. You are only deceived if you deny yourself all the information provided.

  • Dan

    Got mine in the mail. glad i googled web listings inc. i was ready to give them my money too. its such a small amount of money that it wouldnt have been a terrible loss. but im still glad im not wasting $65

  • Lisa

    We too received this “invoice” and it seemed strange to me. Thanks for such a great post!

  • Wanda Violet

    They are still fishing, for I received one today too!

  • Levi

    Got this too, was a little confused at first, and then I saw it wasn’t a bill, and then that they miss spelled quite a few words. Good to see its online to let people know.

  • Matthew Gonzales

    I received this as well. It clearly states that it is NOT a bill and that I am in no way obligated to pay any amount shown on the offer. It also states that it IS a solicitation. My website comes up on all search engines as well, so no need for the service. I do think it is a scam, but definitely not an invoice or bill. More like a quote for the service if paid for.

  • We received this “invoice” also and just having established a new web site, paid this invoice. On July 26, 2010 I wrote a letter to this Web Listing, Inc., 1623 Military Road #926, Niagara Falls, NY 14304-1745 requesting a full refund of the $65. I also did an extensive web search to try to find a telephone number before I wrote my letter. I found 1-800-280-3897 and called it. An automated machine thanked me for calling and advised me that if I wanted to speak to a representative to press “0”. When I did I was told it was no a valid selection. As of today, 9/20/2020 I have not received a response to my request for a refund.

  • I just got one of these in the mail, and googled them looking for reviews. This site popped up instead. Thanks so much for saving me the money. Otherwise they would have potentially scammed me out of $65. And for me they were offering 20 search engines for that price.

  • lain

    Got mine on August 16 for $85.00 for 20 search engines. This was for a domain that I have not even developed. I would not have minded an email, but this is sent as a bill for a service I never signed up for is pathetic!

    I have no idea who this company is or how they got my information, and thank you for posting this scam!

  • Joachim Loutangou

    Thank God somebody made this fraud public. I received the same mail on August 25th 2010; I was about to send a signed check, but I wanted to chek if it was possible to do the payment online and I was stoned to discover this fraud alert. Thank you guys.
    On my letter the amount have changed to $35.00 instead to $65.00 and the subscription said “submission to 10 established search engines up to eight keyword/…”

  • RR

    Yah, I got mine today… August 30th! What a shame … and I hope no one believes them and send any money… I feel sorry for those who end up losing their money. In my case they are asking me $85.00

  • GLO

    Well glad to see that this letter is still out there. I just got mine Today, August 17th.

    Did anyone get a letter to a strange name and your own home address?

    Just making sure — one never knows.

    Thank you for the Posts, so very helpfull


  • I just got one of these in the mail today myself. This is funny.

    For those that don’t know, you can submit your domain to search engines for free. For instance, here is the link for the Google page submission form:

    The other search engines have one too if you look for it.

    Really the best thing you can do is make sure your website has actual text on it that provides information which is useful enough that people decide to link to you. The more people that link to you, the higher the social value Google see’s you provide (such as useful blog posts from a WordPress blog)…whereas nonsense articles that aren’t helpful don’t get linked to by others.

  • Got it last friday, immediatly rumple it and thrown it and when it was falling shoot it with a shotgun!

  • Mila

    Yes, I received one of these yesterday. This is a scurvy operation–thought I had to pay it until showing it to a friend. My guess is they do pretty well with this phony invoice. They ought to be jail. A pox on them!

  • Morgan

    I work for a University and they attempted to solicit payment from us. They are a scam. Very glad for this original post.

  • Sai Thakor

    This Is Bull. I Am Not Paying It Haha

  • Alma

    Oh my GOD! I received this “invoice” too!! I wanted to call them and ask what the heck this was about. So I decided to type in the address and look for their number. This ARTICLE was the FIRST THING that popped up.. Thank God I listened to myself on this one…

  • Thanks for the help. I got a bill today from these guys. I will burn it.

  • Bobo

    Mine arrived yesterday. My first reaction was that it was odd to receive a snail-mailed letter about a website — which I closed months ago.

  • Joe

    I would think that with all the laws (CAN-SPAM ACT) for newsletters ONLINE, they’d protect the mail service, too. I wasn’t going to do it anyway, because anyone can do it for free on their own.

  • Bobby Rhoades

    I just received the same letter from Web Listings Inc. Such dishonest tactics. Thank you for bringing this to everyone’s attention.

  • Rene

    I just received a statement from this company for $65.00. Good luck!! be making a ton of money! They must preying on innocent individuals who don’t know any better.

  • Man, thanks for this posting, I almost fell for this as I would like my website to get more hits and not knowing any better this sounded pretty good. I’m glad that I looked into this further $65.00 puts alot of stuff in the pantry.

  • Caldude

    I receive one of those letters 3 days ago. The interesting part is the domain name they are referring to does not even have a website associated to it. I found it ridiculous and when they mentioned “Submission to 20 established search engines” I knew then it was some sort of scam.

  • Bubba Gump

    That address is a UPS Store – where you can rent mailboxes.

    The UPS Store – 2194
    1623 Military Road
    Niagara Falls, NY 14304-1745
    (716) 298-4461

  • This is an old Yellow Pages industry practice; they send what appears to be an invoice to “renew” your listing in their book – problem is, you never had a listing in their book. If you look into this company, my bet is it’s run by old Yellow Pages people who need a new industry to slime.

    The only search engines that matter – Google, Yahoo (for a few more months), Bing and Ask – will find a site if it’s optimized. If it’s not, submitting the site to them wont make a difference.

  • Shane

    The website that the letter is listed to James Madison one of our beloved presidents. The 800 number says thanks for calling and says to press 0 to talk to a rep. All it does is say invalid number try again, but 6 will let you leave a message. Oh and the regular number that is listed is the Niagra Aquarium.

  • Scott

    I just got one of these too. Does anyone know – how do they find your mailing address? It’s not on my site anywhere. I also have to wonder how they know what my site is – it’s not really built yet, so I haven’t told anyone about it, and I don’t mention my full name on it.

  • kate hogeland

    I just got the same thing and realized it was a scam. I went on line to google and found this site. So glad you posted this for others to see!

  • Wow, we’ve had our site for years and just received one of these. I figured it was a scam when I saw the note at the bottom.

  • My website comes up on Yahoo, Google, and Bing searches how many more do I need Web Listings INC ?

  • I received the referenced bill and figured out it is fishy. But I am interested in linking my sites to search engines. Do you know which companies provide this service?

  • Sherae

    I just got the letter today and it freaked me out a little considering that I am still building my website and haven’t even published it yet. If it were cold enough I would start a fire with it… BBQ anyone?

  • I have a friend in America who has received exactly the same letter. His strategy? Just throw the bill away and warn your clients about this letter

  • Lisa

    I also received the same letter. When I didn’t see a phone number and attempted to find one by googling, I saw this page!!! It’s a damn shame – and yes, obviously they are making money.

    I am so glad I saw this.

  • I’ve got these before, they are pretty shady. They make it look like a bill you have to pay and I bet a lot of people do without actually reading it to the print that says “THIS IS NOT A BILL”

    @susan: No need, your site is already indexed by the big three. And submitting to any others is just a waste of time.

  • The issue with domain names is that it stresses out many small business owners: they just fear if they do not pay, their website (and their business’ online visibility) would disappear. You know, $65 for fulfilling your safety concerns… That doesn’t seem much. So they pay…

  • susan

    I received the statement referenced in your warning. I did not submit for obvious reasons. I am however interested in linking my site to search engines to increase business. Do you know of a reputable company that can help me or can i do this myself?

  • John

    Ahh, yes, we to have recieved such an “invoice”. They must make some good money out of this or they would not do it!! We have also recieved letters in the mail from “international business registers” requiring a couple of hundred dollars to keep our company registered. I guess when you play the numbers game you will always have a win somewhere. I just wish the law could do something about it!!

  • H. – Juergen Poth

    We have received same crap and pressed criminal charges !! That’s the only way how to get this crooks !!

  • Andy TheDad Estrada

    I just got one. unbelievable. Thanks, I posted this blog on my google page. I emailed them back told them to stop. I did not authorize this. remove me from their services.

  • Gretchen Noel Blackwell

    Thank you so much…The one I just got was for $85. If you read all the fine print.. it says it’s not a bill. But I was considering it until I googled about the company and saw your post. Thanks!

  • Chris Bounds

    I’m going to rub dog pup on my invoice and mail it back!!!!

  • Adam Nickle

    Any search engine worth their salt will find your website and automatically rank it in their search results without requiring you to submit your domain in any way. If I had nothing better to do with my time, I might consider staking out their mailing address and holding the idiots that pick it up under citizen’s arrest.

  • LaRocky

    They are still doing this. Just got one of these fake things in the mail

  • Bent Oak Marketing

    Yep, still at it. This time though, I’ve filed a take-down request with their domain name registrar for abuse and spam. Let’s see how well they do without a website.

  • Brian Cody

    Just got one in the mail. They reference a domain name that doesn’t exist.

  • WichitaOracle

    Just $65? They want $85 from us.

    As slimy as it seems, it doesn’t appear to be illegal. It’s merely an offer…a bad one you can ignore.

  • WichitaOracle

    Nothing will happen. Their hosting service wants customers and unless they are doing something illegal or in violation of TOS no action will result.

    Sharing information with others about their useless business is the best we can do.

  • Neil Feigeles

    I just got one today… They wanted $85.00…

  • Matthew Stinar

    I’m astounded to see that the “solicitation” I received in the mail today has been using the same design since at least 2010. I wouldn’t have expected the company to last that long, let alone that their design would remain unaltered during that time. I guess they’ve found something that really works and manages to stay within the letter of the law.