Business Registry Center, with a post office box in Montreal, is calling businesses and non-profits offering to list them with Google Local Business Listings, now known as Google Places Business. For the listing that is free with Google, they are charging $499. A rip-off perhaps, but maybe not too bad? It gets worse.
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6228 Saint Jacques,
Montreal, QC H4B 1T6
From the user agreement found on their site:
Although never mentioned in any of the phone calls, the user agreement states that you are signing up for two years of service at the spectacular rate of over $5, 500.00. The user agreement is apparently binding, even if you’ve never been to their site to read it.
You authorize them to charge any card that “they are aware or become aware of”.
In case you don’t follow their terms or even threaten to do so:
So what do you get for your $5,500.00? Well, pretty much what you get for free with Google.
The earliest activity I can find dates back to September of 2012. Here is one of the dozens of complaints on 800notes.com. It seems they finally moved from disks to the cloud. http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-888-774-9902
And finally, what I can only assume is a sister site at www.onlineregistrycenter.com. Different theme, but the content is identical.
This “office” is located at a UPS store in MN.
1043 Grand Avenue,
Saint Paul, MN 55105.