Businesses hit by new scam

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Businesses across Dumfries and Galloway are being targeted in a new scam.

The council’s Trading Standards service says it is aware local firms are being targeted by Expo-Guide, a business directory scam.

Expo-Guide is an online directory based in Mexico which appears to target businesses that exhibit at trade shows. It sends a letter and a form to businesses requesting for them to return it to them confirming that their trading details are correct.

By reading the small print where you sign, you will see you are entering a three-year contract and the equivalent of £1070 will be payable by your business each year.

Anyone receiving one of these letters should not respond but can report the incident to the council’s Trading Standards service on 030 33 33 3000 or by email to