Fraudsters behind the decade-old EU Business Register scam are wreaking havoc once again, targeting thousands of businesses and organizations across the globe.
The 2022 iteration of the scam, picked up by Bitdefender Antispam Lab researchers this week, has proliferated in North America, Europe and Asia with particular spikes in the US (24%), Ireland (26%), Sweden (18%) Denmark (14%), Romania, the UK and Germany (2%).
How the EU business register scam works
The email invites businesses to list their organization into a fictitious EU register “free of charge”. Registration is simple. Recipients need to access the attached PDF document, fill out the form, and reply to the sender. The form below asks for information about your business, including your operating industry, name, address, telephone number and email.
Don’t be fooled by the official-looking registration form. The fine print hides the real intent of the operators behind the bogus online registry.
In the ill-defined fine print lurks a three-year agreement obliging you to pay a hefty 995 Euros per year as part of your data registry entry fee.
Opportunistic spammers who jump into this know nothing about the businesses or organizations they target, relying on the recipients’ negligence and lack