It has recently been reported that fraudsters are posing as agents for Yellow Pages advertising directory and they are cheating unwary businesses.
Westminster City Council seized cheques totalling roughly £10,000 sent by educational institutions and businesses to The Yellow Pages 24 Company.
The fraudsters have been charging up to £600 for advertisements with cheques being sent to German bank accounts or London W1 mailbox addresses.
The Westminster City Council has warned that the case may just be the "tip of the iceberg".
Officers were alerted by complaints and they were able to recover several cheques from the mailbox address in Oxford Street. Cheques recovered were from schools and businesses throughout the UK, including Lincolnshire, Kent, Somerset and Shropshire.
Ms Sue Jones, trading standards service manager at the Westminster City Council, said: "The fraud is simple, yet has proved highly profitable.
"Busy staff would not suspect they are the victims of a widespread and systematic fraud as some advertise with Yellow Pages anyway, so when an invoice purporting to be from the company arrives they diligently pay the bill.”
A spokesman for Yellow Pages said: “We don’t hesitate to take legal action if necessary to protect our brand and safeguard our registered trade marks.”
So our message to you today from here at Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire is be aware of such fraudulent scams which are affecting many all over the country.