23 Nov

World Company Directory scam

Here’s another sneaky scam with hidden charges that will make your eyes water! If you receive an email from info@worldcompanydirectory.com with the subject ‘Registration of the World Company Directory 2009/2010’ do not fill in their form or you are liable to be billed for 980 Euros. It’s all in the small print as you can see from the following:


BY SIGNING THIS DOCUMENT, YOU ACCEPT THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS AND THE CONDITIONS SPECIFIED IN “THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR ENTRY” ON WEBPAGE: WWW.WORLDCOMPANYDIRECTORY.COM. YOUR SIGNATURE IS LEGALLY BINDING AND ENTITLES YOU TO PLACE AN ENTRY IN THE ONLINE DATABASE OF THE WORLD COMPANY DIRECTORY LTD., WHICH CAN BE ACCESSED VIA THE INTERNET. PURSUANT TO THE CONTRACT CONDITIONS STATED IN “THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR ENTRY” ON WEBPAGE: WWW.WORLDCOMPANYDIRECTORY.COM, THE TERM OF THE CONTRACT IS THREE YEARS AND COMMENCES ON THE EIGHTH DAY AFTER SIGNING THE CONTRACT. THE ENTRY IS GRANTED AFTER THE SERVICE PROVIDER HAS RECEIVED THE SIGNED DOCUMENT. I HEREBY ORDER A SUBSCRIPTION WITH SERVICE PROVIDER WORLD COMPANY DIRECTORY LTD. I WILL HAVE AN ENTRY INTO ITS DATABASE FOR THREE YEARS. THE PRICE PER YEAR IS EUR 980. THE SUBSCRIPTION WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY RENEWED EVERY YEAR FOR ANOTHER YEAR, UNLESS THE SERVICE PROVIDER OR THE SUBSCRIBER RECEIVE SPECIFIC WRITTEN NOTICE TWO MONTHS BEFORE THE SUBSCRIPTION EXPIRES. YOUR DATA WILL BE RECORDED. THE PLACE OF JURISDICTION IN ANY DISPUTE ARISING IS THE SERVICE PROVIDER’S ADDRESS. THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN SERVICE PROVIDER AND SUBSCRIBER IS SUBJECT TO THE CONDITIONS STATED IN “THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR ENTRY” ON WEBPAGE: WWW.WORLDCOMPANYDIRECTORY.COM.

Keep your eyes peeled for these sorts of emails – they prey on the unwary, but then who’s ever heard of the World Company Directory?!

04 Nov

Odyssey Marine attempt to raid HMS Victory

As expected, Odyssey Marine, the plundering American ‘marine exploration’ company are intent on raising HMS Victory from its resting place in the English Channel.


Using the cynical argument that fishing is damaging the wreck site, they want merely to get at the estimated $1bn of gold that the ship is said to hold. Have a look at the BBC article and listen to their CEO try to justify an operation to raise the wreck.

This is the company that plundered gold from a Spanish ship but was then ordered to hand the treasure back to Spain (see BBC article here). They are clearly trying to make their claim appear legitimate to the UK government and the Ministry of Defence, but they are well known for their tactics and are unlikely to be able to dive on the wreck, let alone bring anything further to the surface.

A number of concerned groups have contacted the authorities to express their concern and offer professional (and non-commercial) assistance in the archaeology and conservation of the wreck and the artefacts contained within it.

Read more about the Alderney Elizabethan Wreck