Press Coverage Archive

Press coverage of the guides and scams we feature
The media and the British media in particular are very good at exposing scams, con artists and fraudsters. It is staple diet and so it should be! Those who make their income by dishonest or unethical means live in fear of the press expose.

Below is just a small selection of the press coverage the guides we feature have attracted. If you have an article that you think should be included Please emial it to us!

If you are outraged by the way a scam has affected you, please read our notes on how to get a story into your local media.



Copyright for all articles reproduced here remains with the original publsiher. StopECG is not responsible for the content of articles we reproduce or link to.

General Articles
This site was initially established in opposition to the European City Guide, however as the connectivity between many of the guides has become clear a number of articles have been published exposing these links and the people behind them

Tages-Anzeiger Articles This Swiss Newspaper has studied the guide scams in great detail, we reccomend reading then in numerical order, oldest first. The German Language originals are in PDF Format. All are reproduced here by kind permission
10th Oct 2006 English | German
28th Dec 2005 English | German
31st Oct 2005 English | German
24th Sep 2005 English | German
10th Sep 2005 English | German
6th Sep 2005 English | German

Other General Articles
EP adopts Busuttil report on Business Directory Scams Times Of Malta 16th December 2008
Meinolf's city guide empire Times Of Malta 17th April 2006 (Written by Joseph Muscat MEP)
title unknown Security Lab 26th Feb 2006 (Russian Language report on the attacks on www.stopecg.org)
Lanak Prijevara: Azuriranje Podataka Postalo Narudzba Na 1.100 Eura Sporovi 16th November 2007 (Croatian langauge article primarily looking at Novachannel A.G.)

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novachannel, CON FIRM SIELNCES WEBSITE
Daily Mirror 19/01/06
Meinolf Lüdenbach BIG BULLY WHO GOT RICH OFF EURO AD CON
Daily Mirror 26/01/06
Interview with Simon Busuttil MEP, 26/05/08



ECG, European City Guide | Support Page
This company has attracted massive criticism As well as the printed articles below it has been featured on Radio 4 (You and Yours)(3 times), Watchdog (BBC1) X-Ray (BBC Wales) and has recieved coverage on several local radio Stations. With the Exception of Watchdog we do not have copies of these features

Warning over adverts scam Redditch Advertiser 15th December 2008
Warning over unsolicited advertising Warrington Guardian 5th December 2008
90 Maltese firms caught in advertising scam Times Of Malta 27th May 2008
Hetherington: victim of European scam fights back Mail On Sunday 30th December 2007
Schools hoodwinked in Euro guide debt scam Irish Independant 13th April 2006 (Registration required to veiw)
Europski vodic ili kako na nizak nacin doci do krupnog kapitala Online article (in Croatian)
Ask your MEP - Misleading advertising Times Of Malta31st Jan 2006
Swiss Stole Daily Mirror 24th Nov 2005 (Very short article on ECG/Premium Recovery)
European City Guide scam threatens barber Irish Post Jan 30th 2005 (Contains particularly serious allegations of ECG collection tactics)
Daily Mirror 9th June 2005
Za fantomski »oglas« 937 eura Glas Istre 31st Jan 2006
Bedava sandilar reklamla yandilar Hurriyet (In Turkish) 31st May 2004
Irish Post (Ireland) September 28th 2003
Daily Mirror 25th September 2003
West London Business (reproduced here by kind permission)
BBC (Northern Ireland)
This is Worcestershire, Nov 2001
Daily Mirror 22nd June 2001
Irish Post (Ireland) December 3rd 2000
The Daily Telegraph on the First European City Guide 18th Nov 2000
European Advertising Standards Alliance February 2000


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European City Guide, BUSINESS WARNED ON SPANISH GUIDE FEES
South Wales E. Post 23/08/01
European City Guide, WATCH OUT FOR EURO WEB SCAM
N.E. News 7/09/01
European City Guide, CON GUIDE SUCH A SPAIN FOR BUSINESS
Richmond informer 21/09/01
European City Guide, SPANISH MAIL CON COULD COSTA FORTUNE
Hownslow Gurdian 03/10/01
European City Guide, SPANISH BULL, Daily Mirror, 11/08/04
Daily Mirror, 11/08/04



Construct Data (the Fair Guide) | Support Page

Scam targets NZ trade fairs The New Zealand Herald (NZ) 11th April 2007
New Zealand watchdog warns about Austrian company Jurnalo (NZ) 11th April 2007
Euro Con Court In The Act The Daily Mirror (UK) 8th March 2007
Firms warned over guide 'scam' The Sunday Times (UK) 5th March 2006
UFI takes strong position against misleading Construct Data proposals Travel Daily News (Greece) 27th Jan 2006
Sligo businesses warned of ad scam Irish Post 19th Apri 2005


Keep Wolfgang From Your Door, Daily Mirror 2nd August 2002
Daily Mirror 2nd August 2002
 
 
 



Novachannel AG | Support Page

LANAC PRIJAVARA: Azurirranje Podataka Postalo Narudzba na 1.100 Eura Sporivi (Croatia) (16th Nov 2007)



EU Company Directory | Support Page

EU Company Directory offered me a 'free update' Guardian (5 June 2009)
The business directory's 'hidden numbers' BBC (15 June 2008)
Sorted Daily Mirror (2nd Feb 2006)
TITLE REMOVED Manchester Evening News (24th Oct 2005) (StopECG have removed the title of this article response to correspondance from solicitors AJLO, acting on behalf of EU Company Directory, we are not responsible for the wording any external pages we may link to.)


Intercable Verlag | Support Page

Visoka cijena sitnih slova na dnu ugovora Slavonija i Baranja (Croatia) (8th Dec 2007) SKUP OBRAZAC VJESNIK (Croatia) (7th Dec 2007) Bulgarian Businesses Lured In A Catalogue Scheme Sofia Echo (Bulgaria)(22 Oct 2007)
Escrocherie elvetiana cu victime romanesti Evzoro (In Romainian, 28 May 2007)
Directory Scheme Traps Businesses Prague Post (Czech Republic)(29 Nov 2006)
Adressen, die ins Geld gehen St. Galler Tagblatt (Switzerland)(16 Feb 2006)
Czech Firms Are Fighting The Trick From Switzerland (English Translation of Above Article)
Ceske firmy bojuji s trikem ze Svycarska Hospodarsky Noviny (In Czech 13th Feb 2006)



Deutscher Adressdienst GmbH / DAD | Support Page

DAD: Mag ik even vangen? Emerce (In Dutch 1at March 2004)



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