Possible scam vendor -- National Infotech Directory (NIC) -- Rick Anderson Stephen Clark 25 Sep 2002 16:01 UTC

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From: "Rick Anderson" <rickand@unr.edu>
Subject: Possible scam vendor -- National Infotech Directory (NIC)
Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 08:37:58 -0700

Hi, everyone --

I've recently had an interesting exchange with the publishers of the
National Infotech Directory, and wonder whether others have been hearing
from them as well.  My interaction leads me to suspect that they're
running a typical directory scam -- in this case, publishing a directory
and sending it out to libraries at no charge, then invoicing the library
(to the tune of several hundred dollars) for a subsequent edition.  The
guy I spoke with couldn't cite a purchase order number, but promised to
fax me evidence of an order on our part.  Not surprisingly, he never did so.

If someone from NIC can clarify the company's sales practices for the
benefit of our readers, that would be very welcome.  In the meantime,
this is just one more company to be on lookout for.  I've instructed my
staff to bring any invoices from from this company directly to me.

Rick Anderson
Director of Resource Acquisition
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