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Did you get a website hosting bill from Sunshine Biz Services?

Dr. O Scam smallIf you got a bill from Sunshine Biz Services – It’s a SCAM! The fake invoice looks like a real bill

The invoice is a fake renewal notice for annual website hosting. It shows a bill of $180 payable to “Sunshine Biz Services Inc.” It also says: “To pay with a credit card or to avoid receiving paper invoices in the future, please sign up for paperless billing at www.trendywebsolutions. com.”

Unsuspecting businesses may get an invoice like this and pay it – that’s what Sunshine Biz Services is hoping you do!  Scams like this try to confuse people by sending these type of invoices knowing that people usually don’t read the fine print.

While this looks like a bill, it does say : “You are under no obligation to make any payments on account of this offer unless you accept this offer. This notice is not a bill, it is rather an easy means of payment should you decide to renew your web hosting with Sunshine Biz Services.”

But if they aren’t hosting your website to begin with how can you renew hosting with them? Trendy Web Solutions does have a website that appears to offer various hosting packages. But if any company is this shady – would anyone trust their business website to them?

If you try to call the phone number listed you will end up waiting through many prompts and the automated voice eventually says “This is a solicitation, goodbye!”

This particular scam has been around at least since 2015, according to a Reddit post.

According to the BBB

BBB Alert - Pattern of Complaints

BBB files contain a pattern of complaints from consumers that allege they received solicitation that looks like an invoice to be paid in the amount of $180.00.

On January 18th 2019, BBB sent correspondence to Sunshine Biz Services requesting their voluntary cooperation in providing steps it will implement to eliminate the pattern of customer complaints.
BBB will continue to monitor and update the company's report as needed.

 What to do if you get a scam letter?

Tell the FTC: Because keeping consumers safe is a major part of their charge, report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission. You can file a claim at ftc.gov/complaint.

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Comments 9

Guest - PRITAM MALLICK (website) on Tuesday, 14 January 2020 05:54

Extraordinary article. I ran over your blog and felt this was an incredible site and couldn't imagine anything better than to be included on your blog or perhaps just referenced.

Extraordinary article. I ran over your blog and felt this was an incredible site and couldn't imagine anything better than to be included on your blog or perhaps just referenced.
on Wednesday, 01 July 2020 15:54

Thank you very much!

Thank you very much!
Guest - Angi on Saturday, 29 February 2020 17:56

Our business just received this same invoice. We are not paying it and we have submitted a complaint to the FTC.

Our business just received this same invoice. We are not paying it and we have submitted a complaint to the FTC.
Guest - Ted (website) on Friday, 05 June 2020 12:42

Received ours today. What a joke.

The would-be invoice says, in bold, "THIS IS A SOLICITATION FOR THE ORDER OF GOODS OR SERVICES, OR BOTH, AND NOT A BILL, INVOICE, OR STATEMENT OF ACCOUNT DUE"

Received ours today. What a joke. The would-be invoice says, in bold, "THIS IS A SOLICITATION FOR THE ORDER OF GOODS OR SERVICES, OR BOTH, AND NOT A BILL, INVOICE, OR STATEMENT OF ACCOUNT DUE"
Guest - sidd finch on Wednesday, 01 July 2020 15:36

Scammers are out all over. The Sunshine Biz people are the worst. I'm calling their Mommy's and complaining.

Scammers are out all over. The Sunshine Biz people are the worst. I'm calling their Mommy's and complaining.
on Wednesday, 01 July 2020 15:54

LOL- then they'll get sent to bed with no dessert!

LOL- then they'll get sent to bed with no dessert!
Guest - Julie on Wednesday, 09 December 2020 18:29

Got one today. Filed a report with the BBB as well as the FTC. I HATE SCAMMERS! People, I'm sure, are falling for this! JERKS.

Got one today. Filed a report with the BBB as well as the FTC. I HATE SCAMMERS! People, I'm sure, are falling for this! JERKS.
Guest - Interested Person on Monday, 04 January 2021 18:39

Someone needs to either shut down scammers like Sunshine Biz Services, Inc from Bonyton Beach or make them be more forthright if they even have a legitimate business. Makes one's blood boil when people try to cheat honest business people with a ruse like this

Someone needs to either shut down scammers like Sunshine Biz Services, Inc from Bonyton Beach or make them be more forthright if they even have a legitimate business. Makes one's blood boil when people try to cheat honest business people with a ruse like this
on Monday, 04 January 2021 19:21

I agree - wish there was something more we could do. For now we can only spread the word so others don't get ripped off!

I agree - wish there was something more we could do. For now we can only spread the word so others don't get ripped off!
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