Beware of Underhanded Solicitations: That’s Not a Bill

You are going through your mail, and you see an ad for this service, and a proposal for that service, both trying to sell you on how much you need what they have to offer. You know those are sales pitches. But then you see something that looks like a bill, but you aren’t even sure that you ordered those services. You know that County Website does those things, so you wonder if it’s a bill from them or someone that they use. Maybe you unwittingly agreed to something from that last sales call you listened to? Don’t be fooled. It’s a cleverly disguised solicitation, trying to get you to pay for their services that you never asked for.

We’ve received numerous phone calls and emails about a “bill” our customers are receiving. It’s from a company called DNS Services, and they’re sending out a SOLICITATION in the form of a bill requesting payment. The fine print clearly states: “THIS IS A SOLICITATION FOR…”

Our advice to our clients is that we encourage you to disregard this offer. In our opinion, we do not see value for our clients. The company isn’t even straightforward in their pitch. Never sign or pay for anything that you didn’t agree to. They are hoping that you’ll send payment to them, thinking that you actually owe them money.
DNS Services Solicitation

The letter is a solicitation, however, they have clearly made it appear as if it is bill for services that you have requested. This is not a service that you need, it is not a bill from CountyWebsite.
Solicitation disclaimer

The letter states, in fine print:
THIS IS A SOLICITATION FOR THE ORDER OF GOODS OR SERVICES, OR BOTH, AND NOT A BILL INVOICE OR STATEMENT OF ACCOUNT DUE. YOU ARE UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO MAKE ANY PAYMENTS ON ACCOUNT OF THIS OFFER UNLESS YOU ACCEPT THIS OFFER.

If you have any questions, please call your CountyWebsite representative or our office at (703) 535-3320.

About Reba Winstead

Reba Winstead is the blogger and social media manager at CountyWebsite.com, and the editor of several community news websites through CountyWebsite.com.

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