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Scam alert

November 24, 2010

North American Dealer Listing, which purports to "serving auto dealers around the globe," is circulating $93 invoices for its semiannual service. At a quick glance, the N.A.D.L letters resemble a more aboveboard organization in McLean, Va., the NADA.

The N.A.D.L is insidious for presenting itself as a renewal invoice, appealing to dealers to "avoid reactivation fees by remitting now."

And although the listing service boasts of being a dealer's "source of sales referrals today and tomorrow," how or where a dealer would be listed is not identified on the invoice. N.A.D.L. indicates a Hendersonville, Tenn., return address.