There are many musicians that have been preyed upon by businesses. James Moore suggests staying away from one type of service in particular: automated music submission services. He believes that many of the services are misleading and has tested Beatwire. Read his thoughts about the service and other cautions he has for musicians on Music Think Tank.
“Most musicians desire success, and the companies who know this take serious advantage of that fact, saying “Send your press release to us and we’ll get you on the desks of major editors”. It’s misleading, and we’d all be better off if what was being sold was described without unrealistic fanaticism.” (Read On)