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New fake invoice from IPOS doing the rounds

We have received new reports about a fake invoice posing to come from the Intellectual Property Organisation Service (IPOS). We advise you to throw these bills away, because they are offers, not invoices. The offer is about registering your trademark and IPOS presents itself as an official authority, which it isn’t. Any money you pay can be considered lost and will have you stuck to a long-term agreement. Similar fake invoices from this organisation circulated last year.

As this fake invoice is no more than an offer, you are under no obligation whatsoever to pay. If you want to register your intellectual property, you may want to avoiod IPOS, as you’ll pay as much as € 1,625, and you’ll get next to nothing in return.

  • #bogus bills
  • #fake invoices
  • #IPOS
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Fake invoice from ‘International Organisation Intellectual Property’

A company calling itself International Organisation Intellectual Property (IOIP) is sending out fake invoices to Dutch businesses. These letters look like invoices, but the small print reads that they are offers for trademark registration in an unofficial database for the period of one year.

  • #bogus bills
  • #fake invoices
  • #IOIP
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Fake invoice from IDR Europe
Watch out for fake invoice from IDR Europe

Watch out when you receive an invoice from a company calling itself IDR Europe. The bill refers to the expiry of an SSL certificate. The amount due is supposedly € 154.88. The amount needs to be paid into a German bank account. The fact that there is no Chamber of Commerce or VAT number on the invoice should set off your alarm bells.

  • #fake invoices
  • #IDR Europe
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Bin fake invoices from ‘Office Software Online’

You may have received an ‘invoice’ from a company calling itself Office Software Online, with the amount of € 890 on it. Put this letter where it belongs: in the shredding machine. This is a fake invoice, an offer presented as a bill. By making it look like an invoice, the senders are hoping that […]

  • #bogus bills
  • #fake invoice fraud
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New fake OfficeConnectStore invoice

Businesses have received a new fake invoice purporting to come from OfficeConnectStore. It’s a slightly modified version of a similar bogus invoice sent last July.

The previous bill was for € 730 and referred to a ‘HQ Premier LED Package’. Now, the scammers are charging € 980 for an ‘Extended Business License’.

Watch out! You are under no obligation to pay this ‘invoice’. If you pay, you will enter into an agreement, which will only cost you dearly – you won’t get anything in return.

Our advice
The senders of such emails are hoping that the recipients will respond quickly without giving these messages much thought. Remain alert and bin this spoof invoice immediately.

  • #bogus bills
  • #fake invoices
  • #OfficeConnectStore
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Fake monthly Telfort invoice by email

Scammers are spamming out a fake email which purports to come from Telfort. It’s designed to lure recipients to a fake website where they are asked to disclose their personal details.

The Telfort customer is told they can check their latest monthly invoice online. Anyone who clicks on the hyperlinks given in this message (don’t do this!), will see that the email refers to a website that looks very much like the authentic Telfort website.

Fake Telfort website Authentic Telfort website

The user credentials needed to log in to this fake website will go straight to the scammers. A clear sign that this website is fake is the absence of “https” in the url. Moreover, a number of hyperlinks on the site don’t seem to be working. If you clicking on them, you will get an error message.

Our advice
Invoices are a popular subject in fake emails. Click here to read more.

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  • #fake invoice
  • #phishing
  • #Telfort
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