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Bogus bill from Arena Office Store

Have you been approached by Arena Office Store? If so, bin the letter. It’s a fake invoice.

Several businesses have reported this offer disguised as an invoice. The small print reads that it’s only an offer. This means you are under no obligation to pay.

Our advice
Trash this offer and inform everybody in your company who may have received a similar letter. Any money paid must be considered as lost.

  • #Arena Office Store
  • #fake invoices
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New fake invoice from OfficeSmart

OfficeSmart has revamped its fake invoices. This time, they are sending a ‘bill’ for a software package.

Recipients are informed that they have ordered an ‘SAS Statistical Analysis Software Package’, worth € 990. However, this is just an offer, not an invoice, which means you are under no obligation to pay.

This is not the first time we’ve published a warning about fake invoices from OfficeSmart. Previous scam emails were doing the rounds in 2016 and 2017.

Our advice
Please read the small print of every invoice you receive. Scammers often disguise their offers as bills. Don’t pay these bills. If you do, you will lose your money and you often get nothing in return.

  • #fake invoices
  • #OfficeSmart
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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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