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WTP Trademark publication sends fake invoice

WTP Trademark Publication is sending out offers that look very much like invoices. Don’t fall for this scam.

Reading the letter carefully, you will understand that it is only an offer for registration of your business data.

The problem is that the sender doesn’t have anything to do with the official trademark registration bodies. And if you pay the amount of € 890, you will accept a three-year contract.

Our advice
This letter may look like an invoice, it’s only an offer. This means there is no obligation to pay. The offer can be safely ignored.

If you have paid, please check the general terms and conditions to see whether conditions to see if the agreement needs to be canceled to avoid a renewal.

  • #fake invoices
  • #trademarks
  • #WTP
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Fake invoice from DTG doing the rounds

Fake invoices are doing the rounds supposedly coming from DTG (Dutch telephone directory and yellow pages). The attachment contains a bill for an advertising campaign. The money, € 786.50, needs to be paid into a Romanian bank account.

The invoice looks identical to authentic DTG invoices. Only the customer numbers, invoice numbers and address details don’t match the real customer data. Besides, DTG never uses a Romanian bank account number.

The email has been sent out in large numbers, both to DTG customers and to people who have no contract with the company.

Our advice
Don’t respond if you have received such an invoice from DTG. Please forward it to valse-email@fraudehelpdesk.nl before deleting it from your mailbox. If you have paid, pleas report to the police.

  • #DTG
  • #telephone directory scams
  • #yellow pages
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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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