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New fake invoice from International Patent & Trademark Index (IPTI)

Dutch businesses are still receiving fake invoices which purport to come from patent agencies. Earlier today, we warned of a bogus bill from a company calling itself International Patent & Trademark Organization (IPTO). Now, another variant has popped up, supposedly coming from the International Patent & Trademark Index (IPTI).

  • #fake invoices
  • #IPTI
  • #patents
  • #trademarks
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New fake invoice from the International Patent & Trademark Index (IPTI)

Dutch businesses are still receiving fake invoices which purport to come from patent agencies. Earlier today, we warned of a bogus bill from a company calling itself International Patent & Trademark Organization (IPTO). Now, another variant has popped up, supposedly coming from the International Patent & Trademark Index (IPTI).

  • #fake invoices
  • #IPTI
  • #patents
  • #trademarks
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Ignore fake invoice from International Patent & Trademark Organization

Bogus invoices are popping up again purporting to come from an agency offering to patent your brand name. Ignore these fake invoices. They are only offers, so you are under no obligation to pay, as you will find out when you read the poorly crafted small print: ‘This form is Solely the sacrifice for the conduding of the contract (…) . ”

The amount due is € 1799. The sender is the International Patent & Trademark Organization (IPTO), based in the Czech city of Brno, according to the invoice.

  • #fake invoices
  • #IPTO
  • #patents
  • #trademarks
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Jarrod Walsh: Requested receipt ID:903FA5

Jarrod Walsh must be one of the most multinational scammers currently active in the Netherlands. His name sounds English, the domain name of his email account refers to a photo exhibition in Germany and the email software he uses is Dutch. The Regional Sales Director (of what?) may therefore be forgiven for crafting strange sentences and mixing up words like receipt and invoice. This is obviously a scam designed to tempt you to pay. Don’t answer the email. Delete it immediately.

  • #fake invoice
  • #Jarrod Walsh
  • #malicious software
  • #phishing scam
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Fake invoice Central Register of Trademarks and Patents
Bin ‘Central Trademarks and Patents Registration’ invoice

You can safely ignore any bill sent by the Central Register of Trademarks and Patents [Centraal Register voor Merken en Octrooien]. The €400 invoice is fake. Closer inspection shows that this is actually an offer for a “voluntary registration”.

You can safely pass the invoice through the shredder, because there is no obligation to pay. If you do, you will have lost your money. Your brand, trademark or patent will not be protected when you strike a deal with this company.

  • #fake invoices
  • #patents
  • #trademark
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Ziggo scam email
Ziggo’s € 152.25 invoice is fake

The name and logo of Dutch telecom provider Ziggo feature prominently on a new fake invoice currently making the rounds. The message informs recipients that a direct debit payment has failed. They are asked to make a new effort pay the outstanding amount of € 152.25. Do not do this, because the money will go straight into the coffers of scammers.

The message has the subject ‘Your invoice’ [‘Uw factuur’]. A hyperlink printed in big bold orange letters asks you to “Request your payment details” [‘Vraag uw betaalgegevens op’].

Our advice
This is clearly a fake invoice sent private individuals. Don’t let the threat of a debt collection procedure worry you. Our advice is simple: don’t pay.

  • #fake invoices
  • #phishing
  • #Ziggo
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