FRAUD HELP DESK

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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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Fake invoice for ‘Trademark Registration’

Fraud Help Desk advises Dutch businesses not to pay an invoice sent by a company calling itself Trademark & Patent Publications (TPP). The bogus bill mentions an amount of € 1370. However, this is not an invoice, it’s an offer disguised as a bill. There is no obligation to pay.

  • #fake invoice
  • #TPP
  • #Trademark & Patent Publications
  • #trademark registration
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Fake Promotion Services Europe invoice doing the rounds

Several complaints have come in to Fraud Help Desk about a fake invoice sent by a company calling itself Promotion Services Europe. None of the businesses who have received the invoice have had any contact with this organisation before.

Those who do not respond, will receive reminder notices from Promotion Services Europe. Failure to pay will result in a visit by a bailiff (gerechtsdeurwaarder), the fraudsters warn. The threatening tone is clearly designed to prompt speedy payment. There is no small print on the invoice.

Our advice
If you have received this or a similar fake invoice, demanding payment for goods or services that you never ordered, then we advise you to ask for written proof of the original order. The sender, in this case Promotion Services Europe, must be able to present evidence of the alleged purchase agreement.

  • #fake invoices
  • #Promotion Services Europe
  • #PSE
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Yet another fake CJIB traffic fine

Scammers have once again sent out an reminder notice supposedly from CJIB, the official central fine-collection agency in the Netherlands. The email is virtually identical to the one sent earlier this week. The only changes are the subject line, the email account and the sender’s address.

The spelling errors, such as CIJB instead of CJIB, are still there.

Our advice
Delete this email immediately. You are under no obligation to pay and you won’t risk any legal action if you don’t reply.

  • #CJIB
  • #fake invoices
  • #phishing
  • #traffic fines
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Fake invoice from bogus patent office

Dutch companies are currently receiving a fake invoice from the ‘Central Trademark and Patent Register’ [Centraal Register voor Merken en Octrooien]. The bill asks for a payment of € 385, the fee for intellectual property and brand protection

Our advice
This is a typical example of a fake invoice; an offer disguised as a bill. Closer examination of the small print shows that this is only an offer and there is no obligation for you to pay at all. You can safely throw this letter away.

  • #fake invoices
  • #patent office
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