FRAUD HELP DESK

THE DUTCH NATIONAL ANTI-FRAUD HOTLINE

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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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Fake Ziggo invoice demanding 3V payment

A fake invoice supposedly from Ziggo is making the rounds. The scammers try to fool recipients that they owe the telecoms provider € 103.50. The emails tells them to buy a 3V prepaid voucher to pay a bill. 3V transactions are perfectly legal, but bonafide organisations will never ask for such a voucher to pay an outstanding bill.

Our advice
Have you received an ‘invoice’ like the one described? If so, delete it from your inbox. And remember, you are under no obligation to pay anything at all.

Fake reminder email supposedly from Ziggo

Ziggo’s name has been hijacked in a late payment reminder email. The money you supposedly owe the Dutch telecom provider is € 78 and you have three days to click on a link that will show you how to pay.

Do not click on this link. Why not? You can find the explanation right at the bottom of the email: “Watch out for phishing: cyber criminals angling for your confidential details. Ziggo will never send you an email asking for your personal details.” Delete this message immediately.

  • #fake invoice
  • #phishing
  • #Ziggo
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