Scam invoice culprits jailed
Over the past 12 months, we have noticed a sharp increase in the number of fake invoices being received by our clients
While we are sure to warn our clients of these invoices, there are many who are caught out by them, especially if they have not filed through a representative.
The scam invoices are very convincing and claim that further funds need to be paid in regards to a recently filed trade mark applications.
These claims are false but many are tricked into giving these fraudsters their money.
However, a recent decision in Sweden has taken a step in the right direction in tackling the fraudsters.
A group of scammers has been jailed for sending misleading invoices claiming to be in relation to their EU trade marks under the header ‘OMIH’, which bear a big similarity to OHIM, the previous name for the EU Intellectual Property Office.
More than 20 people were subject to the criminal trial, and all were found guilty of fraud. The Court also approved some claims for damages made by those who had paid money to the fraudsters.
This is a step in the right direction but there are still a large number of people trying to scam hard earned cash from hard working brands.
Therefore, please be aware and always contact us to confirm the legitimacy of a letter before you make any payments.
By Ellis Sweetenham