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European Union Intellectual Property Office Fake Payment Reminders

Protecting Your Business: A Warning Against Fake EUIPO Payment Reminders

Lorena Neira

Lorena Neira

19 December 20232 min read

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European Union Intellectual Property Office, Fake Payment Reminders

In the ever-evolving landscape of business and intellectual property, safeguarding your assets has never been more crucial. Unfortunately, a new threat has emerged, preying on businesses and individuals involved in trademark matters — the Fake EUIPO Payment Reminder. This deceptive letter cleverly mimics the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), aiming to deceive unsuspecting recipients.

The fraudulent letter boldly dons the EUIPO logo, name, acronym, and address, creating an illusion of authenticity that is difficult to distinguish from the real deal. Posing as a legitimate EUTM payment reminder, the scam even goes so far as to claim electronic signatures from senior managers within the Office, adding a false layer of credibility.

At the heart of the scam is a demand for a registration fee, urging recipients to transfer funds to a bank account.

How to Shield Yourself

The EUIPO has a policy of never sending invoices or payment demands to users. If you receive any such communication, regardless of its appearance, it is unequivocally not legitimate. Moreover, it urges anyone who receives a scam decision to report it to information@euipo.europa.eu

In the event that you receive any letters demanding payment, it is imperative that you do not pay any fees before consulting your attorney here at LegalForce RAPC Worldwide, P.C. As part of the trademark filing process, government fees must be paid in advance, and we, as your legal representatives, are responsible for collecting this fee on your behalf.

Furthermore, it's important to note that all formal communications from the EUIPO are directed to our designated address for service. In the event that you receive any direct communications pertaining to your trademarks, we encourage you to share a copy with us via email. We are more than willing to offer guidance on whether any necessary actions need to be taken or if, indeed, it is a fraudulent attempt.

Our team is here to guide you through these complexities and ensure the safety of your intellectual property. If you receive any suspicious correspondence, reach out to us promptly before taking any action.

At LegalForce RAPC Worldwide, P.C., we stand as your vigilant guardians against such threats. With the rise in fraudulent activities, our commitment to ensuring your safety and security has never been stronger.


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