Business owners, be aware of a new scam in the digital landscape: “Trademark Blink.” Following the pattern of the earlier “Trademark Swift” scam, this scheme involves misleading emails offering trademark services. Here’s what you need to know to protect your business:
Understanding the Scam
- Unsolicited Offers: “Trademark Blink” sends unsolicited emails claiming to provide trademark registration services.
- False Urgency: These emails often falsely claim that someone is trying to register your business’s trademark, creating a sense of urgency.
- Misleading Information: The scam uses scare tactics and incorrect legal advice to pressure business owners into unnecessary services.
- Unexpected legal service offers via email.
- Extremely low prices for complex legal processes.
- Urgent language implying immediate legal action is necessary.
How to Respond
- Do Not Engage: Ignore these emails. Responding can lead to more scams.
- Seek Legitimate Advice: Consult with a reputable trademark attorney for genuine concerns.
- Educate Your Team: Inform your staff and colleagues about this scam to ensure they are also aware and cautious.
- Report the Scam: Help others by reporting these fraudulent activities to the authorities.
Remember, legitimate legal advice and services regarding trademarks will typically not come unsolicited via email. Always verify the credentials of any legal service provider and consult with trusted professionals when dealing with intellectual property matters.