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STOP! Don't trust potentially misleading offers and notices from private companies

Posted by Giselle Ayala Mateus | Feb 06, 2021 | 0 Comments

Every time an individual or a company commences an application before a publication agencies, whether it is a trademark application or a new company's registration, a public record is created. Consequently, basic information about the applicant, such as the address for notifications or the email, becomes public. Private companies use this information to contact the applicant with notices that are misleading and appear official at first glance. Applicants must be careful and not be fooled by these notices. 

Public agencies like the Department of State, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the United States Patents and Trademark Offices have issued noticed informing the public about this conduct. You must understand that unless a letter or communication is accompanied by official addresses, emails, and stamps, it should not be trusted. Additionally, for payment purposes, public agencies only accept payment at their official platforms or by mail sent directly to their official address.  

Considering the different scenarios where an applicant could be the victim of a scam, it is advantageous to engage an attorney. An attorney can provide an official and secure address or email to receive notifications. Additionally, an attorney is in a better position to contact public agencies to corroborate the veracity of any communication.

Finally, keep in mind that if you received any communication of this kind, you could do your own research online before answering or making decisions. When a communication is real, you usually find information on the agency's official website in charge of the application or transaction at issue. If the communication is by email, keep in that only a few agencies use the email and that entities that use the email use ".gov" domains and official seals. 

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Giselle Ayala Mateus

Giselle Ayala Mateus is a NY attorney with comprehensive experience in transactional law, creative agreements, business formation, and immigration law. She is also the founder of FOCUS a not-for-profit project focused on supporting entrepreneurs and artists.

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