08 Dec Do I Need to Pay Attention to this Business Notice, or is it a Scam? **Attorney Advertising **
Whenever I register a trademark or help a client incorporate their business, I warn that solicitations will start coming to the business owner fast and furious via mail and email.
This is because once you file, your info is publicly available and other businesses will begin to collect your data and market to you. Some of these marketing tactics and solicitations can look like official government documents or legitimate bills. See example:
However, I’ve found that 99% of the time the correspondence is simply a solicitation, and in some cases, even a scam.
Just last month I received what appeared to be a $228 bill for an Annual Website Domain Listing. At first glance, it looked like a renewal I might need to pay to keep my domains active for the year ahead.
But, the “bill” was not from my hosting company and wasn’t even really a renewal. It was, instead, a solicitation to “enhance my website exposure” and put my domain on some type of registry. Needless to stay, it went right in the trash.
Some solicitations are tougher to identify. If you are concerned that a letter or email you are receiving about your business is not quite legit, you can always call or email the company to try to get more information before making a decision.
A quick Google search or social media query can also reveal what the solicitation is really about, as people will often share their experiences online so that others can avoid similar scams or unnecessary offers.
Finally, it’s my hope that you have an “open communication” policy with your business and intellectual property attorney. One aspect of our business that I am quite proud of at the Law Office of Jason H. Rosenblum, PLLC is our close attorney-client relationships. Because we don’t charge for every phone call or email that comes into the firm, we know our clients feel comfortable picking up the phone when they have questions about their intellectual property. The value of having an open line of communication with your attorney cannot be overstated.
If you don’t have that kind of relationship with your lawyer and want one, it’s never too late to make a change. If we can help you do just that, feel free to call our trademark, copyright, and intellectual property law firm at 888-666-0062 to schedule a consultation.
DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice or a substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney.
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