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Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap Issues Alert to Corporations and Non-Profit Entities Regarding Solicitations from Council for...

Numerous Maine corporations have received mailings recently from a business operating under the name Maine Council for Corporations, whose address is usually listed as 126 Western Ave., #338, Augusta, ME 04330-7252. Please be...more

Yet Another Tax Scam

CBS This Morning covered an important story about yet another tax scam. Under this scam, thieves posing as IRS agents call individuals and use scare tactics to frighten the victims into sending money. The threat is that if...more

11th Circuit Certifies Insurable Interest Questions in Pruco Cases to the Florida Supreme Court

On February 27, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit certified two important questions of Florida insurable interest law to the Florida Supreme Court. ...more

Scam Directed at Lawyers Is Expanding

A scam that has been commonly pulled on collection lawyers and other litigators is now being aimed at transactional lawyers. Be alert to it and know how to avoid becoming a victim....more

DBO Warns Victims Not To Be Victimized Twice

The DBO has become aware that past investors in Leland Energy are being solicited by a purported New York State-licensed attorney claiming to have been hired by the State of California to contact them regarding $6.5 million...more

Don't Be Fooled: There is No Obligation to File an Annual Minutes Requirement State

Many of our corporate clients have received a letter or email from Compliance Services, containing an Annual Minutes Requirement Statement. The letter or email requests that the Statement be completed and returned with a...more

FINRA Issues Guidance on Avoiding Investment Scams

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) recently issued an Investor Alert (the “Alert”) to warn investors about the most prevalent types of investment fraud and provide guidance on how to avoid being defrauded....more

FBI Warns Against Fraudulent E-mail Scheme

Companies should take notice of a new fraud scheme that has been making the rounds, targeting businesses that regularly make wire transfers. Known as the "Business E-mail Compromise," or BEC, this scam targets employees...more

Unsolicited Offers for Trademark-Related Services in the United States

WARNING! If you have filed a trademark application in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), it is likely that you will be the target of private companies who will try to confuse you into paying unnecessary fees....more

Tax Scam Redux, 2014

Recent headlines regarding the submission of fraudulent tax returns underscores the need for vigilance when filing any tax return. Most news accounts indicate that it is the “online” filing that is most at risk. This means...more

IRS Scrutinizes Captive Insurance

Every year the IRS issues a list of tax scams pertinent to that filing season. This list is commonly referred to as the (“Dirty Dozen”). The Dirty Dozen warns taxpayers of illegal tax avoidance schemes that can lead to...more

Repeated IRS Warnings Haven’t Stopped Telephone Scams

In October 2013, the IRS issued taxpayers a warning about a pervasive telephone scam designed to solicit payments and release of personal information from individuals. The IRS issued a second warning concerning the scam near...more

No it is not the IRS calling. Phone scammers pretending to be the IRS

Phone scams have become a persistent and pervasive problem for many taxpayers. Scammers are able to alter caller ID numbers to make it look like the IRS is calling. ...more

Immigration Corner: Scams Abound, Getting Acquainted with the Business Visitor, and CBP Eases Your Next U.S. Entry

New Initiatives = New Targets for Scams - Unfortunately, where there is uncertainty, there are those who will use scams to target those individuals looking for clarity. On November 20, 2014, the President announced a...more

Telephone Calls from the IRS

In the last week, I have received two messages on my answering machine at home purporting to be from the IRS, advising me that I owe taxes and if I don’t call them back I may be arrested. I’ve also gotten calls from other...more

Advertising Law - November 2014 #3

NAD Sniffs at Odor Protection Claims - Concerned that a 48 hour antiperspirant/deodorant constitutes an overstated claim of “100% odor protection,” the National Advertising Division recommended...more

Beware of IP Scams-Invention Development

Information about patent and trademark applications, processes and maintenance requirements is much more accessible to the public than it used to be. In particular, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has...more

Fraudsters Rising: IRS Impersonators Flooding the Phone Lines

There seems to be an uptick in phone calls from people claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service, telling potential victims they owe back taxes and demanding immediate payment. They threaten lawsuits (or worse) unless...more

Advertising Law - October 2014 #3

Permanent Ban From Prize Promotion Business After Sweepstakes Scam - A sweepstakes operator agreed to a permanent ban from the prize promotion business pursuant to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission after...more

Beware of Tax Phishing Scams

We have recently become aware (again) of fake emails purporting to emanate from the CRA and informing the recipient that he/she has received an Interac email money transfer (i.e., a surprise refund). Generally, the...more

SEC Obtains Asset Freeze of Turks and Caicos Company Conducting Ponzi Scheme

The Securities and Exchange Commission has obtained an emergency asset freeze of a Turks and Caicos company that allegedly ran a Ponzi scheme in Florida. According to the SEC’s complaint, between November 2004 and May 2014,...more

Beware of Scam Targeting H-1B Applicants

Visa applicants are often the subject of scams and other fraudulent activity and the immigration lawyers at Shapiro Law Group have become aware of a new scam targeting H1-B visa applicants that arose over the summer....more

Protecting the bank’s position when customers fall hook, (on)line and sinker for vishing frauds

As fraud continues to cost the UK economy billions each year, bank customers are now looking to the banks to cover their losses. What steps should banks take to defend themselves against such claims? Online banking...more

Alert – New Scam Targets Indian H-1b Applicants

Beware of a new scam, experienced by our clients and confirmed to have occurred by the American Immigration Lawyers Association to employees of other Indian companies. Callers, posing as officers of U.S. Citizenship and...more

August Scam-of-the-Month Award

It turns out that back in 2011 the hospital sold the right to use its hospital billing codes to free-standing clinics. So under the arrangement, when the clinics sent bills, they were hospital bills rather than clinic bills...more

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