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Phone Scam Targets Immigrants

Around this time last year, we reported on telephone scams involving callers purporting to be immigration officers contacting foreign nationals to demand money. Recently, there have been reports of a similar scam targeting...more

Spear Phishing Scams Targeting Corporate Executives

The FBI has seen an increase in sophisticated “spear phishing” scams targeting executives across industry sectors. Spear phishing is when a criminal sends an e-mail that appears to be from a trusted source to a specific...more

Markit to Market - May 2014

In This Issue: - Scammers Still Be...Scamming - Contests – Check Rules Before Offering! - Catalogs as Specimens - gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open - Excerpt from Scammers Still Be...Scamming: Based...more

Scammers Still Be Scamming

Based on the volume of scam letters and email sent to us by our clients, trademark and domain name scams continue unabated in 2014. In fact, if anything, these scams have increased in volume and creativity. Remember to look...more

Watch Out! Telephone Scams Targeting Foreign Nationals on the Rise

In recent weeks there has been an increase in telephone scams that are designed to fraudulently elicit money and personal information from foreign nationals. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has warned...more

IRS Issues Warnings about Email and Telephone Tax Scams

As the 2014 tax filing season progresses the Internal Revenue Service has issued warnings to taxpayers about convincing fraudulent email messages and telephone calls seeking payments or personal information that will enable...more

Outrageous Scams in Financing: Not So Unusual After All

When fundraising, remember—everyone is trying to cheat you. Well, that’s not really true, but it’s obvious that we’d all be skeptical if a foreign “prince” is offering a start-up company several million dollars with...more

Congressional Democrats Want Meeting With Attorney General On Mortgage Fraud Enforcement

On March 17, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Representatives Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Maxine Waters (D-CA) sent a letter requesting a meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder to review the findings of a recent report...more

Warning: Unsolicited Requests For Payment Of Fees

Owners of patent or design applications or registrations should be aware that there are bogus operators in existence who take the published details of such applications to send out invoices for unnecessary publications or...more

Consumer Fraud and Weight Loss Scams - Federal Trade Commission Charges Companies with Deceptive Marketing

We all have seen advertisements for weight-loss solutions, and they are often prevalent in the weeks after the New Year. Are these advertisements examples of consumer fraud? According to US Legal.com, consumer fraud refers to...more

Consumer Alert For Corporate And Non-Profit Entities Regarding Corporate Records Scam

We are once again entering the season when most for-profit and non-profit corporations file their annual reports with the Secretary of State or other applicable agency in the states where they are organized as well as the...more

Avoiding a Business Scam

Today, most of the scams reported in the news that are targeted against businesses seem to have gone high tech and usually involve illegal hacking into a company’s computer network. However, some fraud still occurs the old...more

Power of attorney abuse: What can you do about it?

A financial power of attorney — sometimes called a “power of attorney for property” or a “general power of attorney” — can be a valuable planning tool. But it’s susceptible to abuse by scam artists, dishonest caretakers or...more

Watch Out for Trademark and Copyright Registration Scams!

The requirements for registering trademarks, copyrights and business names can sometimes be puzzling. A variety of new scams are targeting people unfamiliar with the process by demanding payment for registering or renewing...more

Scammers Continue to Target Customers

There have been numerous reports that West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issued a warning to consumers on Monday, January 13, 204, about a Target gift card scam occurring throughout the country on social media...more

Pay Your Debts To Stay Out Of Jail? No way!

Scammers are sending emails threatening jail if you don't pay some debt. Don't fall for it....more

Beware of EB-5 Investor Scam

Recently, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a warning regarding scams associated with the EB-5 investor visa. According to USCIS, scammers target foreign nationals who are seeking to become permanent...more

Safe Harbor Means Safe Harbor: Sixth Circuit Rejects Any Judicial Deference to HUD’s Sham Affiliated Business Guidelines

Providing clarity in an area of law that had become increasingly muddled over the last two decades, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has issued a decision that clarifies the scope of RESPA’s safe harbor for...more

How An Oil And Gas Scammer Avoided Justice

Scoundrels often get away with their crimes by scamming lots of victims for small amounts, so that no one investor can afford to prosecute his claim. Big Rock Investors Association v. Big Rock Petroleum, Inc. was an...more

Lawyers Beware! A Con Artist is Just a Phone Call or Email Away

Everyone has either received, or knows someone who has received, an email from the relative of a deposed King (or Queen) of Nigeria where this royal relative is willing to pay you millions of dollars if you would only help...more

Beware of Another USCIS Telephone Scam

Immigration applicants and foreign residents are advised about another possible telephone scam involving U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS). If you receive a phone call from 800-375-5283, the USCIS general...more

FTC Takes Tough Action Against ‘Scareware’ Tactics

A great way to make money is to develop a product or service that responds to a consumer want or demand, and then to stay ahead of prospective competitors by offering better pricing or quality. A not-so-great way to make...more

"Obamacare" Should Be of No Concern to Medicare Beneficiaries, Although Scammers May Tell You Otherwise

Starting October 1, 2013, people who lack health insurance can start signing up for coverage through the new Internet-based health insurance marketplaces set up under the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). Most of those...more

Advertising Law -- Oct 10, 2013

Fourth Circuit "Likes" First Amendment Protection for Social Media Speech - A Facebook "like" is speech protected by the First Amendment, the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, reversing a federal court...more

USCIS Telephone Scam Targets Applicants and Petitioners

In recent weeks there have been increased instances of a new telephone scam targeting USCIS applicants and petitioners. Scammers are calling applicants and petitioners using a technique called “Caller ID spoofing” to display...more

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