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Don’t Fall for a Scam: Trademark Owners Targeted

Owners of federal trademark registrations and applications have been continuously targeted by scam artists who pull owner names from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) database and contact these owners...more

Privacy Tip #106 – Online Romance Scams

I haven’t been in the dating scene for decades but I know it sure has changed. Millions of people participate in online dating, and I even know several couples who have found their significant other using online dating...more

SEC Focuses on Initial Coin Offerings: Tokens May Be Securities Under Federal Securities Laws

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has recently taken several actions to make clear that it is focused on and actively monitoring the rapidly growing market for so-called “token sales” or “initial coin...more

How to Protect Yourself from Financial Disaster in the Wake of a Natural Disaster

In light of Hurricane Harvey and all the damage that it caused, as well as the potential damage that may be inflicted by Hurricane Irma, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has provided advice on measures to take...more

Privacy Tip #104 – Scammers Prey on Hurricane Victims

It has been so difficult to watch the news reports of the devastation and havoc left in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and now anticipated this weekend by Hurricane Irma, which is being reported as the most powerful storm to...more

Watch Out for Disaster Scams: A Guide to Giving to Hurricane Relief

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

A time of crisis can bring out the best in people — a desire to help others in need — but it can also bring out the worst. Unfortunately, natural disasters create opportunities for scammers to prey on generous people who are...more

Beware of Fundraising Scams Following Hurricane Harvey

Following the catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf Coast, many local and national nonprofits quickly mobilized to respond to survivors’ immediate needs and begin planning for the long-term recovery of...more

EO Update: e-News for Charities & Nonprofits

by Bryan Cave on

Beware of Hurricane Harvey fake charity scams - The IRS issued a warning about possible fake charity scams emerging due to Hurricane Harvey and encouraged taxpayers to seek out recognized charitable groups for their...more

New SEC Investor Alert Re: Initial Coin Offerings

by Goodwin on

Today the SEC issued an Investor Alert warning investors about companies asserting they are engaging in an ICO, when in fact it is a scam. Specifically, “The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is warning...more

Minnesota AG Sues Lending Firms for Scamming Seniors and Veterans

by Goodwin on

On August 17, 2017, the Associated Press announced that Minnesota’s Attorney General is suing two lending firms (with the same Nevada address) for allegedly pressuring veterans and senior citizens into signing over large...more

Privacy Tip #101 - A Recap of our Top 10 Privacy Tips

Last week, our Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider reached a milestone—we hit our 100th privacy tip! This week, we mark that milestone with a special edition Privacy Tip: the top 10 most-viewed privacy tips. Our readers can...more

Don’t be duped by the trademark solicitation

by McAfee & Taft on

The number of companies soliciting trademark renewals and other products or services from trademark registrants has skyrocketed. Why? Because the solicitations are effective in duping trademark owners into thinking the fees...more

Scammers Strike Enigma Initial Coin Offering

In the latest example of security risks attendant to initial coin offerings (ICOs), on August 21st the blockchain startup Enigma reported that online scammers used fake solicitations for an ICO presale to steal approximately...more

Summer's Here, Don't Get Burned!

In May of 2014, this newsletter discussed the prevalence of trademark and domain name scams, and offered tips on how to avoid being duped by fake service offerings (see "Scammers Still Be Scamming" here). Unfortunately,...more

MarkIt to Market® - July 2017

The July 2017 issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to Market® discusses trademark and domain name scams and lists the new gTLD Sunrise periods. Please see full Newsletter below for more information....more

Privacy Tip #98 – Publishers Clearinghouse Imposters are Stealing Consumers’ Money

We all dream about winning the lottery or the Publishers Clearing House folks secretly coming up our walkway and knocking on our door telling us we won millions of dollars. Well, I do....more

Pennsylvania AG creates Consumer Financial Protection Unit

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Pennsylvania’s Attorney General, Josh Shapiro, announced last Friday that his office is creating a Consumer Financial Protection Unit “to better protect Pennsylvania consumers from financial scams.”...more

Court Holds Crime Policy Covers Business Compromise Email Loss

The “business compromise email” is what the FBI calls the “$5 billion scam,” but apparently an insurance company did not agree with an insured company that they had been the victim of a crime....more

SEC and U.S. Attorney’s Office Bring Action Against Promoter of Bitcoin Store, Inc.

by Perkins Coie on

On June 30, 2017, the SEC and the U.S. Attorney brought parallel civil and criminal fraud charges against Renwick Haddow, the owner of an unregistered broker-dealer entity named InCrowd Equity Inc., and two corporate entities...more

Immigration Scams are on the Rise

With immigration scams on the rise, Chicago Tribune reporter Nereoda Moreno delves into the decades of scams that ride on immigrant’s fears, often cost tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars, and result in permanent...more

IRS Warns Consumers Of New Phone Scam Just As Private Collectors Get To Work

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Earlier this year we wrote that the Internal Revenue Service is moving forward with its controversial “Private Debt Collection” program amid a sharp uptick in instances of fraud by scammers posing as legitimate IRS debt...more

CFPB Examines Complaints Filed By Older Consumers

by Goodwin on

On May 31, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its Monthly Complaint Report, this month complaints by consumer aged 62 and older. The CFPB drew its analysis of more than 103,100 complaints from its...more

Privacy Tip #92 – Finally, HHS is Removing SSNs From Medicare Cards

For those of you who know me, you know that I have been very frustrated with the federal and state governments for continuing to use Social Security numbers for eligibility, enrollment and participating in Medicare and...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - May 26th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending May 26, 2017 is below. A short, but significant update this week. Bi-Partisan Legislation Introduced to Stop Online Booking Scams [OTA]. In an effort to curb...more

USA Scam Warning

by Dentons on

Various services may contact you offering to “protect” or “register” your trademark for a fee ranging from $400-$2,000. These companies give the impression of being related to a governmental trademark organization and imply...more

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