I'm writing this post in the hope that some of you will be able to learn from our experience of being a scam target.
Long story short, about two months ago we've filed a trademark registration request for "Themesberg" in the European Union. The costs were around 900 euros, and we knew the whole process would take around 3 months.
A few days ago, I got an invoice in my mail, and it said that we had to pay around 2000 euros for the registration fees. And I was like, whaaat? Something doesn't feel right.
I sent a mail to our representative who has helped us with the registration, and I also researched the internet and it turns out this is just one small part of many misleading invoices that are being sent out to companies registering their trademark. (here's the list: https://euipo.europa.eu/ohimportal/en/misleading-invoices?fbclid=IwAR05nkTlp3NjcmtQxIQYZV_nXdq0uRIVllCazHGDO20HrtwafCw91FmvFJ8)
So guys, be very careful with the invoices, and anything that seems suspicious, should not be taken lightly. These scams are getting more credible and targeted by the day.