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Beware misleading mails from scammers

The EPO has become aware that malicious emails have been
sent to European patent attorneys purporting to be from the EPO, containing
unsolicited attachments or including links to third party domains. The EPO does
not send out such emails. The latest known phishing attempt alleges that the
recipient’s Smart Card to access EPO services has expired, but future phishing
attempts could be made in relation to other EPO services or e.g. fees.

If you are suspect that an email that appears to come from
the EPO might be a phishing attempt, please contact our customer support to
verify the authenticity of the email by phone. Do not click on any links in
such an email or open any attached documents until you are sure the EPO indeed
sent that email to you.

The following are indicators that an email is probably a
phishing attempt:

  • The
    sender address is not epo.org (but rather e.g. epo.com)
  • The
    email contains links to third party web pages, but not to epo.org
  • The
    email contains attachments you did not request