Beware of spoofed calls that impersonate the USPTO

Published on: 06/15/2023 11:19 AM



US Patent and Trademark Office

Beware of spoofed calls that impersonate the USPTO

We are aware of phone scams where scammers attempt to fool applicants into providing personal or payment information by falsely claiming to be an employee with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The scammers use a tactic called "spoofing," where they will trick phone networks into displaying a name, number, and location different from their actual name, number, and location. They’re trying to trick you into believing you’re talking to the USPTO, so they can steal money or personal information from you. 

If you receive a call from someone you suspect is a scammer, do not give them any personal identifying or payment information. If we do call you, it will be to ask questions specific to your application as part of our examination process, or to invite you to a free outreach event in your area.

If you suspect that you have received a spoofed call:

If you paid any money or gave the caller personal information, see what to do if you’ve been scammed. Take further action by filing a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.  

We take all scams very seriously and appreciate your vigilance as we work to keep our customers safe. If you have questions, please email or or call our contact centers at 1-800-786-9199.


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