Secretary of State's Office Warns of New Scam


The Secretary of State’s office is warning business owners about a scam that has surfaced in the state.

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant says business owners are receiving postcards from a firm called “Business Compliance Division” with an official looking logo.  The cards ask owners to call a number to fix a potential compliance violation and are told they need to pay a fee of up to 85 dollars to apply for a certificate of existence.

Tennant says the state does not require such a certificate, but one could be required if they are pursuing business in another state.  The Secretary of State’s office issues those certificates for a ten dollar fee.

Tennant encourages business to be on the lookout for the postcards and call the Secretary of State’s office with any questions.