I recently received in the mail, an envelope.
It’s green (very official looking) has in big bold type just above the window with my corporation’s address in it, the words: “IMPORTANT – Annual Minutes Requirement Statement – Business Mail – Time Sensitive”. The sender – Compliance Services in Tallahassee, and just below the return address, it says “THIS IS NOT A GOVERNMENT DOCUMENT”. Seeing that it wasn’t a government document I knew it was junk mail, but it was so “official” looking that I was compelled to open it.
Inside were two pages and a return envelope, all looking suspiciously like the documents I get from the government. This one was pertaining to a corporation’s meeting of shareholders. It had my corporate name, corporate number and date, and it included the requisite Florida acts. The second page was an instruction sheet for filling out the form, very much like the government would send. Wow! Even knowing this was a scam I still got that queasy feeling in my stomach that one gets when receiving something from the government. My mind was telling me to fill out the form. That is until it said to send them $125, and the reality of it hit me. What an absolutely great scam this would make!
So I took a moment and Googled it, and sure enough, this type of shady business has been ongoing for a few years and in varied forms. They have more complaints than Carter has liver pills (if you understand that you’re probably old), but I’m told that they stay just within the legal guidelines and cannot be shut down. It’s amazing isn’t it?
No doubt hundreds or thousands of unsuspecting entrepreneurs end up sending them money for this bogus nonsense. And why should I care? Well, aside from the fact that I think it’s unfair, in today’s world where so many have lost their jobs and been forced to start up their own small corporation, it is likely that these poor people and not large corporations, are Compliance Services’ victims. This is clearly a case of a someone taking advantage of the economy, using a legal loophole, and preying on the one’s who can least afford it.
Compliance Service, in my opinion, are perpetrating a scam and I think their officers should be jailed. Of course, the entire country was scammed by executives, none of which were even scolded, let alone punished. So life goes on. Just make sure you’re not their next sucker.