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!
So I took a moment and Googled it, and sure enough, this scam has been ongoing for a few years. They have more complaints than Carter has liver pills (if you understand that you’re probably old), but they stay just within the legal guidelines and cannot be shut down. It’s amazing. No doubt hundreds of 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 are Compliance Services’ victims, not large corporations. This is clearly a case of a someone taking advantage of the economy, and preying on the one’s who can least afford to be taken. This is definitely a MISS!
Compliance Service is a scam and their officers should be jailed. Of course, the entire country was scammed by executives, none of which were even scolded, let alone punished.