Beware of This Mail Scam
Fraud and scam are common and rampant nowadays. It is not unusual that some people fall prey because, unfortunately, individuals behind such scams are so convincing and that they are so good at embroidering their lies and deceit making them look real and authentic. So beware…
Just recently, it was found out that a mail scam has been attempting to defraud or illegally acquire or obtain money by deceiving small business proprietors. It has been reported that business owners have been receiving mails lately from a company. The company, called “Annual Business Services”, states in their letters that they demand a personal data or information of the business owners receiving the mail and a payment of $125 in exchange of a guaranteed satisfaction of the annual minutes requirements for the business. The letter also cited or quoted actual Tennessee Business code which makes it more real and really convincing.
The Cleveland proprietors who received the mail and the Annual Minutes Form said that it really looked legitimate. Anyone who has a business and has been given such letter wherein business codes are cited along with a letter that pronounces satisfaction guaranteed will really fall prey to the scheme.
But what makes the mail and everything in it suspicious is the fine print of the form. When you take a closer look, the fine print reveals a statement saying that Annual Business Services is not an agency of the government. And that the company does not hold any contract with any government agency to provide or offer the service.
With that statement, it is clear that there is something wrong and questionable about the company. How can a certain company give services and satisfy corporate policies and regulations with the government or state on behalf of a business if they do not have a contract with the state to begin with? Well, the answer is so simple: they cannot and never will.
According to a media report which was released by Sec. Tre Hargett, the Tennessee Secretary of State, Annual Business Services is confirmed to be not affiliated in any way with the Secretary of State’s office and that there is no state law that requires business owners to register with the said company. The media advisory further stated that, by the business codes cited, the annual filing fee is just $20%, not $125 as what the company required.
Further investigation revealed that the Annual Business Services is not accredited or certified by the Better Business Bureau. Also, it has been found out that the BBB has received several customer filed complaints regarding the company’s fraudulence, and all were unanswered. In addition, the Department of Commerce and Insurance Consumer’s Affairs Division in Tennessee already listed the company in its publication on September 8 “Buyers Beware”. This then signifies that the said company has neglected the complaints filed by the government against them.
Business proprietors are now instructed to reject or ignore the mails and letters they receive from Annual Business Services. They are also encouraged that whenever they receive questionable or suspicious letters and other documents, they should verify it first with the Secretary of State office for its authenticity.