Provided by: Jennifer Kirschenbaum, Esq.
February 24, 2011
I was contacted by a listserv member this week inquiring as to whether he had taken appropriate steps with his PC with regards to corporate records, as he had received a document in the mail asking him to send his corporate records in for review. The form received looked official, asked for official information, specified a $120 fee was required and only at the bottom of the form did it say in small letters that the form was "voluntary and elective". In fact, the form was sent by a corporation not associated with any government agency, but a company in the business of ripping off entity owners by conning them into paying money for "compliance" under the guise as an official requirement. Now this document was brought to my attention because the individual wanted to confirm his entity was in compliance before mailing his check and records. I was not surprised that the receipt of this form illicited this response because the form LOOKS OFFICIAL. Even upon preliminary review, if you aren't looking for the disclaimer, anyone could easily mistake the document.
So, beware of such scams and feel free to send any questionable documents in for review BEFORE you send anything out - money or records!
For additional information on this topic, contact Jennifer Kirschenbaum at (516)-747-6700 ext. 302 or at Jennifer@Kirschenbaumesq.com.
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