Don’t be a victim, watch out for a misleading “Notice of Potential Compliance Violation” from the “Business Compliance Division,” says Prince Law Offices, P.C. attorney Jeffrey A. Franklin.
The mailing appears to be an official government document, but it is not.
Several businesses have reported receiving the postcard, which directs the recipient to call 1-855-530-2615 to avoid potential fees and penalties. The card bears a symbol with a scale and two hands shaking.
The address of the Business Compliance Division on a recent postcard states its address as 3915 Union Deposit Rd #921, Harrisburg, PA 17109. This is the address of a store with private mail boxes. Reports of similar letters and cards from other states have also been reported.
When the business owner calls the number, he is told to pay a one-time fee of $70 to apply for a Certificate of Good Standing or something similar.
Businesses should exercise caution before providing information or payment to Business Compliance Division, or any other entity that makes misleading claims or requests.
A certificate of existence/good standing/subsistence is proof that a domestic corporation or domestic limited liability company is in existence. A good standing certificate is available to anyone for ordering through the state. In Pennsylvania, it is called a subsistence certificate and is available online for $40 from https://www.corporations.pa.gov/Search/CorpSearch.
If you have questions about business documents, contact attorney Jeffrey A. Franklin at Prince Law Offices, P.C. or your state’s corporation bureau or attorney general.