Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

January 30, 2013

State warns businesses of possible scam


Submitted

CROSSVILLE — Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s office has received inquiries about an official-looking notice from Corporate Records Service. It appears that these notices began arriving in mailboxes around Jan. 22, 2013. Corporate Records Service is not registered, affiliated, or associated with the Tennessee Secretary of State.

The mailer is causing confusion for Tennessee corporations due to its appearance as an official document. Tennessee corporations are required to file annual reports with the Tennessee Secretary of State. Most corporations have also recently received annual report notices from the Secretary of State.

Corporate Records Services is requesting a $125 fee. The standard fee to file a corporation annual report in Tennessee is only $20.

“We can confirm that Corporate Records Service is not a business entity on file with our office,” Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “I strongly advise corporations to exercise caution before providing their private and confidential information or credit card information to this or any company that is representing itself in this manner.”