NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Secretary of Point out Tre Hargett warned Tennessee organization entrepreneurs Friday of a scam that has lately resurfaced and targeted organizations.
Secretary Hargett claimed in his assertion the way the scam is focusing on corporations is with a misleading mailer from a firm that goes by two names: Tennessee Certification Provider and TN Certification of Existence Submitting Organization.
The bogus mailer titled “2022 Certification of Existence Request,” has been sent to organizations across the state. The mailer insists that all Tennessee corporations are required to pay out a price of either $83 or 175.50 for this third-party corporation to step in and finish the Certification of Existence paperwork on the businesses’ behalf.
Secretary Hargett said the only way an authentic Certificate of Existence can be acquired directly from the Secretary of State’s workplace, by telephone, mail or on line for just $20.
The deceptive mailer also can make it show up that the 2022 Certification of Existence Request is section of the enterprise entity’s registration system: “A Certification of Existence certifies that your Tennessee company is in existence, is approved to transact enterprise in the state and complies with all state prerequisites.”
Secretary Hargett stated in his assertion that the mailer and business are in no way affiliated with or approved by the Secretary of State’s Business.
Companies can obtain a Certificate of Existence in specified situations, these as a bank loan closing or other enterprise transaction even so, they are not essential to do so.
Business homeowners are inspired to phone the Division of Small business and Charitable Businesses by cellular phone at 615-741-2286 or e-mail [email protected] if they acquire a questionable mailer or want to know extra about obtaining a Certification of Existence.