Kentucky secretary of state warns against business scam

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’s office has sent out a warning about a fake government citation being sent to Kentucky businesses.

The secretary of state’s office said the scam is a postcard that says it’s a “notice of potential compliance violation” from an entity identified as the “Business Compliance Division.” 

Multiple businesses have reported getting the postcard, which directs them to call a number to avoid potential fees and penalties and bears a symbol with a scale and two hands clasped in a handshake. If the business owner calls the number, he or she is told to pay a $70 application fee for a certificate of existence.

Certificates of existence, which are proof a domestic corporation or domestic limited liability company exists, are actually provided by the secretary of state’s office for $10. They must be requested from the secretary of state’s office online or by mail or fax. 

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