Scam Alert: Fake form targeting small businesses
PADUCAH, Ky. - It's a busy time of year for small businesses, but unfortunately there is a scam circulating hoping to capitalize on anyone who's not paying close attention.
It's an official-looking "2013 Annual Minutes Form" that an agency calling themselves Corporate Records Services is sending out. The form instructs recipients to provide information regarding all shareholders, corporate directors and officers. There is also a $125.00 fee.
Marilyn Templeton received one and just put it in her pile of papers she's organizing for taxes. Luckily when she took a closer look, she noticed a discrepancy; Frankfort was misspelled and read Frankfurt. A quick Internet search and she realized the form was a fake.
"It wouldn't hurt me as much as the thought of allowing somebody to scam me," she said.
Lorn Honey received the letter, too. He thought the form looked similar to one he fills out once a year, but he never remembered paying more than $100. He called Kentucky's Secretary of State's office and was told to throw away the false form.