Mail scam targets small businesses

Small businesses should keep an eye out for a deceptive mailer that officials said has been sent to companies across Colorado.

“Corporate Controllers Unit” has sent letters to businesses, offering to process periodic reports with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office on behalf of the companies for $225.

Companies, however, can file those reports for $10.

Mike Batchelor of Redemption Trucking LLC in Grand Junction said he nearly got hooked when he opened the “very official-looking form” that demanded the payment for the report, which it said had to be filed by April 15.

“I was doing some bookwork on my business and thought, ‘I have to pay this right quick,’ ” Batchelor said.

Instead of paying the bill, Batchelor said he checked online and found out that the report is handled by a service he already pays to deal with such matters.

Other businesses should be aware that the letter offers a service that most owners can handle themselves for a nominal fee.

The solicitation letter contains disclaimers stating that “This product or service has not been approved or endorsed by any Government Agency and this offer is not being made by an agency of the Government,” the Secretary of State’s Office said in a statement.

The letters, however, are causing confusion, the agency said.

Anyone with questions about the letters should call the business division of the Secretary of State’s Office at 303-894-2200 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). co.us.


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