Secretary of Condition Tre Hargett is warning Tennessee business house owners about a fraud that has not too long ago resurfaced targeting firms with a misleading mailer from a corporation that goes by two names – Tennessee Certification Services and TN Certification of Existence Submitting Corporation.
“Our Division of Enterprise and Charitable Companies and I individually have listened to of various complaints from business enterprise proprietors throughout Tennessee about these misleading mailers,” claimed Secretary Hargett. “We have found scams like this before, with similar deceptive language that implies that firms should have a Certificate of Existence to entire its development or to absolutely operate in the point out. This is not the situation.
‘Unfortunately, firms who get a Certificate of Existence as a result of these scammers could be paying an exorbitant amount for some thing that is absolutely unnecessary or would only price $20 by our workplace.”
The deceptive mailer titled “2022 Certificate of Existence Request” has been sent to enterprises throughout the point out, purporting that all Tennessee organizations are essential to pay a payment of both $83 or $175.50 for this 3rd-party enterprise to stage in and complete the Certificate of Existence paperwork on businesses’ behalf nevertheless, a Certificate of Existence can be obtained instantly from the Secretary of State’s place of work for just $20, both by telephone, mail or on the web at tnbear.tn.gov/Ecommerce/CertOfExistenceInstr.aspx.
The mailer would make it show up that the 2022 Certificate of Existence Ask for is part of the enterprise entity’s registration process: “A Certificate of Existence certifies that your Tennessee enterprise is in existence, is licensed to transact enterprise in the state and complies with all state necessities.”
The mailer and business are not affiliated with or approved by the Secretary of State’s Office environment in any way.
Organizations might wish to acquire a Certificate of Existence in specified instances, this sort of as a bank loan closing or other organization transaction even so, they are not required to do so as a subject of system during the business enterprise development procedure.
Secretary Hargett is encouraging enterprise proprietors to simply call the Division of Organization and Charitable Corporations by mobile phone at 615-741-2286 or electronic mail [email protected] if they get a questionable mailer or want to know a lot more about getting a Certificate of Existence.