GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - A small business scam has surfaced, and if you’re not careful, you could fall victim.
The scam involves legitimate-looking letters sent to businesses stating they’re required to register with the state, or become delinquent.
With a stamp of approval and convincing language, business owners are being warned to be extra cautious.
The letter asks for your name, address and a $225 registration fee.
Tax Manager Pete Bresnahan at Eide Bailly in Grand Junction saw red flags right away.
Bresnahan says, "Yesterday I fielded 3 or 4 calls saying, ‘Hey, I got a stack of envelopes. Is this something I have to pay? Is this a new fee?"
Bresnahan says the actual document is only a postcard.
He says to read your documents thoroughly and if you have any questions, contact your business advisor immediately.
The Secretary of State posted a notice on its website letting people know they are not associated with the fraudulent letter, and want to remind folks they can file with the State directly and in most cases costs only $10.
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