The U.S. Postal Inspection Service has received a permanent injunction against a company that has been scamming businesses in Pennsylvania.
Ron Ruman, press secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of State, said the injunction will allow the post office to intercept and seize any mailings sent by a company calling itself Pennsylvania Corporate Compliance.
Beginning in March, a company identified as Pennsylvania Corporate Compliance began sending official-looking notices to businesses, claiming bogus filings were required by the state, and offering to handle these filings for a $125 fee.
According to Ruman, his office began receiving calls this spring from attorneys representing businesses that received these letters that were concerned about their legitimacy. He said the letters warned the businesses that if they failed to fill out the alleged forms, they would end up on the state's "bad standing" list.
"The fact is there is no such filing and there is no Pennsylvania bad standing list," Ruman said.
The matter was referred to the Postal Inspection Service because it enforces such matters.
Ruman said that his office is not aware of any specific company that may have sent money as a result of the letters, but he's sure there are victims.
"If you're a busy small-business person, you might think 'this is the last thing I need,' and it's an amount someone might pay," Ruman said.
He also noted that many businesses today are more focused on email scams and that a physical letter may be a scam that would be easier to dupe a business.
The injunction should prevent any further letters from going out, he said. He urged businesses to keep an eye out for any similar mailings.
Anyone who may have received such a letter or has questions, can call the Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations at 717-787-1057, or email the bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org.