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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – Secretary of State Brian Kemp alerts Georgia businesses to ignore scam mail from a sham entity which calls itself the “Business Compliance Division.” The office has received complaints about the entity, which mails postcards to companies falsely warning the company about a “potential compliance violation.”

“The Business Compliance Division is a bogus company soliciting Georgia businesses to scare people into paying potentially hundreds of dollars in unnecessary fees,” stated Secretary Kemp. “I am advising anyone who receives mail from this company to ignore it.”

The card warns business owners to “call immediately” to “avoid potential fees and penalties.” Once a caller speaks to an alleged company representative, they are scammed into ordering a copy of their business’ Certificate of Existence to ensure they are in compliance. The representative will then request a credit card number and charge the caller upwards of $125 to order the certificate.

Other states have issued similar warnings to businesses about the scam.

“If anyone wants to order a valid Certificate of Existence, it only costs $10 to order it through the Secretary of State’s Corporations Division,” said Kemp. “Do not be fooled into giving your personal credit card information to an unknown, sham entity such as the Business Compliance Division.”

To obtain a legitimate copy of your Certificate of Existence in Georgia, request the form on the eCorp website or call the Corporations Division at (404) 656-2817.

Brian Kemp has been Secretary of State since January 2010. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting secure, accessible, and fair elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities, charities, and professional license holders. For more information about the office, visit, or on Twitter @BrianKempGA


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