State business owners targeted by scam

Published on Monday, 14 January 2019 20:42
Written by Karla Santos


HARTFORD - The State of Connecticut’s office of the attorney general is investigating a scam mail that is being sent to businesses charging more than required to file an annual report.

The secretary of the state and the attorney general have released a statement warning Connecticut businesses about the scam, which charges $110, but the regular fee from the secretary of the state to file the annual report is only $20.

“Businesses registered with the state of Connecticut are only required by law to file Annual Reports with our office,” Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, Connecticut’s chief business registrar, said. “There is no legal requirement for any business to file the form they received from Workplace Compliance Services, or to pay the inflated fee indicated.”

The scam references a Connecticut state law and it directs the businesses that receives it to make the checks payable to “Workplace Compliance Services, 1022 Boulevard #248, West Hartford, CT 06119.”

“This scam targets small businesses and, unfortunately, resurfaces every few years in an attempt to cheat hardworking business owners,” former Attorney General George Jepsen said. “Scams like this one try to appear legitimate, but business owners shouldn’t fall for it. Tell your employees to be on the lookout, and whenever in doubt about a suspicious mailing, call the secretary of (the) state or my office to verify legitimacy before sending any payment.”

These state offices urge members of the business community who receive this mailing called “2019 - Annual Report Instruction Form” to file a complaint with the office of the attorney general by completing the complaint form at  or by emailing  and to include a copy of the document they receive to assist in the investigation.

If businesses are unsure about the legitimacy of a business filing notice, they can contact the office of the state secretary at 860-509-6003 or email .

“We are ready and eager to help any Connecticut business owner,” Merrill said.

Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or .

Posted in New Britain Herald, Business, General News, State on Monday, 14 January 2019 20:42. Updated: Monday, 14 January 2019 20:44.