HARTFORD - The State of Connecticutâ€™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.
â€śBusinesses registered with the state of Connecticut are onlyÂ required by law to fileÂ Annual Reports with our office,â€ť Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, Connecticutâ€™s chief business registrar, said. â€śThere is no legal requirement for any business to file the form they received from Workplace Compliance Services, or to pay the inflated fee indicated.â€ť
The scam references a Connecticut state law and it directs the businesses that receives it to make the checks payable to â€śWorkplace Compliance Services, 1022 Boulevard #248, West Hartford, CT 06119.â€ť
â€śThis scam targets small businesses and, unfortunately, resurfaces every few years in an attempt to cheat hardworking business owners,â€ť former Attorney General George Jepsen said. â€śScams like this one try to appear legitimate, but business owners shouldnâ€™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.â€ť
These state offices urge members of the business community who receive this mailing called â€ś2019 - Annual Report Instruction Formâ€ť to file a complaint with the office of the attorney general by completing the complaint form atÂ Â or by emailingÂ Â 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 .
â€śWe are ready and eager to help any Connecticut business owner,â€ť Merrill said.
Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or .