VA Certificate Service

Jill – Jul 25, 2020

Victim Location 22304

Type of a scam Government Agency Imposter

This imposter poses as a legitimate Virginia government agency. Its address is in Richmond, the capital of Virginia, to make it appear legitimate, but the address goes to a UPS Store mailbox, not an actual office. It was sent by mail after I created a business entity.

The scammer makes it appear that the new business owner has a limited time to respond with a check or money order in order to obtain a Virginia certificate of good standing. This is false. This is not required by the state. If it is desired, it costs only $6 and is obtained through the State Corporation Commission.

The imposters demand $67.25. They cover themselves by size 6 font in the center of the document: "This is not a government agency". Whether they coordinate with the State and forward the certificate or not, they are charging $61.25 more than necessary and are preying on new business owners. They need to be SHUT DOWN.

No email or website was provided on the fake form.

Brenda – Mar 01, 2020

Victim Location 23221

Type of a scam Phishing

A predatory enterprise that preys on small businesses registered in Virginia. Mails out an official-looking document that urges small business owners to send them a check in order to receive a certificate of good standing. Exploits the fact that new business owners might not know that they don’t need the services of questionable intermediaries like this one to receive a certificate of good standing if they need one.

In addition to being a scam, they operate an illegal business because their company is not registered with the State Corporation Commission. No online presence. Someone should report them to the state.

Summer – Feb 21, 2020

Victim Location 23322

Type of a scam Fake Invoice/Supplier Bill

This company request money from small business individuals. Complete scam.

Please stop them from doing this to others.

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