Scam: Compliance Annual Minutes Board

I got a very official looking letter from the “Compliance Annual Minutes Board” telling me I had to pay $150 to comply with blah blah blah for my small business. I’m about to leave on a trip, I’m trying to quickly get things done and I was about to pay the $150 but I thought I’d check with Wayne first and he said to make sure it was coming from (and going to the CA FTB) and I couldn’t find that anywhere. Hmm. A quick Google search got me quickly to all of these people.

Lots of people have paid. It’s a scam.

It’s a jungle out there.

Digg this article to help spread the word even more to save us all some money. Thanks.

April 2009 update thanks to Bob Gates

A while back Bradley Charbonneau related his experience receiving one of these “corporate compliance” or “corporate governance” solicitations. They are BOGUS!! Corporations generally have great latitude in requirements for minutes, annual meetings, etc. Wayne Cameron, Dan Wheeler or I can explain in further detail and advise you.

The only recent EXCEPTION is the Statement of Information required by the California Secretary of State. This is a simple statement but MUST be filed by the deadline since recently the penalties have been greatly increased by the Gubernator as a revenue raising measure (like parking fines!!).

Best, Bob

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238 Responses to Scam: Compliance Annual Minutes Board

  1. Dana April 17, 2007 at 8:53 am #

    I received the same letter. Because it seems so fishy, I decided to do some research… I am so grateful for posts like this! Thank you!

  2. dan July 2, 2007 at 2:47 pm #

    i got fucked it looked official it said this is not afilliated with government but it said i had to do it i made a copy but it still fucked me fuk them i am hunting them down through my bank and will find out soon who and what they r. it was cashed at bank of america on n california st in california. those bastards will pay me back i am pissed and i dont like getting fucked……….. hahahahahaahahaha
    just want u all to know that this is a bunch of crap belive u will be screwed .

  3. HB October 12, 2007 at 3:47 pm #

    I think there is a copy cat version out there (Annual minutes Compliance Board), but the fee is only $95.00. I smelled caca right away having filed tax forms for 30 years. However, I can see how this scam could take in some people.

  4. James October 24, 2007 at 5:41 pm #

    Yeah, mine came in the mail today. I guess they must have gotten in trouble, now in tiny letters at the bottom they quote “U.S.C. 39 & 3001 (d) This is A Solicitation For The Order Of Service. And Not A Bill, Invoice or Statement Due. No Obligation To Make Any Payments; Unless You Accept This Offer.”

    All this after quoting other California Corporations Code sections in several other places. First tipoff is that the Corporation Number they printed is not my actual Calif. Corp. number, then again, I don’t know too many business owners who actually know what theirs is…

  5. Olivia October 26, 2007 at 2:01 pm #

    I received one too and mine also applies like James’s statement. I knew there was something wierd I have never heard or remember having to pay a annual minutes complaince fee….so that;s why I decided to check thank goodness for websites and especially for the internet because alot of people would be totally screwed!!!!!!

  6. Marci November 3, 2007 at 7:56 pm #

    Thanks alot everyone fo posting youv’e all saved me time and money. I hate how these wanna be’s try to scam people. It’s hard enough trying to be a small business owner without people like this.

    thank for helping me find the truth

  7. Rachel November 4, 2007 at 4:10 pm #

    I got the same letter. It looked official to me and I had no doubt, but I need to google it first not becuase it seems fish but I had to know what president, CEO, and directors are. My husband just started this business and he hasn’t hired anyone. Thank god I have internet access at home. Thank you all .. you guys saved me $150 or more~

  8. A&E Development November 5, 2007 at 6:33 pm #

    I got the same scam and it looks so official. The state should close these guys down.

  9. Ken November 6, 2007 at 3:23 pm #

    I got one today and I went online find you guys, thank god. WHY the government is not close them down. I would like spend 60 cents return the letter with “FUCK YOU”

  10. Nate December 7, 2007 at 1:03 pm #

    It’s BS and even spending the cost of postage to respond is more than they deserve. I think I can contribute most by just spreading the word to others to be on the watch for this scam

  11. Cat December 10, 2007 at 12:43 pm #

    Damn these people! Thank you for posting this so I could confirm this scam.
    Someone should have a website of scams listed for us all to refer to. I would but I am computer challenged. Does this site exist already?

    Also, has anyone ever got a scam bill from Boom Global Media Inc? They tried to get us earlier this year and they are back at it!

  12. Ty December 18, 2007 at 4:05 pm #

    I just got the same letter in the mail. They do a great job of making it look like an official document. These co**suckers should go straight to hell.

    Please warn all your friends with businesses.

  13. Mario December 27, 2007 at 3:37 pm #

    I just recieved the same letter today and wrote in large bright letters Scam take me off your list. Tell everyone you know that has a corporation to beware.

  14. Dk January 7, 2008 at 1:44 pm #

    Got Same letter today…Will not pay…Thank you…

  15. Jimmy January 11, 2008 at 2:31 pm #

    wow…thank you guys. I just got one today too.

  16. apple January 25, 2008 at 10:45 pm #

    shit those fucking people! what a idiot! I paid $150 to those idiot! anyway wish them luck! they will not last because god will take care of them and they belong to hell.

  17. ELISA January 29, 2008 at 12:14 pm #

    just got one today and first thing i did was research it sure i enough i thought it was bullshit just like it is thanks thats going in the trash

  18. Brenda February 4, 2008 at 11:49 am #

    Hi, can anyone tell me if we need to actually file annual minutes for the State of CA? I can’t work this out… and if I need to file these can someone give me the link to the paperwork? Thanks!

  19. Thomas February 7, 2008 at 10:06 pm #

    Why haven’t these bastards been sued?

  20. Christine February 13, 2008 at 3:04 pm #

    I just received an invoice from Boom Global Media today for a bi-annual listing/hosting fee renewal $297.83. MAJOR SCAM artists. More people need to know that they are BOGUS.

  21. STB February 14, 2008 at 12:38 pm #

    We just received the “Annual Minutes Disc. Statement” today—-$95.00… I couldn’t remember this fee so I looked online for some kind of info and found this page.
    Thank you SO MUCH. Can’t these people be put away!!!???

  22. Kim February 14, 2008 at 1:05 pm #

    We received our “Annual Minutes Compliance Board” invoice today for $95.00 too!!!

    Is there anyone out there that can stop them???

    Thank you so much for this posting!

  23. HOME International February 15, 2008 at 9:56 am #

    We received “annual Minutes Compliance Board” invoice today for $95.- and almost to send the check and the document.
    They look like government official letter. I think there should be some punishment or some legal process. We spend our precious time and energy. Most of our staffs were so confused that we had staffs’ meeting to decide it. Three staffs lost their time more than one hour. Moreover, psychological impact on the staff. She was almost panic whether she had to send it or not. Who should compensate them?

  24. Kelly February 19, 2008 at 12:44 pm #

    My message is to Christine from February 13th, 2008. We also have received an invoice from Boom Global Media – how did you know that they are a scam?

  25. Steph February 20, 2008 at 8:08 am #

    I recieved a Comp. Annual Minutes Board letter for 150.00 address Temecula Ca, I looked and found it was a scam just prior to finding this site. There is a ph number on the form 1-866-390-1176. Give them hell, I’m going to today.

  26. Han February 23, 2008 at 12:52 pm #

    I just received my letter too. Luckly I knew a little about corporate compliance and this came to me as a surprise. But I thought maybe it’s some new laws I might not be aware of. So I google the form to see if it’s something that would link to Secretary of State. Instead I found these messages. THANK YOU!!! These people are making a lot of money for no apparent purpose. OMG!!!

  27. Christina February 26, 2008 at 11:09 am #

    Hi Everyone,

    I received the same letter in the mail as all of you. “Compliance Annual Minutes Board” pay $150.00. I am a VP of Finance for a small start-up. I have held off with paying this amount b/c with my past experience working as a Tax Consultant for fortune 500 Companies, this didn’t seem right. I have called and made a complaint to Small Business Liaison (916) 845-4669 in Sacramento. If you are getting scam mail that looks real, call them to confirm and report this problem. The state will go after these people.

    The internet is a great place to call out scammers. But remember most fees that you will receive will be from the state you do business in and the Federal Government. There are exceptions but most of the times you will know those since you have signed up for it. Such as being incorporated- you have to pay an annual fee to the state you are incorporated in.

    If you are unsure of anything don’t pay it. Call the state right away and ask; most of the time they know or will tell you what department to contact for more information. Just so everyone knows. The law is that you must keep minutes if you are a register corporation; however you never have to pay to keep them. You are just required to hand your annual meeting records over to the state if sequestered by the state.

    I wish everyone the best and stay quick on your feet. Small businesses are easy targets for scammers.

  28. Brenda February 26, 2008 at 7:30 pm #

    I just received (for the second time) a letter from “Annual Minutes Compliance Board” letter demanding payment of $95. I’m filing a complaint with the Public Inquiry Unit of the Attorney General’s office. You can print the form and mail it in with a copy of the letter attached, or you can fill in the complaint form and submit it on-line. Here’s the link: http://ag.ca.gov/contact/complaint_form.php?cmplt=CL

    • Renee November 8, 2011 at 7:32 am #

      THANK YOU FOR INCLUDING THE LINK TO FILE A COMPLAINT: HERES MY COMPLAINT LETTER. :

      Our church was newly incorporated these scammers sent very official letter saying we must files our minutes and all officers on our corp. board for a fee of $129. I ALMOST fell for it!

      I suggest the state of ca FTB include warnings to all new corporations that they are the only ones who we will be paying any such fees to and actually list some names. This is unacceptable! I’m certain they will never be caught because they change names so easily and just get a hotel suite for a week or so, but PLEASE, PLEASE, at the least…include a warning from the state of CA TO EVERY NEW CORPORATION TO BE AWARE OF SCAMMERS. That won’t cost much for the state to do, please.

      Get online and read all the people, rule followers and good people who want to be in compliance….read how many are burned everyday by these scammers.

      My husband left the paper on our kitchen table for me to send off payment this morning….we really dont have the money, so I was really looking to see if I could pay it later or somehow make payments but it is due Nov 11th….then I read the Bold print (so they know the rules, this is true, and are compliant with their rules of scamming), that stated “This service has not been approved or endorsed by any govt agencies.” lol However; before and after this quote they write “CALIFORNIA B & B CODE 17533.6 AND U. S. C. 39 & 3001 (d) ….

      They are good………..really good……looks so official. PLEASE PROTECT LAW ABIDING TAX PAYERS FROM THESE PREDATERS!!! at the lease, give us a heads up to look for them.

      Thank you!

      (Vice President of a brand new Corporation, A church…. These people have no soul! )

  29. Margie February 27, 2008 at 4:57 pm #

    Got my letter today as well. Thanks, Brenda, for the tip. I, too, will submit this. It’s a good thing we’re all saavy and check this out but how many people don’t. Given that these postings started last April of 2007 and I just received mine in February 2008, you can bet they’re making enough money to keep sending them out. Mine wanted $95 so I guess they have a variety of amounts.

  30. Sonia Molina February 29, 2008 at 8:31 am #

    Compliance Annual Minutes Board Directors & Shareholders…Do I really have to pay this $150.00? I decided to do some checking and I believe it is a scam also. I need help! I am not going to send this until I hear from you. Actually, I am not going to send it PERIOD! Please give me some insight. Thanks.

  31. Sonia Molina March 1, 2008 at 2:58 pm #

    I DID NOT PAY THIS. I DID SOME MORE BACKGROUND CHECKING AND DECIDED NOT TO SEND IT. I SPOKE TO MY COROPORATE LAWYER AND HE SAID IT WAS A GOOD THING I DIDN’T SEND IT. I HOPE MORE PEOPLE CHECK BEFORE THEY SEND THEIR $.

  32. Not Fooled March 4, 2008 at 1:18 pm #

    Mine showed up as a “Bi-Annual Service Online, Business to business Guide, Web:http://www.boomglobalmedia.com Listing includes Hosting Fee Invoice for $297.83.

  33. Concerned Citizen March 6, 2008 at 12:20 pm #

    Please forward complaints about this organization to:

    U.S. Postal Inspection Service
    CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS SERVICE CENTER
    ATTN: MAIL FRAUD
    222 S. RIVERSIDE PLAZA STE 1250
    CHICAGO IL 60606-6100

  34. Glenn Jackson March 14, 2008 at 9:06 am #

    I got the notice. Try to locate a phone number of the company and found none. Then decided to try Google and you all confirmed it is a BIG SCAM. Thenks for posting all of your email, it help me save $150.

  35. Steve April 1, 2008 at 8:22 pm #

    Just got 2 identical letters from Annual Minutes Compliance Board with a Los Angeles address asking for $125. It’s crap, as are the other dozen or so I’ve received in the last 3 years….

  36. Steve April 1, 2008 at 8:27 pm #

    In todays mail I got 2 identical letters from Annual Minutes Compliance Board asking for $125, and one from Corporate Business Bureau asking for $150, all with a Los Angeles address. It’s April 1st, so that says it all. This is crap, as are the other dozen or so I’ve received in the last 3 years….

  37. Grand Deputy April 8, 2008 at 1:27 pm #

    I’m a newly elected president of my fraternal order, and we just received a request to pay the $95 also. Because I’m new, and sceptical, I’m checking the internet for info. Thanks everyone. We’ll save the money this year!

  38. JAMIE April 9, 2008 at 2:33 pm #

    I work at a law firm that is listed as the agent for process service for several corporations, therefore, I receive several of these letters at our office every few months. It also seemed fishy to me, because the return addresses constantly changed from one POBOX to another and I notice slight variations of the company name from one month to the next. I attempted to contact the company and actually got ahold of a person who literally refused give me his name or an actual street address for the company’s main offices. He told me that I was “getting too personal”? That was enough for me to believe that this was not a legitimate company; your site confirmed it. Thank you.

  39. Jenn April 14, 2008 at 8:36 pm #

    Thank you very much for the postings!!! I was just about to complete and send in $150 because the letter stated the due date was $150. The address I got was EMC #84181 PO Box 515381, Los Angeles, CA 90051-6681 and it looks like PO Box 515381 is a remote PO box address issued by earth class mail. The only disclaimer I saw was “State Corporate Compliance has not affiliation with the Office of the California Secretary of State”. They even included a blue pamphlet on “USPS Identity Theft Protection Tips” but cheap ink was used which made it smear over the rest of the docs. Truly thankful for your post.

  40. Janette April 15, 2008 at 2:22 pm #

    Bastards! how can they get away with this. It enrages me!

  41. Grey April 17, 2008 at 5:24 am #

    Just received a notice from Bradstreet International Inc./boomglobalmedia.com requestiong $297.83 for “Bi-Annual Listing Fees.” The letter states that they’ve taken over my account from “Wallstreet B2B” and there are no cancellations after 30 Days. I have no business with this company nor did I ever have any business or agreement with a “Wallstreet B2B.”

    I called to tell them to take me off their list as I have no business with them. Someone named, “Sophie” (with a heavy Latin or Philipino accent) responded by saying, “So you want to cancel?”

    I said, “No, I’ve never had any business with you.”

    She then hung up on me.

    Seems extremely fishy and I’m 99% sure this is another scam. Tried to do some research on them to see if others had any experience with them and was lead to this site. (Ive also had the Minutes Compliance Scam sent to me too).

    Does anyone have any information on this Boom Media company or where I can forward my concerns and/or report them?

  42. Grey April 17, 2008 at 5:26 am #

    With regard to the Bradstreet International/ Boomglobalmedia.com thing… I should also say… as I mentioned, it says, “no cancellations after 30 days and the invoce is dated 3/13/08 with a “fax sheet” dated 3/10/08 and of course the postmark on the envelope says 4/10/08.

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    Bradley Charbonneau April 18, 2008 at 9:45 am #

    Ah yes, it must be April. I received my annual request for $150 for a service that is unnecessary and probably just plain fraud. If I actually sent the $150, would they actually do something?

    I was talking about this topic with someone and they said it wasn’t necessarily a “scam,” but that they were offering a service that you could do yourself, they were just offering to do it for you for a fee. But I don’t think that’s the case. I think they’re tricking you into sending money to them for something that, yes, you could do yourself, but that they won’t actually even do for you. So you’re not paying for a service, you’re paying for nothing. That sounds quite a bit like a scam or fraud to me.

  44. SW April 21, 2008 at 12:54 pm #

    Just got off the phone with “Sofie” for the third time. Got another fax after telling them we are not paying for something I have never heard of or agreed to pay (my name was even spelled incorrectly). This latest fax said only call us if you are willing to pay and that they were about to sell our contract to collections.

    I said “for the last time, you better show me something I signed, or I am going to let our legal department handle your faxes.” She then said that all her files are boxed up in another location, she then laughed and hung up.

    Sad thing is, there are a lot of people sending Boom Global Media checks or credit card numbers for $297.83

  45. Grey April 21, 2008 at 1:09 pm #

    With regard to Boom Media, let them send it to collections. Collections would then in turn have to prove that you had an agreement with “Boom Media,” and that’s obviously not going to happen.

    Isn’t there anyone that this can be reported to? In a way, this is worse than the compliance notices because, while the compliance notices tries to trick you into thinking you HAVE to pay them, it does basically say (in small print and unclear words) that they are a service you can purchase. This Boom Media thing is telling people there already is an agreement in place.

  46. Peggy April 22, 2008 at 11:29 am #

    I received an invoice from Boom Global yesterday. I called them to today and notified them that the invoice is in dispute until they can provide a copy of the signed contract. Miss Sophie promptly told me that she will have to pull the file. I informed her that this invoice will not be paid, unless they can prove we signed a contract for this so-called “Bi-Annual Service Online w/ inludes hosting fee for the $297.83. I intend to turn them in for mail fraud as well as to the better business bureau.

  47. SW April 23, 2008 at 10:28 am #

    That was exactly how it started with me.

  48. Mark Thomas April 24, 2008 at 11:17 am #

    This is from Boom Global Media.

    Like many companies these days, we outsource certain business functions, including sales and marketing in our case. Because of this, errors sometimes occur in billing in a handful of cases (see above.)

    Boom Global Media runs a reputable business in the Internet Marketing Field, and continually strives to improve that business.

    In the few cases where disputes have arisen, complaints have been successfully resolved to the satisfaction of all parties involved.

    If you have any questions about about Boom Global Media, please refer them to Boom Global Media.

    Thank you,

    Mark Thomas
    COO & Human Resources Manager
    Boom Global Media Inc.

  49. LN April 24, 2008 at 11:21 am #

    I have just received a “Third and Final Reminder” by fax from BoomGlobalMedia (Martha in A/R sent it). This is the first contact we’ve had from them, and an obvious bully tactic with the threat of collections.

    Its the same invoice many of you have mentioned, 297.83 (+GST) for Bi-Annual Service.

    Thanks for the Info!

  50. IF April 24, 2008 at 12:05 pm #

    Would Mark Thomas leave his phone number….that would be the professional thing to do in customer care……..

  51. William April 26, 2008 at 12:53 pm #

    Thanks for posting. I got scamed for past 3 years. It looks so official. Thoes guys should go to hell. I’m going to report to BBB. Dont’ sent money to Corporate Records Compliance Office 125 Wolf Rd. Ste #306 Albany, NY 12205 Tel (866) 506-0145

  52. William April 28, 2008 at 7:35 pm #

    I received 2nd scam letter today. Annual Minutes Disclosre Statemetn. Annual Fee $125. to different address. New York Corporate Compliance Business Division , 1843 Central Ave #168 Albany, NY 12205-4735. Tel (866)468-6619. I will file with U.S. postal office Fault report.

  53. Peggy April 29, 2008 at 12:29 pm #

    This is for Mark Thomas

    Maybe if your company would provide the documentation that is requested, your company would not be put in this light. Sarbanes Oxley requires companies to have documentation, and you apparently are not Sarbanes Compliant.

  54. Sheila May 29, 2008 at 11:10 am #

    Our company has also been getting faxes from Bradstreet International / BoomGlobalMedia for a past due invoice for on-line listing/hosting ($297.83 – I love that amount).

    Note that the address for Bradstreet International (295 Greenwich Street, #296) very likely is directed to the Mailboxes Etc. that is located on the ground floor of that building.

  55. Chris June 9, 2008 at 8:15 pm #

    Quick note. I didn’t read all of these, but I got one today in Texas from State Corporate Compliance for the Annual Minutes. You can get really nailed here in Texas. The fee, if paid on time, is $325! If after June 30, 2008, the fee is $375!!!! Thought it looked official, but I knew I filed all of my required documents as I used a trusted attorney due of the special structure of my LLC. Was going to ask him before I paid, but found these posts. Look out everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!

  56. FP June 10, 2008 at 9:44 am #

    Thanks for the post. Unfortunately, they will probably get away with it since this doesn’t hurt a “general consumer”.

  57. S.M. June 10, 2008 at 1:20 pm #

    I will mirror the above complaints. They have an “invoice” they’ve been trying to get us to pay for $297.83, said they purchased Wall Street B2B and got all their old records and found all the old records that hadn’t been paid, yadda, yadda. Gave an excuse as to why they couldn’t produce an invoice that my CFO had signed.

    If they did turn over to collections, they’d be roasted alive – they couldn’t stand a chance without signed documents. BBB has 14 complaints in last 12 – 36 months.

    Last thing “Martha” said on the phone to me was that “from what you’re saying there’s obviously nothing more she can do, we can pay by Friday or she will turn over to collections. Then she just said bye and hung up… seriously??

    Scam, scam, scam. SCAM.

    Mark Thomas’ little letter up there is so phony!! “In the few cases where disputes have arisen, complaints have been successfully resolved to the satisfaction of all parties involved.” Really?? Is this accomplished by hanging up on a so-called “client”??

    This one amazes me even more: “If you have any questions about about Boom Global Media, please refer them to Boom Global Media.” What exactly does that mean??

    Incredible. I’ll wait for my collections letter and phone call!!! LOL!

  58. SHH June 11, 2008 at 5:44 pm #

    Thank you for posting this! I just got the letter today as well, and freaked! Then I remembered, minutes is an internal corporate document. The fee was $150 and the address was in Hemet, CA. I called the number provided on the letter and once I heard the answering machine — I knew it was a scam. I wonder how many people pay this. Will file a complaint with the BBB. a

  59. 3S June 15, 2008 at 10:21 pm #

    I got the same letter today. Thanks a lot for all who has posted messages regarding this scam. Saved me money and time.Govt should do something in concern with such scams.

  60. Chandra June 18, 2008 at 8:17 pm #

    I am glad I googled and found all these postings.

    I was irritated also since there is so much to do in a small business and now this letter.

    I almost paid!! Wrote the check and then did research and then distroyed the check….

    Since there are so many people who might have already paid, someone got away with a lot of money!

  61. Nicole June 20, 2008 at 9:23 am #

    SCAM.

  62. Suzanne June 23, 2008 at 2:38 pm #

    I got one in the mail today, looked quite official. After seeing the $150.00 annual fee, decided to Google them. The creeps!
    I enjoyed reading all your responses.

  63. Sal June 23, 2008 at 5:06 pm #

    Yep – just as a suspected – a scam – what a good seal on the letter makes it look like you better pay, or else. Do not send money!

  64. Eric June 25, 2008 at 12:43 pm #

    BOOM GLOBAL MEDIA – BUSTED BY THE FEDS!!!!!

    June 19, 2008

    Federal authorities arrested a man accused of mailing fake invoices to 25,000 business throughout the U.S., raking in an alleged $7 million as result.

    The U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia for the Southern District of New York said Emanuel Medeiros, who often operated under the name “Joseph Garcia,” used two phony businesses to bill the companies for Internet advertising they hadn’t done.

    One of his shell companies, Boom Global Media Inc., would send out thousands of “renewal” bills for its services, asking for $297.83, and threatening to charge its victims a penalty of 2% a month on their nonexistent overdue accounts. Boom Global would even threaten to report companies to credit agencies if they didn’t pay up.

    Medeiros, a Toronto resident, used a Manhattan commercial mail receiving agency to, mailing approximately 200 to 400 letters every two weeks for four years. If convicted for mail fraud, he faces up to 20 years in prison.

    PDF of the indictment here: http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/nys/pressreleases/June08/medeirosarrestpr.pdf

  65. Psychic Advice July 13, 2008 at 11:58 pm #

    Thanks for the great info. I hope you’ll follow this with some more great content.

  66. Chunlei July 18, 2008 at 9:46 am #

    I got this fishy mail too today asking for $150 filing fees. Thank you guys for posting this here. The mailing address is listed as below:

    Compliance Annual Minutes Board
    Business Processing Division
    P.O. Box 12012
    Hemet, CA 9256

    I was about to call my attorney to confirm if I need to pay. Now no need to do that. It’s a fraud. Thank you all!!!

  67. Cindy July 20, 2008 at 6:52 pm #

    Thanks to post this info. It save a lot of people. I am almost get into it.

  68. Kathy July 31, 2008 at 10:19 am #

    Our company received two notices today. They were labeled Disclosure Statement – Board of Business Compliance – Annual Minutes Division – Shareholders and Directors)

    The form states that the annual fee due is $125. Even though the form ‘looks’ legitimate, if one reviews the form, there is NO telephone number and NO website address listed on the form.

    There must be some way to find out who is responsible for this scam and bring them to justice!!

  69. Joy August 4, 2008 at 12:07 pm #

    The compliance annual minutes board fee of $150.00 is a scam. Thank you for the information.

  70. Lina August 6, 2008 at 3:24 pm #

    I received similar papers. Mine is California Corporate Services – Annual Minutes Disclosure Statement, required me to fill out director/shareholder/address/phone number, etc and pay $150 to order the so-called corporate minutes, addressed to California Corporate Services, Business Division, 3308 El Camino Ave, #300-609, Sacramento, CA 95821 (I searched this address in google, and think the scam steal the address from the located business). The scam paper is not printed on letterhead, nor has any phone number or web address. It looks official and similar to the format of Statement of Information from California Secretary of State. Thank you for posting comments/articles about this scam, so that we can find out the truth and protect ourself and business. A way to retaliate the scam? I send them a “check” to let them know that I know it is a scam. No money for them! Don’t be fooled.

  71. CAS August 7, 2008 at 12:48 pm #

    I received this official notice today, 8/7/08 and thought – what is going on. I called information nothing; I called their ‘866’ number it was full so I decided to ‘google’. Thanks for your responds on this website. What a scam!

  72. Peggy August 12, 2008 at 1:34 pm #

    Feds: Canadian Engaged In Fake Invoice Scam — and the website is still active. Why hasn’t their website been taken down yet. And Mr Mark Thomas either ignored all signs or just didn’t open his eyes to what this guy was doing.

    Feds: Canadian Engaged In Fake Invoice Scam
    Posted on Friday, 20 of June , 2008 at 6:28 pm
    NEW YORK—A Canadian is accused of perpetrating a mass-mail, fake invoice scam that targeted approximately 25,000 businesses throughout the United States and abroad, and yielded an estimated $7 million in proceeds.

    Emanuel Medeiros, 47, of Toronto, is charged with one count of mail fraud. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment.

    Prosecutors said Medeiros’ scheme involved mailing to thousands of companies throughout the world phony bills for bogus services that the Victim Companies had not agreed to purchase. Medeiros, who sometimes used the name “Joseph Garcia,” conducted business as Boom Global Media Inc., or another company, Bradstreet International. These companies held themselves out as internet-based business listing services, purporting to offer a “business to business guide,” which could provide “cost-effective Internet Advertising” enabling customers to “showcase [their] goods and/or services” and “recruit talented and qualified people for [their]organization.”

    In fact, however, prosecutors say Boom Global did not provide the services claimed. Instead, Medeiros allegedly used Boom Global to send bills to thousands of Victim Companies, which bills were styled as “RENEWAL” notices, even though the Victim Companies had not previously purchased services from Boom Global. These bills, most of which charged the Victim Companies $297.83, also threatened to charge Victim Companies a penalty of 2% per month for “overdue accounts,” even though the Victim Companies had not purchased services from Boom Global.

    While a number of these “RENEWAL” notices were ignored because the Victim Company had not actually agreed to purchase services from Boom Global, a large number of Victim Companies nevertheless were duped into paying the money demanded in the bill. Through his fraudulent scheme, Medeiros reportedly induced approximately 25,000 Victim Companies to pay fees, yielding an estimated $7 million in fraudulent proceeds.

    One Victim Company reported receiving a number of facsimiles and e-mails from Boom Global which, among other things, threatened that Boom Global would report the Victim Company to a collection agency if the company failed to pay Boom Global’s bill. The Victim Company ultimately paid the bill because it was concerned that its credit rating would be affectedif it failed to do so. Other Victim Companies simply paid Boom Global’s bill in error, even though they had not agreed to purchase any services from Boom Global.

    Medeeiros allegedly used an address on Greenwich Street in Manhattan as the purported address of Boom Global, but that location is in fact a commercial mail receiving agency (CMRA). Medeiros allegedly paid the CMRA approximately $1,000 per month to mail approximately 200 to 400 letters every two weeks for the past four years. Mail to Boom Global received at the Greenwich Street address would be forwarded to MEDEIROS in Canada through a commercial carrier. In addition, Boom Global has a website, http://www.boomglobalmedia.com, which appears on its face to allow a user to search for companies providing certain products and services but actually does little more than provide basic information of the sort readily accessible on a Victim Company’s web site, including contact information and the names of a few company executives. 6-20-08

    Comments or questions? Do you have a news tip? Email us at news@northcountrygazette.org

  73. Peggy August 12, 2008 at 1:42 pm #

    We also received 2 notices in the mail today requesting disclosure of our Board of Directors and a fee of 125.00. I am so glad to checked this site again. Just saved us $250.00.

  74. A.V.V August 16, 2008 at 9:22 am #

    Wow what a bunch of bull. So glad I googled this letter and found this site. I just got my letter the other day and so thanks to everyone for taking the time to post these warnings. My letter looks pretty official and is headed as Disclosure Statement Board of Business Compliance Annual Minutes Division and of course they want my $125. so they can continue mailing out these annoying letters. My first indicator that this was a scam is that there are no phone #’s anywhere listed on this letter, and that my corporation number is wrong. I find it amazing that these people have not been shut down, destroyed, or been targeted for a terrorist attack yet. Well hope that this site helps people think twice in the future about sending anything but hate mail to these jokers. I also find it funny that all the other postings have a different PO Box address. They want my $$$ sent to PO Box 93069, Los Angeles, 90093. F-you. Well thanks again to everyone above for the help.

  75. VH August 20, 2008 at 12:01 pm #

    I recieved the letter asking for $125.00, and after I read commons here, I send the letter back with a “check” says Go Eat SHIT.

  76. Shawtyofdabay August 21, 2008 at 10:54 am #

    i recieved the letter asking for $125.00 seemed so fichy i decided to do some online research.Thanks to this blog i found my answer

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  77. Craig August 25, 2008 at 6:09 am #

    08/25/2008 Yep got one and its still $150 im happy i googled it. Thanks people.

  78. Ann August 25, 2008 at 6:43 pm #

    I recieved this letter today and thought , “Not another bill”. And who the heck is Compliance Annual Minutes Board, anyway? I was going to call my attorney tomorrow but Thanks to Google and this site, I don’t have to. You saved me $150.00 hard earned dollars. THANK YOU !

  79. mike September 1, 2008 at 9:24 am #

    too bad the personal info on the scammer behind this is not posted on the net along with their pictures, then when ever they are out in public they could be subject to humilation ( 0r worse)

  80. marco September 2, 2008 at 9:30 am #

    I had my envoloppe check and letter ready to put in the mailbox when I did a quick search and found this blog.
    from here found the following warning on the Texas Secratary of State website:
    http://www.sos.state.tx.us/corp/scc-solicitation-notice.shtml

    This saved me $375.- (including the $50.- late fee hahaha!)

  81. Margo September 3, 2008 at 9:27 am #

    I was about to pay this invoice and I looked in our vendor list and noticed our company has never paid such a fee.

    I went to the internet and did research and found the company to be a scam.

  82. Randy September 3, 2008 at 1:12 pm #

    I got 2 today for $125 each for 2 different organizations that I am involved with. Never saw this bill before, so I googled it. Thanks, everyone!!!!

  83. caryn September 4, 2008 at 2:42 pm #

    thanks for this website…i threw it in the trash. Looked very convincing. I did notice the real letter has no ‘.gov” website to renew the fees.

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  85. Lynne September 12, 2008 at 9:42 am #

    Got this in the mail last Tues. hurried and got things ready. Wrote the check, sent it in on 9/11. Felt wierd and kind of sick so I called a business advisor. Found out it was a scam and today early this morning put a stop payment on check and will have to open a new account today. Oh, well, live and learn. Thank God we didn’t have to loose the money. He is watching over us! Praise the Lord.

  86. Wayne September 12, 2008 at 10:34 am #

    I received two letters. Fuck these persons I paid the first one only since it looks official.

    I list them here to remind you guys from more scams:

    COMPLIANCE ANNUAL MINUTES BOARD BUSINESS PROCESSING DIVISION
    P.O. BOX
    6202 MURRIETA , CA 92564
    1 866 390 1176 ( never get answered)

    CORPORATE COMPLICANCE RECORDER
    ADMINISTRATIVE CLERK DIVISION
    P.O. BOX 66168
    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90066

  87. elmer September 18, 2008 at 4:22 pm #

    I got one two:
    Board of Business Compliace
    Annual Minutes Division
    PO Box 93069
    Los Angeles, CA 90093-0069

    I am forwarding it to the LA police dept. in hope they can find out who the PO box belongs to and put them in Jail. I work hard for those $125 they are asking for.

    I am happy i found the site, save me time trying to call an office. The letter did not have a Phone number, which made me google to search for the telephone.

    Thanks everyone,
    Elmer

  88. Janet September 19, 2008 at 5:05 pm #

    Received a very official looking letter from “Annual Corporate Compliance” with a return address of 1971 Western Ave #1126, Albany, NY 12203. SCAM. Asked for $125.00. DO NOT PAY IT.

  89. Janet September 19, 2008 at 5:06 pm #

    Received a very official looking letter from “Annual Corporate Compliance” with a return address of 1971 Western Ave #1126, Albany, NY 12203. SCAM. Asked for $125.00. DO NOT PAY IT.

  90. Alice September 22, 2008 at 11:59 am #

    We received the “Annual Corporate Compliance today with the return address of P.O. Box 96069 also. My boss had me google it to see if it was a scam and I came across this website. Thank you for being here. I made a folder for it so that in the future, we will know not to pay it. I also called the Small Business Liaison in Sacramento and left a message concerning this.

  91. DEBBIE September 23, 2008 at 1:37 pm #

    I RECEIVED A LETTER FOR $125.00 NOW DUE FOR DISCLOSURE STATEMENT BOARD OF BUSINESS COMPLIANCE ANNUAL MINTUES DIVISION. THANK ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR IN PUT, I NOW KNOW IT IS A SCAM. THANK YOU

  92. Paul September 26, 2008 at 12:31 pm #

    I’ve been getting these for years…Thank God my wife is smarter than I am!
    I just received another one and decided to look them up and got this web site. Didn’t know there were so many people with this problem. How can this be legal. I don’t think our forefathers ment this in the 1st amendment.
    ASSHOLES…

  93. Shingle Springs Trucking and Delivery (wayne) September 30, 2008 at 6:25 pm #

    i got three (3) different letters regarding this. Fortunatley for me i was in Alaska working and i didnt get the letter until september. one was for $125 another for $120 and the other was for $150. i decided to do some research about what is expected from me and this page was the first one i noticed. thank you for everyones input. it saved me possibly hundreds of dollars. The address that they wanted me to mail it to was Board of Business Comppliance P.O. box 93069 LA CA 90093-0069. another was Corporate Compliance Center, 2740 Fulton Ave., Suite 203 Sac. Ca 95821 916-480-9006. The final one was Corporate Business Bureau corporate division 8939 S. Sepulveda blvd., #110-727 LA CA 90045.
    the last 2 are possibly UPS Store mail boxes. i recognize the suite address and the #110-727. its the same format as i use formy UPS Store mail box. i hope this info was helpful.

  94. Kit Kat October 2, 2008 at 12:41 pm #

    We received the same letter as all of you. They really put some effort to make it look “official”. The letter is for $125.00 payable to Board of Business Compliance and the return address is P.O. Box 93069 Los Angeles, CA 90093-0069. It looks fishy the fact that it doesn’t provide a phone number, so I decided to google it and found this awesome website.
    Thanks to all of your input, we realized it was a SCAM.

    You can also catch this on the letter – > it’s written in small fonts just above your signature. “39&3001 (D) THIS IS A SALUTATION ( and not solicitation = basically is saying – > “HELLO” please send us some $$$ ) FOR THE ORDER OF SERVICE. AND NOT A BILL, INVOICE OR STATEMENT DUE. NO OBLIGATION TO MAKE ANY PAYMENTS; UNLESS YOU ACCEPT THIS OFFER.

    Spread the word to other businesses, friends, family so they don’t become a victim of this scam.

  95. sandy October 3, 2008 at 12:38 pm #

    Thank you fellow internet users for posting this scam info! I too, just got a very official looking demand for $125 to PO Box 38130 LA 90038. Boy oh boy oh boy oh boy.
    Another scam that happened to us- listed an apartment for rent on Craig’s List. 2 days later, the listing appeared again for $700 less per month. hmmmm and people had actually visited our unit, then replied to this fake advertiser cuz it was cheap. This other person was in , you guessed it, Africa, suddenly called home to do missionary work, “so please put a check in the mail.” Boy oh boy oh boy. And some people fell for it! We lost a few potential tenants, but then again, if they were that silly to fall for that ol’ scheme, it was probably for the best.
    People, if it seems to good to be true, it is!!! thnx for letting me rant:)

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  98. Chris October 20, 2008 at 11:05 am #

    Received it and thanks to folks like you it only took a minute to realize it was a scam

  99. A. Morie October 20, 2008 at 1:10 pm #

    Our business received 5 of these today – all with our address in Los Angeles, but 5 different company names (none of which are or have ever been at this location). Some of the business addressed to are actually in San Diego and some are out of state. Nice to see that a company with fraudulent practices is wasting their own money with inept mailings…

  100. Gotcha October 27, 2008 at 7:05 am #

    About Boom Global Media…..Emanuel Medeiros was arrested June 18. He is AKA Joe Garcia and is facing 20 years for fraud. If your company sent or was invoiced for $298. HERE’S YOUR CHANCE TO GET BACK AT HIM!

    Please contact U.S. Attorney’s Office…..Yusill Scribner, Rebekah Carmichael…Public Infomation Office……212-637-2600

    USPIS…Allan K. Weissmann…….Public Infomation Office…..212-330-2270

  101. Shari November 3, 2008 at 6:31 am #

    This site is so appreciated. This is our first year as a corporation, so it did not get my attention right away, but thank goodness I hesitated…. Our letter is from Corporate Records Compliance Office, 125 Wolf Rd. Ste #306, Albany, NY 12205. It was asking for $120. What struck my attention as odd was the statement in all capital letters: THIS IS NOT A GOVERNMENT DOCUMENT – under the return address of the envelope is was mailed in. THanks!

  102. Alex P November 7, 2008 at 1:28 pm #

    Ohh mannn thats a crazy.

    I didn’t check the first time they sent it to me but i paid $150 to compliance annual minutes board, business devision PO box 6202, murrieta, ca 92564.

    so now i got another one that wants me to pay 225 by a due date or it will increase to 275 pass the due date.
    this is ridiculous. I was actually about to pay this one too. ughhh this is suck. i’m going to file a police report and call attorney general offices. I talked ot my bank and they said that i can’t file fraud through the bank because i actually did sign the check :(

    WOW

    BTW: for google purposes, the second mail was sent from State Bureau Of Corporations, Annual Minutes Filing,
    PO BOX 163599, Sacramento, CA. And return envelope was to state bureau of corporations, 5431 Auburn blvd # 262 Sacramento CA 95841

  103. P Wann November 8, 2008 at 2:44 pm #

    Ours came from Indiana – Annual Corporate Compliance, Business Services Division, 10535 E. Washington St., #353, Indianapolis, IN 46229

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  105. David November 14, 2008 at 2:37 am #

    HI FELLOW INCORPORATORS AND LLC’S,
    Today I also received my official: “COMPLIANCE ANNUAL MINUTES BOARD”, but fortunately I did some checking and I found this on-line community. So in response to this letter I faxed a complaint along with a copy of the letter to the Murrieta City Hall at 951-698-9885 (FAX) and sent it directly to the attention of Mayor Rick Gibbs and Mayor Pro-Tem Gary Thomasian….ok a little overboard, but they should know what’s taking place in their city. God bless everyone.

  106. Brian November 17, 2008 at 11:31 am #

    Got two for a couple of businesses I am involved with. Title on mine was Department of Business Minutes saying I owed $125 each, due now.

    Address they listed:

    4470 W. Sunset Blvd, #380
    Los Angeles, CA 90027

    No phone numbers so I cant harrass them…

    Maybe I should go down there and meet the person getting the mail and give them a beat down… They certainly got it coming!

  107. GB November 18, 2008 at 12:32 pm #

    State Bureau of Corporations – SCAM- SCAM -SCAM Annual Minutes Filing for California Corporations and LLCs – This line is so that anyone typing in this info will see the Scam Alert in a Google search.
    Got the “official” letter stating the $225 fee ($195 fling fee plus the $30 administrative fee) must be paid by November 19, 2008. Filing No. 374-47-833-CA. Tiny letters stating this is not a gov’t org. The tip-off for me was that the biz is in another state and the mailing address only is in CA. No phone number, of course. Maybe that is the clue. No phone, no pay.
    For search engines: State Bureau — Form and Filing fee. PO Box 163599. Sacramento SCAM ALERT.

  108. Peg November 18, 2008 at 3:52 pm #

    I received this letter today,from Corporate Records Compliance Office – Wolf Road Albany – saying my business “superior paving corp.” needed to fill it out and send back w/$120. Funny thing is, I DON’T OWN A BUSINESS BY THAT NAME OR ANY OTHER NAME – THERE ARE NO BUSINESSES LOCATED AT MY HOME ADDRESS.
    WHAT A SCAM

  109. steve November 19, 2008 at 11:10 am #

    Hello~

    I got one as well, very official looking with State Bureau of Corp’s on the top, and in small print near top indicating that it was not a gov. agency. Thanks for the other postings.

    Tips for avoiding this type of scam (I have seen many come my way):

    1. Seal- always look for the State Seal on any letterhead coming from any agency of CA’s communication regarding your business, seller’s permit, FEIN, etc. The seal on this letter looks OK until you read it- there is no indication it is from the state.

    2. Phone Number- there was no phone number for this agency. this is Very rare and was the first sing something was wrong with the notice.

    3. One good thing to do when you get anything like this is to google the address. if it is official, you will land on a CA.gov interior page.

    4. Write you congressman! For all the money CA State has small businesses pay, they should be cracking down on this type of scam.

  110. Julie November 19, 2008 at 5:41 pm #

    i got one in the mail and pay them thought it was for my corporate fee. anyone know how to file a claim on them.

  111. Not Born Yesterday November 20, 2008 at 12:37 pm #

    Received one yesterday: Corporate Records Compliance Office Notice of Annual Minutes Compliance with a NY-2008 notation. Amount requested is $120. To be returned by 11/24/2008 to Corporate Records Compliance Office, 125 Wolf Rd. Ste #306, Albany NY 12205.

  112. rob November 25, 2008 at 2:31 pm #

    my husband received one two days ago ,from Corporate Records Compliance Office Notice of Annual Minutes Compliance . Amount requested is $120. To be returned by 11/24/2008 to Corporate Records Compliance Office, 125 Wolf Rd. Ste #306, Albany NY 12205.

    what the fuck is going on !!!!!!!!!!!!How did they get our home Address,Bussiness name and the date our Business started. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME

  113. Larry November 28, 2008 at 5:53 pm #

    It sure as hell looked official. If times aren’t tough enough, now we have to deal with these pricks. Thank God we have each other to cover our ass’s. Thanks

  114. Diana December 7, 2008 at 9:13 am #

    I am so glad I found this site. I got a similar form from the State Bureau of Corporations last month. I didn’t pay because I never received a bill before and wanted to make sure I actually had to pay the fee. At first I didn’t think it was a scam, just an error. The form looks quite official, but after looking it over I began to wonder. Glad I did some research!

  115. humphrey@moreno.ca December 11, 2008 at 1:36 pm #

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  116. Anonymous December 31, 2008 at 3:30 pm #

    I received one today requesting $120 due 1/14//09
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    I just filed my biannual corporation report with a fee of $9, and never heard of annual minutes compliance before.
    Thanks for the scam alert

  117. JohnB January 1, 2009 at 12:07 pm #

    I also received one yesterday from Corporate Records Compliance Office, 125 Wolf Road Ste #306, Albany, NY 12205.
    It also requested $120 due 1/14/2009. In 2007, I got one from a different Albany address. Thanks largely to this website, I paid neither one.

    Today, I filed a Mail Fraud Complaint with the United States Postal Inspection Service and included the URL for this website as testimony to the fact that for well over a year, hundreds of people in several states have been targeted by this scam.

    Thanks for the alert.

  118. JoeyMetro January 7, 2009 at 12:11 pm #

    Received one for $120 also. I wrote SCAM on it with a black marker and sent it back.

    i would love to meet the person who came up with this for 5 minutes.

    Scum bags man.

  119. JPK January 8, 2009 at 12:19 pm #

    I got one from 10535 e. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46229

  120. Karolynne January 12, 2009 at 9:26 pm #

    I received one today in California from “Corporate Business Bureau” for $150 annual fee for “2009 Annual Minutes of Shareholder & Directors Disclosure Statement.” It’s the same form that I accidentally paid from five years ago. Watch out for these people: they just change their name, but it’s the same old SCAM game.

  121. Joseph Bono January 13, 2009 at 6:35 am #

    Hi Bradley, I to got an offical looking document asking for $120.00 by a certain date
    I was away and relized that I had not mailed it yet. So I cut my trip short and came home to mail it.
    But just like you, I gave a quick call to my lawyer Paul, my luck is pretty much alway’s available.
    As soon as I told him he said it is probably a scam, he also said he never heard of anything like this.
    So then looked on the web and put the name of on top of the letter head and you poped up, which confirmed it for me.
    I really want to thank you and everybody telling there story, to help others.

  122. Barry January 13, 2009 at 7:43 am #

    Annual Corporate Compliance

    Sounded fishy – Looks official but they did include a disclaimer that it was not approved or endorsed by any government agency. That was my clue it was a scam.

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  124. chinamom January 26, 2009 at 6:21 pm #

    January 26, 2009. I received the same letter today. However, I am an addicted “Googler”. I google everything. The line under the return address “Not a government letter” or something of the sort, raised the antenna — of course, I Googled Corporate Records Compliance Center + Scam and found these many complaints. Googling has saved me much trouble and funds. Advice: When it comes to paying out money, taking on new projects, due diligence is always a first step.

    Sorry for all those who got scammed and thanks to those who have sounded the alarm of caution. God bless.

  125. Antar Wagoner January 26, 2009 at 11:51 pm #

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  126. George January 28, 2009 at 2:33 pm #

    Emanuel Medeiros -who pled guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud last September – was sentenced today to forty-six months in a federal prison and ordered to pay $300,000 in forfeitures. Medeiros – also known as Joseph Garcia – allegedly sent thousands of companies all over the world fake invoices labeled renewal notices for non-existent internet advertising services. The invoices were sent out under the names Boom Global Media Inc. and Bradstreet International. Approximately 25,000 companies paid the fake invoices. The majority of the fake invoices were for $297.83. Any company who fell victim to the scam is encouraged to contact Victim Witness Coordinator Wendy Olsen –Clancy at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York by calling 1-(866) -874-8900.

  127. Not a Schmuck January 30, 2009 at 6:58 am #

    Dear fellow business owners,

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  128. shocked! January 30, 2009 at 2:50 pm #

    Wow, how are they still sending these out! I just got one too. Based on the first comment above they have been sending these out for OVER TWO YEARS! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE file a complaint with the BBB. I can’t imagine how many people have been completely scammed by these people.

  129. SAVED ME $425! February 2, 2009 at 4:41 pm #

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  130. Joe February 4, 2009 at 9:50 am #

    I sent back the letter and stated if they send me a Money Order Payable To “Cash” for $5,000 I will consider sending them $150 they were asking. This is contingent on their money order clearing the bank. Seems reasonable.

  131. Roni February 6, 2009 at 9:28 am #

    Our schollo foundation fund also received one of these letters. WHere is our Better Business Bureau?????

  132. Terry February 16, 2009 at 1:28 pm #

    I received an invoice in INdiana, with an Indianapolis return address, still the mail orginated in California. Looks official too. What a bunch of ass_____s I hope they end up in jail !!!!

  133. Jim February 18, 2009 at 4:51 pm #

    I just got one claiming to be mailed from Albany, NY but it was bulk mail with an indicia so hard to know where it was really from. They asked for $120.

  134. Anita February 18, 2009 at 9:14 pm #

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    I thank you all, just received a letter from CRCO official notice for annual minutes and immediately used my instincts to look them up and I found this site. The notice looks official since it’s address is also in Albany NY however, claims it’s not a bill, toward the end and it’s not affiliated with a government agency. These people are very clever in their wording which can easily fool anyone. Thank you for those who took action. I will also file a complaint with the Better Business and Attorney generals office.

  137. Chad February 28, 2009 at 5:39 pm #

    Just received one in Texas. I got one last year and went straight to our lawyer. He said you will get more, its a scam. Yep here it is again, watch out!

  138. Chad February 28, 2009 at 5:41 pm #

    Oops here is the info on these jerks!

    Compliance Services 2002-A Guadalupe St. #216 Austin TX 78705-9996 $125

  139. DCW-Indy March 3, 2009 at 9:26 am #

    I received mine about a month ago, and had forgot to pay it. Luckily, I stumbled across this site before I wrote the check for $150. Mine had a return address of 10535 E. Washington St. #353 Indianapolis, IN 46229. I located the address and it is a Mail Boxes Etc (probably similar to the rest of them). The #353 is a personal box number used at that location. I called and talked to an employee, and he answered all of my questions in a very weird way “cannot confirm or deny” or “no comment”. It was very strange. I think the best action to take is make a complaint to the following website.
    https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/forms/MailFraudComplaint.aspx
    This would be consided mail fraud at the very least, which is a pretty hefty prison sentence. Good Luck to the rest of you and hopefully you were not jacked by these incensitive, worthless pieces of crap!!

  140. KMB Houston, TX March 4, 2009 at 9:53 am #

    I JUST RECEIVED THIS LETER FROM COMPLIANCE SERVICES AND DECIDED TO RESEARCH THEIR ADDRESS BEFORE I SEND ANY MONEY TO THEM. FIRST RED FLAG FOR ME WAS…NOT ENDORSED BY ANY GOVERNMENT AGENCY, SECOND, NO PHONE NUMBER TO CALL AND FINALLY I COULD NOT GOOGLE THEIR CONTACT INFORMATION. NO, THE REAL FINAL WAS LOCATING THIS WEBSITE WITH THE SCAM FEEDBACK! KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR SHIGGITY TO COME!

  141. Chadd - San Antonio, Tx March 5, 2009 at 8:13 am #

    I received this l letter as well. Thankfully, I checked with my lawyer before sending them anything.

    I have filed a complaint here: http://www.oag.state.tx.us/forms/cpd/form.php
    and attached a PDF of the letter.

    Anyone in Texas, please do so as well so we can get this stopped.

  142. Lisa March 5, 2009 at 10:29 pm #

    Received the same letter from a P.O. Box in Studio City, CA!
    Looks like they’re using several different addresses around the nation.
    Can’t believe this has been going on for over two years!!

  143. Cabrera Sevices March 11, 2009 at 10:03 am #

    we just recived a copy from “Compliance Services” stating we need to fill out there form, wich makes no sence really when read over, and send them $125. The letter stated to send the payment “by reply date to avoid non-compliance with Texas Law.”. From the first person to look at this letter on we were quite confident it was a scam. Then we came to this blog. While some of the language used makes this letter look offical, for instance “avoid non-compliance” they do clearly state that the document/product in not approved or endorsed by any government agency.

  144. Sand Dune Publishing March 12, 2009 at 3:07 pm #

    These clowns tried to get me too…..just got the letter today from:
    ANNUAL CORPORATE COMPLIANCE
    Business Services Division
    10535 E. Washington St. #353
    Indianapolis, IN 46229

    I WILL be filing numerous complaints.

  145. Nadene March 13, 2009 at 5:10 am #

    We received our letter today. It was mailed from Las Vegas, NV and a return address of 10535 E Washington St #353, Indianapolis, IN 46229. We really appreciate this website and all of the comments. Hard to believe this has been going on for so long.

  146. Marie March 14, 2009 at 12:54 pm #

    We received a letter just like these requesting a check for $150 for each of our corporations. When we tried to find a phone number, we discovered there was none, and the email address was a yahoo email. This is obviously not an official company with the government, otherwise the email would end in .gov. SCAM!

  147. Liinda March 14, 2009 at 3:33 pm #

    I received one of these today for my business. I went on line to the Secretary of State and they said there is a scam out there and to disregard it. They also said they are trying to locate who is doing this. Mine came from “Annual Corporate Compliance, Business Services Division, 10535 E. Washington St. #353, Indianapolis, IN 46229″. This is a scam according to the Secretary of State.

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  149. Jamie March 16, 2009 at 7:07 am #

    We received one titled”ANNUAL MINUTES REQUIREMENT STATEMENT DIRECTORS AND SHAREHOLDERS” from a company called:
    Compliance Services
    2002-A Guadalupe St #216
    Austin TX 78705-9996

    Why are these people so difficult to track down if they’re providing a physical address where the completed forms and checks are delivered? Someone is receiving this mail, right? Or does the government not want to take the time to stop them?

  150. T.I.I.S. Consulting Corp. March 25, 2009 at 1:38 pm #

    I got a letter from corporate records compliance office as well, I have been in busineesfor over 11 years and never received one of these letters, after searching on google after 5 minutes I was surprised to find out that there were a scam ,guys thank you for saving me money, For all your credit repair need pls go to tiisconsulting.com.

  151. Liz April 1, 2009 at 11:10 pm #

    I recently received a string of these deceptive letters ever since I recently established a new California corporation. I noticed the initial post dates back to 11/17/2006 … hard to believe, nearly 3 years later these scam artists are *still* operating! So far, I was a *potential* scammee (is there such a word?) of these scammers:

    1. Office of the Compliance Recorder – P.O. Box 66186 Los Angeles, CA $150 fee
    2. Department of Business Minutes – P.O. Box 41227 Los Angeles, CA $125 fee
    3. Corporate Compliance Filings – 9175 Kiefer Blvd. #336 Sacramento, CA $175 fee
    4. Annual Review Board – 333 S. Grand Ave. 25th FL Los Angeles, CA $195 fee
    5. Compliance Annual Minutes Board – P.O. Box 6202 Murrieta, CA $150 fee
    6. State Bureau of Corporations – P.O. Box 22529 Sacramento, CA $225 fee

    Thanks to the internet and blog forums like these, I confirmed my suspicions about these letters and did not become a victim! This is great, I hope more people will do exactly what we all did and Googled to find the facts and share findings, and report to the appropriate authorities. It’s a good thing it looks like most Attorney General and Secretary of State websites are posting alerts on their websites about these types of scams.

  152. JG April 6, 2009 at 11:44 am #

    See Case No. BC370006 Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles. Central District re Notice of Settlement for a class action filed by Source Recruiting & Design, Inc. against Compliance Filings, Inc. dba Corporate Compliance Center

    Our small non-profit corporation paid $100 in 2006 for a copy of the annual miutes preparation as our then treasurer was duped into thinking it was an official notice from the Secreatary of State. We got nothing in return for the $100 and filed a complaint. The response was to file a civil suit , so I am glad to see someone did.

    The proposed settlement pro rate share is whopping $1.54 for our loss with a final hearing set for June 22, 2009.

    Hmmm………I guess they are going to get away with their dishonest business practice. I’m sure they will be back to take more from others soon thereafter.

  153. Renee April 10, 2009 at 9:35 am #

    Looks like they have spread to GA. The address they listed is:
    Compliance Services
    931 Monroe Drive NE, STE A102#333
    Atlanta, GA 30308-1795

    Sorry for those that got caught in their web. I think we should wait by the mailing address and see who shows up. :)

  154. Philip April 10, 2009 at 11:55 am #

    Just got one as well, in California. I almost sent it in but thought I’d google it first to see what it was all about. Thanks for saving me $150.

  155. JV April 13, 2009 at 4:43 am #

    Received an official looking bill and form for my company.
    Couldn’t get anything from state info. Our copmany is in Indiana, they have moved on apparently.
    Return address is
    Annual Corporate Compliance
    10535 E. Washington St. #353
    Indianapolis, IN 46229
    Thank you for all the info……

  156. KA April 15, 2009 at 2:12 pm #

    I received the same letter from Corporate Business Bureau in Los Angeles. It is a very official letter but there is no reason why my small business should have to report meeting minutes. It’s a scam!!

  157. shiran April 20, 2009 at 12:09 am #

    got the letter 2 weeks ago, made the check ready to sent and in the last second checked Google – thank you all
    they wanted $225.00 and if not paid on tim e the charge will go up… smart son of a b…

  158. Seteglowlydow April 23, 2009 at 5:18 pm #

    I’m the only one in this world. Can please someone join me in this life? Or maybe death…

  159. robert April 24, 2009 at 2:30 pm #

    This Compliance Annual Minutes Board almost scammed me, what we should do take the notice they sent you change the address and confirmation # and use there envelope and send this with a stamp to a gov. agency, then maybe they will shut these idots down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yea?

  160. robert April 24, 2009 at 2:31 pm #

    This Compliance Annual Minutes Board almost scammed me, what we should do take the notice they sent you change the address and confirmation # and use there envelope and send this with a stamp to a gov. agency, then maybe they will shut these idots down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yea?

  161. Dryce April 24, 2009 at 8:27 pm #

    I received the Compliance Annual Minutes Board letter today, April 24, 2009. The big clue was that there was no physical return address, only a P.O. Box. It was from Murrieta, CA. Since this is fraud, I intend to take this copy to the local police to process accordingly. Be careful out there.

  162. Krystn April 30, 2009 at 5:27 am #

    We received Annual Corporate Meeting Minutes from Annual Corporate Compliance in Indianapolis, IN. It didn’t ask for any money. It just said, “Please sign then insert into your corporate records book. Do not return.” It listed a meeting that was NOT held by our Board of Directors on April 8, 2009 at 10:00 AM. Very strange. It was postmarked 04/23/2009. Has anyone received this? Thank you.

  163. Dashona May 26, 2009 at 8:27 am #

    We have received two of these… one from Indiana and one from Georgia. We got the GA one first and did some research and found it was a scam. Then when we got the Indiana one in the mail today I knew it was a scam. The forms even looked almost identical! Can’t wait until we get one for all the other states we do business in! WHAT A SCAM!

  164. Kathy June 9, 2009 at 10:48 am #

    I just got the letter from “Compliance Annual Minutes Board” Business Processing Division PO Box 6202, Murrieta,CA 92564
    At first I was angry at being billed …just got incorporated in April this year. If you don’t ask questions,do some research…and your clueless, you would probably pay the bill..and they would get away with it.
    I have called the number listed for questions and no one answers the phone, but you do get a recording of a man telling you
    they will call back. I just wish the FBI would catch these people. There are porbably hundreds of people who have paid this bill. Why else would they keep doing it, except that it works. WHAT A SCAM IS RIGHT!!!

  165. Lori June 22, 2009 at 2:25 pm #

    I recieved a letter, like CA, to submit $150 for Annual Minutes Disclosure Statement.
    This time it is for the state of Indiana. Is this one a scam too?

  166. Tom June 23, 2009 at 10:43 am #

    I received the Disclosure Statement from the “Department of Annual Minutes Compliance” last week.
    It smelled fishy right away. There’s no State seal on it, only fine print quoting California codes. Not to mention there are numerous spelling and grammar errors, including the misspelling of the Department’s name itself (at the bottom of the page on the back). It’s actually quite funny, scam artists are always such poor spellers.

    But thank God for the internet giving us the ability to check up on these things!

  167. Pat June 23, 2009 at 10:53 am #

    I just got one for our family’s historical society. I have been Resident Agent for the society and as such, I file an Entity Report with the Secretary of State every year as a non-profit organization. I just about dropped my teeth (so to speak) when I saw this Annual Corporate Compliance Form asking for $150 per year. At first glance, it looked so authentic but as I read it, something told me that it was either a mistake or a scam. There was no explanation as to why I had to file this form or why I had to pay $150 to them or what services I was agreeing to. I tried to find them in the phone book, no luck! My husband and I both got on our computers and we found this site,,,,THANK GOODNESS! AND THANK ALL OF YOU for your comments about your experiences! The “Scam office” here in Indianapolis is: (By the way, we live nearby this address, so we are going to check it out to see if there is anything there)

    Annual Corporate Compliance
    Business Services Division
    10535 E. Washington St. #353
    Indianapolis, IN 46229

  168. Mark June 25, 2009 at 10:56 am #

    I reported this to the NYS Secretary of State back in 2008, but never heard from them. However, I continue receiving these letters, which, of course, are filed in the file under my desk.
    I think it’s about time that proper governemnt authorities get involved.

  169. Mel June 29, 2009 at 7:34 am #

    I received mine for our neighborhood association – and I am the treasurer. First tip off – no phone number to call and ask about this and second – not a proper name for a company to mail the payment to. I looked online and saw all of your comments – THANK YOU. I did notice at the bottom when it had that this was …not a bill, invoice or statement… I see a lot of comments from CA, I live in Indiana like #169 Pat and it says (ANNUAL CORPORATE COMPLIANCE) at the top of the report. The Mid-West was hit by the scam too.

  170. RICK July 7, 2009 at 3:00 pm #

    Got one last week here in florida. it has an official looking tallahassee (capital of FL) address. what tipped me off is that it quotes some florida statue 607.102 and others stating its mandatory to file annual minutes but at the end of the paragraph it also says “not approved or endorsed by any government agency” SCAM!

  171. Debbie July 21, 2009 at 11:17 am #

    I recieved one from Compliance Services Raleigh, NC. I thought it was real. The letter came in an official looking green evnelope. There is no where in the letter or the Annual Minutes Requirement Statement a notice about it not being a bill. Apparently NC doesn’t have that law in place yet. They want 125.00 sent to Compliance Services, 324 S. Wilmington St., P.O. Box 407, Raleigh NC 27601 Beware. I’m so thankful that I found all your posting!!!!!

  172. Liz August 6, 2009 at 3:17 pm #

    Looks like the “Department of Business Minutes” is being rather persistent… not only did they send us a scam solicitation a few months ago with a remit address of P.O. Box 41227, this time they’re using P.O. Box 41617. Still in Los Angeles, CA.

  173. Kelli August 14, 2009 at 2:20 pm #

    I just received one of these as well. I had set up a company for a friend, so I called Compliance to tell them they needed to not send future notices to my address as I am not the recipient for the company’s mail. A VERY unintelligent sounding man told me that I “was responsible for forwarding it on”. When I told him that I wasn’t, and that the government should maintain accurate records (thinking that it was a government document), he said, “Um, yeah, um….you can like just throw that away”. Then he hung up on me! I called back immediately, STILL thinking it’s a government agency, and got a fishy voicemail. Thanks for your posts- glad I googled them!

  174. P August 21, 2009 at 12:38 pm #

    I just got one in the mail but its not a PO BOX address its a building number and a suite # in Sacramento. If I lived closeby I would pay them a little visit!! Thanks for the warning…I couldnt figure out if it was real or not!

  175. Ezra September 7, 2009 at 8:42 am #

    I recently formed an LLC in CA and received a similar letter from “The Board Of Business” asking for 175.00 plus the names of my Executives and Members of the company, addresses, phone #’s, etc. I figured it must be a scam so I checked, glad I saved the $. The address to send the money to is a po box in Los Angeles. Take Care to all…

  176. Nancy September 8, 2009 at 9:21 am #

    My first clue was that the seal in the upper corner is not the state of California seal. My second clue was that the letter was not sent by any state agency. I didn’t read any further but went straight to the internet to see what the scam was all about.

  177. Anthony September 17, 2009 at 1:58 pm #

    Since we registered our business with the State of CA, we have gotten THREE scam letters from con-artists posing as state bureaucrats! One was from the “Business Filings Divison” and another from the “Annual Filings Division” and then the Compliance Annual Minutes Board.”

    Do ANY of you know who these scammers are?

  178. Liz September 24, 2009 at 3:11 pm #

    To P (post #175) — Was the mailing you received from Corporate Compliance Filings – 9175 Kiefer Blvd. #336 Sacramento, CA with a $175 fee? If so, I got the same one (amongst like 6-7 others, as of now!) Actually, I wouldn’t be surprised if that “suite” address isn’t really a suite, but rather a UPS Store with on-site personal mailboxes. A lot of shady corporations like to rent out these PMBs and disguise themselves…makes them look like they have a real office suite. As a matter of fact, I just Googled that address right now, and sure enough, it’s a UPS Store.

  179. Profile photo of Bradley Charbonneau
    Bradley Charbonneau October 1, 2009 at 8:38 am #

    @Liz Thanks Liz for the bit of detective work! These slime balls have to come and pick up their mail right? Maybe if we know where the PO Box is, the police can nab them in the act of stealing our money!

  180. Liz October 21, 2009 at 2:46 pm #

    Yet another scammer making the rounds:

    Corporate Business Bureau
    Corporate Business Division
    8939 S. Sepulveda Blvd. #110-727
    Los Angeles, CA 90045

    This outfit is asking for a $150 fee! Geez, you begin to wonder how many of these
    scammers exist. I’m beginning to lose track of how many solicitations I’ve received
    so far…

  181. Dawn October 23, 2009 at 5:44 am #

    And another in addition to above scams – this one requesting $195:

    Annual Filing Division
    1215 K Street, 17th Floor
    Sacramento CA 95814

    All of these “businesses” are rated “F” with the BBB. This is the second one we received within the past 2 months. Last one came from Corporate Business Division.

  182. Shawna January 13, 2010 at 1:06 pm #

    I received one too due in June.. It looks just like Indiana Supreme Court Fee Form for $150.00 they only reason i did NOT send money is I had just sent the Supreme court fees I am so thankful I googled this.
    Address on my envelope is Indiana Corporate Compliance, Business Services Division, 1350 W. Southport Rd, Suite C314, indianapolis, IN 46217

  183. Andrew January 22, 2010 at 11:31 am #

    The letter is about “New York Annual Minutes Requirement, form NY-2010″

    Before I wrote the check I did a goole search(because in our 20 years business, never pay such a fee, suspecious!),
    the very first result is this page! so I know it’s a Scam, then I took a second look at the letter, in the lower left hand side, it says:
    “this service…..not been approved or endorsed by….GOVENGENCY…..this is not a bill”, BUT, the letter sure look like a bill!
    $120.00, almost gone~

  184. Kim January 25, 2010 at 2:27 pm #

    Received a letter today from this bogus company in Albany, New York asking for $120.00. At the bottom in fine print, it says PARTICIPATION IN THE SERVICES OFFERED BY CRCO IS VOLUNTARY AND ELECTIVE.
    Surely there’s some one who can this scam from going on and on unless its LEGITIMATE??

  185. Shawna January 26, 2010 at 7:05 am #

    It is NOT legitimate and they are giving SEVERAl return addresses. If you call the number on the form.. you will not get anyone to answer! This is a huge scam and resembles the Supreme Court Annual Fee form .

  186. Dick March 8, 2010 at 11:38 am #

    Your attorney(s) should be handling all “annual minutes”. Note small print on bottom of form says participation is voluntary.

  187. Andrea March 9, 2010 at 3:19 pm #

    Here’s another bogus company to add to the list of those in California:

    Compliance Services
    P.O. Box 1265
    Studio City, CA 91614-0265

    They call their mock form a “Annual Minutes Requirement Statement / Directors and Shareholders”. They ask you to complete the form and send it with a check for $125, payable to COMPLIANCE SERVICES. Sure, the form does state in fine print “you can engage an attorney to prepare them, prepare them yourself, use some other service company, or use our services.” And they say they’re not a government agency and so on. But at first glance the form looks like a government form, very official, says time-sensitive, etc.

  188. Lee March 24, 2010 at 11:53 am #

    These guys are at it from ALL angles! Got a letter yesterday…again very “official” from the:

    RECORDING COMPLIANCE BOARD
    Title Reconveyance Department
    P.O. Box 480501
    Los Angeles, CA 90048
    (800) 569-0610

    I refinanced my house last year at this time and everything was clear and wraped up, so I was a bit confused at their letter. I contacted my old lender to make sure everything was still in place–it was. These guy are scamming $145.00 to get a copy of the DEED OF RECONVEYANCE (which I already have.) Of course there is URGENCY in the letter stating failing to act may have an effect on the title to my property.

    The fine print: “Recording Compliance Board is a neither private non-governmental company nor government endorsed. We help homeowner’s secure clear title to their property after the mortgage obligation has been paid off.”

    Homeowner’s also BEWARE!

  189. Diane March 29, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    Also got a letter from the RECORDING COMPLIANCE BOARD regarding a refinance I did last year. This is a total SCAM!
    Can we report them to the BBB? or some other agency?

    BEWARE of:
    Recording Compliance Board
    Title Reconveyance Department
    P.O. Box 480501
    Los Angeles, CA 90048

  190. Eileen March 31, 2010 at 10:10 am #

    Just received a leter from Compliance Services with a return address in Studio City. Very official looking but I am not paying. It is a scam

  191. John May 8, 2010 at 11:25 am #

    Got a VERY official looking letter today from “RECORDING COMPLIANCE BOARD” almost DEMANDING that I pay them $145.00 to supply me with a certified copy of our “DEED OF RECONVEYANCE” after we paid off our existing loan through a refinance. What BS this is. Unfortunately, these unethical money pimps prey on old people, mostly. Those who can least afford it. What trash they are. I plan to make copies of this and RUN WITH IT! These dirtbags make my blood BOIL!

  192. Donna June 15, 2010 at 4:47 pm #

    I received a similar letter last year from the “Business Filings Division” and after a careful read determined it must be scam, which was confirmed by googling the name of the so called form. It even had an official looking “seal” on it. So when I saw this Corporate Compliance letter I pretty much knew it was cut from the same cloth. My advice to anyone before paying: read the fine print carefully. Look for the terms such as “not endorsed” or “this is not a bill.” Also, if there is no phone number to follow up on the validity, then probably there is no such entity!

  193. CB July 11, 2010 at 8:09 am #

    Having to file with the state is a scam in and of itself. Just government looking for fees

  194. Jack August 14, 2010 at 5:54 pm #

    I received a letter last year from the “Corporate Compliance Service” and ask me pay $120.00 to CCS.
    What is it?
    How do I do? Do I need to pay?

  195. jennifer September 7, 2010 at 12:12 pm #

    Jack-DO NOT PAY!!! Read the bottom because I received the same letter today and it states THIS IS NOT A BILL.

  196. JL October 12, 2010 at 9:28 am #

    Yup LA county and Ventura county it’s happening too. I work for the county of LA and I was immediately suspicious that it did not use official county letterhead (which all letters from the county have to have) And mine did not even have the small text disclaimer that they are not a county agency. What makes it look even more ‘official’ is bold text and red or blue boxes around some of the text, it’s probably designed to scare unaware folks to part with their $. Put it in the paper shredder!!!!!

  197. WA October 20, 2010 at 11:51 am #

    I got the same letter stating I need to return it no later than 10/20/10 or it will result in personal liability. I am just glad I found you guys.

  198. Kris January 28, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    I got same letter from Albany, NY. Thanks for the info.

  199. Tried us too February 23, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    Call the number listed angrily, Demand they remove your info and no longer contact you. Call nys attorney general, file a complaint. When you call be nasty enough to make the person on the other end not want to answer any more calls for these crooks. No bad language just legal threats.

  200. It's A Scam February 23, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    The best thing to do is to send the enclosed envelope without postage. Put no return address (or put theirs) and the Post Office can only delivery the envelope to them, postage due for $1.45.

    • Alice March 4, 2011 at 6:39 am #

      That’s a good idea. I just received the letter. They ask you to fill out all the information that about your company and make a $120.oo check pay to their company no later than 3/14/11. This time, they use the phone # is (866) 506-0145.

    • D / MMI March 23, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

      Good idea, will do

  201. D / MMI March 23, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    3-23-2011, I received “Annual Minutes Requirement Statement” asking for $125.00 fee to be due by 4-13-2011. It looked suspicious, since I already file filed the annual Corp for this year. Also there was no phone # to call, only an address ( 400 Capital Cir SE Postal Mail Box 18321, Tallahassee, Fl 32301. I googles the address & thanks to technology you are able to view the location as if you were there. It didn’t look convincing so I decided to do a search on them & came across this very helpful discussion site. Thanks.

  202. Cindy May 4, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    Received the letter today from “Corporate Records Compliance Office” asking for $120. Boy am I glad that I decided to Google this.

  203. Theresa May 18, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    I received a letter last week from “Corporate Minutes Service” and it did look really official. They asked for $129 from me. I’m so glad I follow my hunch and read the letter more carefully b/c it stated at the bottom that it was a solicitation of service. Well, I researched them anyways to check out their business and boy I’m glad I did. Thank goodness I found this blog and read your stories.

    This is the address they gave me as company address & the return address. Well, when I Google map the address, it turned out to be some run down post office building.
    12021 Wilshire Boulevard, ste 503 Los Angeles, CA 90025

    And here’s the name listed as the president: Enayat Kohanzad http://www.corporationwiki.com/California/Los-Angeles/corporate-minutes-services-inc/44154900.aspx

    I sure hope they get caught and shut down soon plus fines & jail time.

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  205. Marcella January 19, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    I just got the letter from Corporate Minutes Services. They wanted $129.00 for the 2012 year. I thought it might be a scam because of all of the spelling errors on the form, UMMM HELLO SPELL CHECK! Anyway, Im glad I checked these idiots out online. Thanks for posting this.

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  207. Del Gran April 21, 2012 at 11:24 pm #

    Our letter to was received on April 17, 2012 from:
    Compliance Services
    5962 Zebulon Rd.
    Postal Mail Box 363
    Macon, GA 31210-2031

    Reviewing the postings at several web sites with postings by businesses receiving these solicitations, I find complaints about these or similar letters being sent to both S and C Corporations in fourteen states including AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IN, IL, MA, MT, NC, NY, OH, OR and TX.

    Compliance Services web site claims the following:
    The documents we prepare for your corporation will keep you in compliance with your state’s requirements and allow you to avoid the necessity of holding actual meetings of the necessary parties.
    http://www.corpsrvc.com/
    Form does not include any information about the meeting, just the Officers, Directors and Shareholders. Specifically no information about the date, place, or what was discussed in the annual meeting. How can you complete meeting minutes? Does the Secretary of State agree that fictitious meeting minutes replace the need for actually having an annual meeting?

    State Bar of CA Profile for Selwyn J Monarch:
    http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/Member/Detail/31025
    Above lists Selwyn J Monarch as “Inactive but eligible to become active” and includes address, phone, fax and email address.

    Document from link in above profile for a CA State Bar Court Case # 00-O-12562 dated July 18, 2004 signed by the judge on Jan 29, 2004.
    http://members.calbar.ca.gov/courtDocs/00-O-12562.pdf
    Last sentence of Legal Conclusion on Pages 12-13 of the above PDF:
    Respondent failed to keep Clients reasonably informed of significant
    developments in the Clients’ cases, in willful violation of section 6068(m) of the California
    Business and Professions Code.

    The above was assembled via Google searches on April 21, 2012 for the following:
    “Compliance Services” SCAM
    “Annual Minutes Requirement”
    “Selwyn J Monarch”

  208. Del Gran April 21, 2012 at 11:59 pm #

    Our letter to was received on April 17, 2012 from:
    Compliance Services
    5962 Zebulon Rd.
    Postal Mail Box 363
    Macon, GA 31210-2031

    Reviewing the postings at several web sites with postings by businesses receiving these solicitations, I find complaints about these or similar letters being sent to both S and C Corporations in fourteen states including AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IN, IL, MA, MT, NC, NY, OH, OR and TX.

    Compliance Services web site claims the following:
    “The documents we prepare for your corporation will keep you in compliance with your state’s requirements and allow you to avoid the necessity of holding actual meetings of the necessary parties.”
    http://www.corpsrvc.com/
    Form does not include any information about the meeting, just the Officers, Directors and Shareholders. Specifically no information about the date, place, or what was discussed in the annual meeting. How can you complete meeting minutes? Does the Secretary of State agree that fictitious meeting minutes replace the need for actually having an annual meeting?

    State Bar of CA Profile for Selwyn J Monarch:
    http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/Member/Detail/31025
    Above lists Selwyn J Monarch as “Inactive but eligible to become active” and includes address, phone, fax and email address.

    Document from link in above profile for a CA State Bar Court Case # 00-O-12562 dated July 18, 2004 signed by the judge on Jan 29, 2004.
    http://members.calbar.ca.gov/courtDocs/00-O-12562.pdf
    Last sentence of Legal Conclusion on Pages 12-13 of the above PDF:
    Respondent failed to keep Clients reasonably informed of significant
    developments in the Clients’ cases, in willful violation of section 6068(m) of the California
    Business and Professions Code.

    The above was assembled via Google searches on April 21, 2012 for the following:
    “Compliance Services” SCAM
    “Annual Minutes Requirement”
    “Selwyn J Monarch”

  209. Del Gran April 23, 2012 at 12:34 am #

    2009 COURT CASES in NC and TX:

    NC took action against Compliance Services in 2009 and identifies the Owner as Selwyn J Monarch. The settlement requires payment of $25,000:
    http://www.ncnn.com/business/6646-state-stops-deceptive-mailings-to-businesses

    Additional documents related to NC Temporary Restraining order, etc:
    http://www.secretary.state.nc.us/corporations/pdf/TROExtendedOrder.pdf
    http://www.secretary.state.nc.us/corporations/pdf/TROCorporate.pdf

    The last link is a 71-page document. Selwyn J Monarch is identified as the Agent and Principal Officer of Corporate Services, Inc. d/b/a Compliance Services, Corporate Services and CORPSRVC.COM. The above link includes Exhibits of mailings and notices from several states, UPS Mailbox application, CA Drivers License, etc.

    Exhibit #6 in the above link includes a copy of similar Texas Action (Cause # 2009-40126)

    I summarized all the 2012 postings at:
    http://scriptionary.com/2009/03/07/annual-minutes-requirement-scam/
    Twenty Six Florida Postings starting with #327 starting in January.
    Six Georgia Postings starting with # 378 in April.
    One Posting from CA without any postings from states other than FL, GA and CA.

    My letter to GA Attorney General goes in the mail tomorrow. Somebody needs to notify the Attorney General in FL. GO CLASS ACTION #373 … it is funny to hear that an attorney got scammed … lends credibility to how confusing these notices are in spite of the disclaimers.

  210. Del Gran April 30, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    Sorry if one of my previous two posts was duplicated due to me visiting the site from a different computer and thinking I hadn’t requested.

    I find it interesting that you did not allow either of my two posts with a lot of information about this scam while you allowed the previous post that has nothing to do with this scam and appears to be a commercial to sell Chanel hand bags.

  211. Del Gran April 30, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    Moderator:
    Just found out that my previous two posts are still waiting on your review.

    Your site is looking at the computer’s id instead of the Name and/or email which becomes very confusing to those of us that use more than one computer.

  212. Del Gran May 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    OTHER SCAMS BY SELWYN J MONARCH:

    California Bar Journal, Official Publication of the State Bar of CA, includes the details of the 2004 action listed by “The State Bar of California” web site for Selwyn J Monarch Attorney #31025 as referenced in my April 22, 2012 Post above.

    On the web page below, click on “SELWYN J MONARCH” who is the 6th from bottom on the list of attorneys listed under “SUSPENSIONS/PROBATION”:
    http://archive.calbar.ca.gov/%5CArchive.aspx?articleId=59208&categoryId=59126&month=11&year=2004

    From the above, SELWYN J. MONARCH [#31025], 73, of Sherman Oaks was suspended for 30 days, stayed, placed on one year of probation and was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. The order took effect July 10, 2004. (MPRE = Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination)

    According to California Bar Journal, Selwyn J Monarch and another non-attorney owned and operated a business called MP Realty Services. MP sent out form letters seeking clients to represent for the purpose of determining whether home loan borrowers were due a refund for overcharges.

    MP Realty Services ultimately filed three breach of contract lawsuits, two against Fidelity Federal Bank and one against Downey Savings and Loan Association, after the banks declined to settle claims for refunds.

    Judgment was granted against the borrowers represented by MP Realty Services in all three cases, and without the borrower’s knowledge or authorization, MP Realty Services filed appeals. The appeals failed and final judgments totaling $178,000 were entered against the borrowers.

  213. Del Gran May 7, 2012 at 4:17 am #

    SELWYN J MONARCH, MEET THE AUTHOR

    Selwyn J Monarch has been a member of “Don Porter’s Thursday Golf Group (DPTGG)” since 1998 and his photo and player profile are at:
    http://dptgg.org/cgi-bin/DPTGG/profile.cgi?SMonarch

    +++++
    Per Intelius on May 1, 2012, Selwyn J Monarch is now Age 80. http://www.intelius.com/results.php?ReportType=1&formname=name&qf=Selwyn&qmi=J&qn=Monarch&qcs=CA&focusfirst=1

    This correlates with Selwyn J Monarch being admitted to the CA State Bar in 1961, 51 years ago with “Disciplinary and Related Actions” in 1994, 1995 and 2004. At age 80, there is some hope that Selwyn J Monarch will get his reward in HELL soon.

    +++++
    I am glad my wife, son and daughter don’t have to face themselves, family and friends knowing that their spouse and father has a long history of operating on the very fringe between scam and legal.

  214. Del Gran May 7, 2012 at 4:23 am #

    SECRETARY OF STATE AND ATTORNEY GENERAL MAKE BIG DIFFERENCE:

    What a difference the Secretary of State and Attorney General make:

    +++ NC and TX have taken legal action per my previous postings. You don’t see any recent posts from these states.

    +++ Montana Secretary of State warns:
    “ … if this scam penetrates our borders, I will immediately contact the Attorney General’s office to investigate”.
    http://sos.mt.gov/news/assets/pdfs/2009/Potential_Scam_Alert.pdf
    You don’t see any posts from Montana businesses.

    +++ Georgia has had a warning posted on their web site since February 2008 without taking any action. That is as good as saying it is okay.
    http://www.sos.ga.gov/pressrel/20080220.htm

    +++ Florida SOS web site posts a annual warning during the corporate registration season. Florida Attorney General’s office reached an agreement with Compliance Services in 2009 and states that Compliance Services is following the rules of this settlement via the disclaimers.
    http://m.naplesnews.com/news/2011/apr/27/Compliance-Services-Better-Business-Bureau-minutes/

    +++ California passes legislation effective Jan 1, 2012 requiring the same disclaimer used by Corporate Services as far back as 2009:
    http://www.sos.ca.gov/business/pdf/new-laws-preventing-fraudulent-solicitations.pdf
    This is like passing a law that says “Compliance Services, what you are doing is legal”. You don’t see many posts on this site from CA from there is a separate site for CA:

    The Los Angeles, CA BBB has 81 closed cases and identifies the contact person as “Selwyn J Monarch – Principal”. This site has the most information of any BBB site that I have found:
    http://www.la.bbb.org/business-reviews/Incorporating-Companies/Compliance-Services-in-Studio-City-CA-100049181

    From the above, you can see that Compliance Services knows where the “safe havens” are.

  215. Del Gran May 16, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    COMPLIANCE SERVICES USPS BULK MAIL PERMIT = DTPG

    The letter we received on April 17, 2012 had the following as a Bulk Mail Permit:
    ___________________
    | |
    | Presorted Standard |
    | US Postage |
    | PAID |
    | DTPG |
    ___________________

    Return Address is a UPS Store, same as everyone experiences:
    Compliance Services
    5962 Zebulon Rd.
    Postal Mail Box 363
    Macon, GA 31210-2031

    I would be interested in having others post the last line of the Bulk Mail Permit on the letters they receive. Do they all have “DTPG” or are other permits used?

    I called local USPS Bulk Mail facility and learned the following:
    + Businesses can obtain their own permits. For example, LL Bean could get a Bulk Mail permit
    that was “LLB”. (Example provided by USPS)
    + Those that use bulk mail permits have to take their mail to the facility where they obtained
    the permit where their mail is counted, weighed, etc to determine proper billing in lieu of
    postage.
    + There can be cases where, with assistance from insiders, you could circumvent the system
    and avoid payment of fees for the bulk mail.
    + Local USPS Bulk Mail facility could not help identify the location of mailing of the DTPG
    permit. Recommended that I call USPS Postal Inspector. Before I call, I would appreciate
    feedback from others who have received this mailing, particularly from those where the Bulk
    Mail permit Is different from DTPG and / or the return address is different than Macon, GA.

    I searched for acronyms for DTPG and found nothing that seemed applicable.

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