No mincing words. The company, Corporate Records Service, used misleading mailings to trick thousands of small business owners into paying unnecessary fees.
US Postal Inspector Laura Carter said, "The forms these businesses were receiving looked legitimate they looked like a governmental document that was a requirement."
For $125, CRS offered to fill out forms supposedly "required" by the state.
The forms looked urgent and were written in legal language with a "Please Respond" mark in the corner.
"The scammers have gotten very creative and very good at mimicking the labels, the logos, the whole impression of it being government documents," Abby Kuzma, Director of Consumer protection, said.
The owners of CRS, Thomas and Steven Fata, are the subject of complaints in several states including Texas, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Arizona, Delaware, Indiana, Illinois, Virginia, Michigan and Wisconsin.
"Ordinarily, when you get a document that looks like a government document, you respond. We really need to let people know that people are scamming in this way," Kuzma said.
Carter explained, "We always suggest to people, please check with out local attorney general's office or your local Better Business Bureau to always find out whether or not this is a legitimately required item."