Tennessee business owners should be wary of scam attempts

Secretary of State Tre Hargett is warning Tennessee business owners about a new scam targeting businesses with a deceptive mailer from a company called Business Document Center incorrectly implying that businesses need a Certificate of Good Standing.

This most recent mailer, titled 2022 Certificate of Status Request Form, tries to get Tennessee business owners to pay $87.25 for the Business Document Center to request a Certificate of Good Standing on their behalf. A Certificate of Good Standing is not a document available from the Secretary of State’s office. The fee the Business Document Center is charging is four times more than the Secretary of State’s office charges for an equivalent document offered, a Certificate of Existence.

The mailer and the Business Document Center are not affiliated with or authorized by the Secretary of State’s Office in any way.