State officials are warning Connecticut business owners of mailers from companies seeking erroneous fees to file annual reports.
Attorney General William Tong said state agencies have received more than 100 complaints in the past week about official-looking mailers requesting additional, unnecessary fees.
“We are in the midst of an economic crisis, and businesses cannot afford to pay for services they don’t need,” Tong said in a prepared statement. “Be sure to look at the fine print and make sure you are dealing directly with legitimate state agencies to file only what is required.”
Tong said his office is investigating whether the mailers in these instances originated from the same company that previously reached a settlement with the state to resolve “government imposter fraud.”
Businesses can avoid the extra fees by filing directly with the office of Secretary of State Denise Merrill, Tong said. The filing period begins on Jan. 1.
“Connecticut has made it easy for small business owners to file their annual reports online,” Merrill said in a prepared statement. “Small business owners should be on the alert for government imposter scams like these and protect themselves by only using the official websites to file their reports.”
To report a scam or instance of fraud, call 860-808-5318 or file a complaint at www.dir.ct.gov/ag/complaint.