BBB Warns of Scams Hitting Churches, Small Businesses

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The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning about a clever scam targeting churches, non-profits, and small businesses with false fines.

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Randy Hutchinson, president of the BBB of the Mid-South, warned “Wake Up Memphis” listeners Wednesday to carefully check any fees.

Notices that claim to be from the “Tennessee Certificate Existence Filing Company” are demanding payment for a “Certificate of Existence,” the Tennessee Secretary of State warned for the second time this year.

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The notice contains a seemingly official seal and other features like different languages to make it seem legitimate.

“Before you pay money for any supposed government agency, verify it’s legitimate,” Hutchinson said. “Don’t call the number on the form, don’t be pressured by threats, fines, or any negative actions to pay a fee.”


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