Hargett Warns of Corporate Record Scam

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett is warning businesses to be vigilant about scammers that request fees that are not required by state government. Hargett reports his office has received inquiries about notices from Corporate Records Service (CRS) that are causing confusion because they resemble late notices the Secretary of State’s office sends to Tennessee corporations that do not file their annual report by April 1 each year. Hargett said that CRS is not registered with the state, and business should be wary of any company charging a fee in excess of what the state charges to file documents. CRS reportedly was requesting a $125 fee to file the report, while the state’s standard fee is $20.