One of our correspondents recently reached out to us regarding a scam targeting Florida-based businesses. The misleading mailers are being sent from an entity called Business Certificate Services. While the document looks official, it is being sent by a company that is in no way related to the Florida Secretary of State or any other government agency. In fact, in very small print the document includes the following admission: “This is not a government agency.” The letter requests a payment of $67.25 in order to attain your “elective” certificate of status. To be clear, the state does not require that a certificate of status be purchased in order to be considered a valid business entity. If you’re ever suspicious of any documentation that you receive, don’t hesitate to call our offices at 800.533.7272—we’re here to help!