News 4 investigates scam targeting local small business owners

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by Chris Nagus / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on June 12, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 12 at 10:00 PM

 (KMOV) – An out-of-state business is targeting local small business owners with scams involving official-looking letters asking for money.  

Donald Bojrad, a South County Veterinarian, got a letter that looked real in his mailbox coming from Corporate Records Service instructing him to submit his annual minutes form.  He believed it was legit since he owned a small business.

This wasn’t the first time News 4’s Chris Nagus was asked about letters coming from Corporate Records Services.

Last year, Ron Cushman in Granite City, Ill. received a similar letter and as a small business owner himself, he was initially confused since he had never gotten one in his six years with the business.

Missouri residents were asked to mail their checks to a PO Box in St. Louis; for Illinois residents, the PO Box was in Springfield.

The woman inside the post office told Chris Nagus all of the mail is forwarded to another address in Michigan.

According to a lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin Attorney General, residents in that state were told to mail their checks to a PO Box in Madison.

That PO Box was leased by Steven Fata of Michigan. He and other man with the same last name are associated with the Mandatory Poster Agency, also known as Corporate Records Service.

The Illinois Secretary of State’s Office says it’s a bogus form by a company that’s trying to rip off Illinois businesses.

In Missouri, a similar warning by the secretary of state, if you get this letter, you don’t need to pay anything. Just toss it in the trash.

If you did pay these men, let Chris Nagus know by emailing him at CNagus@KMOV.com

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