Have you received a “Notice of Potential Compliance Violation?” Don’t fall for it!
BBB’s Scam Tracker is proving to be incredibly useful as consumers began providing information on a company called Business Compliance Division, Compliance Division or similar names. The company gives an address of 300 Colonial Center, Suite 100, Roswell, Georgia 30076. However, this building is one for virtual offices and we cannot verify if this company actually occupies space in the building. The telephone number provided for the firm is 855-864-9420.
This company is distributing deceptive solicitations (primarily post cards) which look official and appear to be coming from the state or another government entity.
The common theme is a “Notice of Potential Compliance Violation” then the recipient is directed to call a number to “Avoid potential fees and penalties.”
Once on the phone the company solicits monies to clear up the issue and to send you a “Certificate of Good Standing” or similar like document that, if it exists, could be obtained through the real government agency at a much lower fee or at no cost.
Some solicitations include a key indicator contained in the fine print, which will usually say “This product has not been approved or endorsed by any government agency and this offer is not being made by an agency of the government.” There are subtle variations of this language that seem “official.”
The solicitations also include details about the entity, officers and directors and warnings about penalties and fines and a series of “form” numbers that could lead the recipient to believe they are official.
If you are ever unsure about the legitimacy of a notice you receive, we strongly encourage you to check with the actual government agency referenced or implied in the notice, the Georgia Secretary of State’s office (for business corporate registration), the industry’s licensing agency, and your BBB.
Other BBBs reporting information on this company are located in Missouri and Idaho. The links to their reports are copied below:
For further information on fake government solicitations, please visit our website at bbb.org/atlanta.