BBB Business Alert: Local Companies Targeted by Questionable Solicitation

August 08, 2008

Tucson, AZ - A Phoenix company calling itself the Board of Business Compliance is sending Tucson businesses a notice stating that an annual fee of $125 is "DUE NOW." BBB warns companies to read the letter closely before sending money.

BBB has received copies of letters from five Tucson businesses so far.

The notice looks official and includes a document on the reverse titled "Arizona Revised Statutes Guide." This document indicates "Payment should be submitted for processing and fulfillment of Annual Minutes of your corporation."

This is not an official document from any branch of the government. The letter's fine print says it is a "salutation for the order of service and not a bill, invoice or statement due." The letter does not indicate what services might be provided for the fee.

According to the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC), the letter looks and reads like the ACC’s filing documents, which is creating confusion.

Businesses who receive this letter are being asked to report it to the Arizona Corporation Commission at 520-628-6560. Those that sent money should notify BBB at 520-888-5353 and the Attorney General’s office at 520-628-6504.