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NY certificate service Reports & Reviews (28)

• Sep 23, 2022

Victim Location 10466
Type of a scam Government Agency Imposter

Date: Sent on 9/22/22 Amount requested: $87.25 Recently filed for LLC in NY state. Received a letter that looks very official for the NY Certificate Service. NY state already offers this service for $25. Did a search and discovered this is a known scam.

• Sep 05, 2022

Victim Location 11375
Type of a scam Government Agency Imposter

Scamming to sell a "New York Certificate of Status" to small businesses.

• May 07, 2022

Victim Location 12205
Type of a scam Fake Invoice/Supplier Bill

Received a letter via mail stating congratulations on registering your business with the state of New York. Below is a form for your registered business and to send a check or money order for $87.25 for a New York certificate of status. This is a scam - NYS does not send you or ask you to get a certificate of status unless you ask them on the nys gov site.

• Mar 21, 2022

Victim Location 10708
Type of a scam Government Agency Imposter

Asked me to send a check for $85.25. Read about similar experience if others so wanted to report as well. I did not pay the amount due to reading others’ comments. I tore up the paperwork already but came on thick yellow, official-looking paper, can see how it is so successful.

• Nov 22, 2021

Victim Location 13903
Type of a scam Government Agency Imposter

Registered a new LLC and got a letter from these people to pay $87.25 for a NY Certificate of Status. It’s complete BS and makes themselves look like a government agency.

Victim Location 11231
Type of a scam Fake Invoice/Supplier Bill

I received this semi-official looking notice in the mail requiring me to pay $87.25 for a Certificate of Status for my newly-registered LLC. A quick Google search revealed that this Certificate can be obtained from the ACTUAL NY State for $25 and the company is suspicious. It pays to do your research.

Victim Location 11206
Type of a scam Fake Invoice/Supplier Bill

When you are waiting for your certificate back from the state after filing your LLC, this SCAM business will send you a letter in the mail, asking you to send a check for $87.25 to get your copy. The letterhead and language are incredibly convincing. I knew something wasn't quite right because our business has two more weeks to go in the local paper before we can even finish the filing process.

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Victim Location 13662
Type of a scam Fake Invoice/Supplier Bill

These people are a SCAM! They wanted money saying that this was the last step to certifying my LLC business.

Victim Location 10510
Type of a scam Fake Invoice/Supplier Bill

I received the same letter as everyone else requesting $87.25 for a NY Certificate of Status. Why is this allowed to continue? It is challenging enough to start a new business, this type of misleading and price gouging solicitation is deceitful. When you pose as an official NYS service, put a "Respond By" date and ask for 350% more than what it actually costs, whether it's fraud or not, it's wrong and should be stopped. Thankfully, I didn't send money but how many people need to pay an absurd price for something they don't need and in many cases, not receive it before it's shut down? On my letter they have a physical address of 911 Central Ave Westgate Plaza, Suite 132 in Albany. Can't someone visit to see it's legitmacy?

If anyone really NEEDS the Certificate of Status, the official website is:

https://www.dos.ny.gov/corps/faq_certificates_under_seal.page.asp

It costs $25

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Victim Location 14626
Type of a scam Fake Invoice/Supplier Bill

I received a letter in the mail, stating that "Your Articles have been filed with the secretary of state and are complete...etc etc" This letter also, asked to Confirm Business Name & Document Number are Correct, etc etc. I was sitting at my computer and I Googled the address of this supposed NY Certificate Service at 911 Central Ave, Westgate Plaza, Albany, NY. Many people said, it was a SCAM. I immediately called the Better Business Bureau, but I missed the hours in which to speak to a representative. The recording gave this website to lodge a complaint. This fraudulent company was/is soliciting a check/money order. I did not send a check/money order.

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I realized I was scammed. It’s just a piece of paper with a fake notary ! How do I go about a refund?!

+1

Victim Location 11510
Total money lost $87.25
Type of a scam Fake Invoice/Supplier Bill

I sent a Money order worth 87.25 to register my new company with the state but I asked around about the form and was told it is fraud because my company was already filed with the state. I believe it was to register my company with the state and ensure that the state certifies my new company.

Victim Location 14072
Type of a scam Fake Invoice/Supplier Bill

Ny certificate service acting as a giverment agency. They send mail to small business owners asking for a payment of $87.25 to prove business existence. They also ask for full name, business name, email and phone number. They add a deadline date as well.

They are from 911 central ave Westgate plaza, suite 132. Albany, New york 12206.

Victim Location 11230
Type of a scam Fake Invoice/Supplier Bill

I received a letter that appeared to come from New York State. I filled out a check for $87.25. Something just did not seem right, not sure what. Then, since I am a new business, I checked online about this service. I thought it was related to my requirement to publish my LLC in local newspapers and that I had met the requirements through a legitimate company that I used to publish the existence of my LLC. However this company "NY Certificate Service" seems to be a scam. It says in tiny print where you are supposed to cut out your return slip with your check "This is not a government agency." Luckily I checked this company out on the internet and found out it was a scam. I just saved myself $87.25

Victim Location 12206
Type of a scam Fake Invoice/Supplier Bill

Recently incorporated my business and received an 'official' looking form in the mail regarding a NY Certificate of Status. When I saw the amount of $87.25 for the certificate I researched on the NYS.gov website and found that this is not a 'required' certificate, but may be necessary to have for some businesses. The fee the government is charging is $25.

I am posting this information to help stack the deck on this company. This is misleading and could easily confuse an inexperienced person who is trying to comply with state requirements when first establishing a business. Companies like these should be required to post "THIS IS A SOLICITATION" or "THIS IS NOT A BILL" or "THIS IS NOT A GOVERNMENT AGENCY" in a LARGE point font at the top of the page. This company does include the statement: "This is not a government agency" on their piece, but it is in very, very small print in the middle of the page. Not satisfactory.

Victim Location 11218
Type of a scam Fake Invoice/Supplier Bill

This company presents itself as a necessary part of the formation of an LLC, but it is not. The letter they send is obviously trying to seem like an official government document and implies that you need to pay the $87.25 fee in order for your LLC to be fully formed. They are obviously trying to take advantage of people who are not well versed in the process of forming an LLC. They are trying to make money by scamming small business owners. Despicable.

I wrote away for my Certificate and spoke to a guy names Kevin, and guy named Jesse, and and unnamed girl. Kevin on 3 different occasions said he mailed the certificate out which was a red flag since I never received it and have never had a problem receiving my mail. When I asked Kevin who his supervisor was he told me that he was the supervisor- that they were short on staff. He also gave me a government phone number and said that they could email me me my certificate. When I google searched Kevin's name and nothing came up I realized this was a scam. This is a fraudulent company and a complete scam. They are pretending to be the state of NY and giving you the state's phone number when you don't receive your certificate. I am including a photo of the letter I received in the mail.

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Victim Location 11230
Type of a scam Fake Invoice/Supplier Bill

The letter asks you to submit $87.25 in order to receive a NY Certificate of Status, which "shows the official evidence of an entity's existence." I was highly suspicious of the letter, even though it appears as if it came from a NYS official government agency. The wording of the letter implies that this Certificate is mandatory, and is the only document that can "show the official evidence of an entity's existence." I did my own research and came across a Yelp page that listed others that had received the same scam mail. Furthermore, for a small business, I don't really need this Certificate except when asking for loans; in addition, it costs $25 to request the Certificate directly from the NYS DOS website.

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Victim Location 12206
Type of a scam Fake Invoice/Supplier Bill

This company aims to target newly incorporated businesses in NY State by claiming that this request form can be submitted (along with $87.25) in order to receive a service relating to receiving a Certificate of Good Standing with raised seal. The request form is misleading. The only way to receive a certificate of good standing with a raised seal, is to order directly from the NY State governmental office, for a fee of only $25. Please do not waste your money and fall for this scam. I am so glad that I did some research before sending in my money!

BEWARE!

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Victim Location 11778
Type of a scam Fake Invoice/Supplier Bill

After starting an LLC Business, this company impersonated a State of New York agency. Staying that the "Certificate" they were sending would bear the Official seal of the State of New York and would be evidence that my company is registered with the State of New York. The cost would be $87.25. One would think this is a requirement to having a business ... in very small print there is mention "this is not a government agency"

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