Secretary of State Tre Hargett is issuing a warning statement to business owners across Tennessee, advising them of a scam that has recently resurfaced. A fake mailer from a company that goes by two names: Tennessee Certificate Service and TN Certificate of Existence Filing Company.
The misleading mailer is titled “2021 Certificate of Existence Request” and has been sent to businesses across the state purporting to require all Tennessee businesses pay a fee of either $83.00 or $175.50 for this third-party company to step in and complete the Certificate of Existence paperwork on businesses’ behalf. However, a Certificate of Existence can be obtained directly from the Secretary of State’s office for just $20, either by phone, mail or online.
Business owners can call the Division of Business Services at 615-741-2286 if they receive such a mailer or want to obtain a Certificate of Existence.