South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond issued an advisory warning of a scam selling bogus “certificates of status” to businesses.

“Our office received multiple complaints from businesses stating that they had received a letter in the mail from an entity called SC Certificate Service,” said Hammond.

“The letter purported to provide a ‘South Carolina Certificate of Status’ for $87.25. Businesses should know that this is not an official certificate issued by the State of South Carolina, and that this so-called certificate of status is not required to transact business in this state.”

The letter from SC Certificate Service falsely claims that “A South Carolina Certificate of Status is issued by the Secretary of State and may be required for loans, to renew business licenses, or for…

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