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Fort Walton Beach business scam


A business owner in Fort Walton Beach is sending out a scam alert.
    She says a letter from Tallahassee almost fooled her into writing a check.
As Channel Three's Laura Hussey tells us, it's not the first time there's been a warning about the company.

This is Artesano Jewels in downtown Fort Walton Beach. They've been in business four years, so the owner's seen her share of scam letters. This one however got her attention, and look at it, it does look very official, it says compliance services, send 125 dollars. Matter of fact, it looks so official, she actually started to fill it out.

The Better Business Bureau put out a scam alert on compliance services in 2010.
    They say it's not unusual for a scam to disappear for a while then resurface.

The letter says compliance services will satisfy the annual minutes requirement for your corporation.
    But the Florida Attorney General says there's no requirement that annual minutes, or money, be submitted to any outside agency.

Nikki Lyons says what she found the most misleading was the return address on the letter....Capital Circle in Tallahassee.

Nikki  said, "Before, I'd gotten letters in the mail saying I needed to remit paperwork and money, but it was always to California, which I knew California wasn't worried about my Florida business"

Neither the Okaloosa Sheriff's Office nor the Better Business Bureau has received any other complaints on this scam, at least not yet.