Businesses warned of “South Carolina Certificate of Status” scam
South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond issued an advisory warning for a scam selling bogus “certificates of status” to businesses.
“This week our office received multiple complaints from businesses stating that they had received a letter in the mail from an entity called S.C. Certificate Service,” said Hammond in a press release. “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 S.C. 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 tax or other business purposes.”
The Secretary of State’s Office does not issue a certificate of status as stated in the letter.
While a business on file with the Secretary of State may request a Certificate of Existence from the Secretary of State, a Certificate of Existence is only issued by the Secretary of State’s Office and not a private entity. Furthermore, the fee for a Certificate of Existence is $10, rather than $87.25.
Secretary Hammond urged anyone receiving this letter or similar correspondence to contact the Secretary of State’s Office immediately.
“It is a shame that there are scammers out there who try to take advantage of businesses by marketing these phony documents,” he said. “I implore businesses and consumers to verify the legitimacy of any solicitation that they receive before sending any money.”
The Secretary of State’s Business Filings Division can be reached at 803-734-2158 or at sos.sc.gov.
The Secretary of State’s Office has issued a cease-and-desist letter to SC Certificate Service and has referred the matter to law enforcement for further investigation.
River Landing property gets new tenant
Pete Harper, Reid Davis, and Cameron Yost of Lee & Associates represented Hawk Management LLC in the lease of 3,000 square feet of office space located at 109 River Landing Drive, Suite 200, on Daniel Island to tenant Carefree Boat Club, for the Daniel Island Real Estate Company LLC.
Charleston dealerships search for spokespersons
At a time when everyday individuals are receiving numerous opportunities to display their talents on hit shows like “The Voice,” “American Idol,” “America’s Got Talent,” and across social media, Hudson Nissan is offering area residents the chance to participate in the dealership talent search.
Hudson Nissan is looking for two spokespersons; one for each of their dealership locations in Charleston and North Charleston.
The multi-media contest is open to all Charleston area residents — male or female — age 21 or older. In addition to starring in the dealerships’ commercials, the winners will receive $10,000 each.
Hudson Nissan Talent Search open audition registration began April 1 online at shophudsonnissan.com and will continue through April 28. The auditions will be held at the DoubleTree North Charleston Convention Center, 5264 International Drive, on Thursday,
April 29 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Ten qualified finalists will be announced on June 7 with the winners selected on June 24.