Beware of Scam Targeting Small Businesses through Mailers and “Inspectors”

Inspector and Mailer Heading PhotoAll in One Poster Company, Inc would like to warn its customers as well as other small business owners to avoid mass mailer scams informing them that their labor law posters are outdated while pressuring them to purchase an overpriced product for their employee and business.

These mailers are false, misleading, deceptive and even threatening. As a part of this scam, business owners are demanded to pay varying amounts that range from $65 to $285 or face fines up to $17,000.

One mailer is marked with the company name “Corporate Compliance Services” and labeled “Labor Law Compliance Request Form.” Several businesses who receive these notices are just starting up and have yet to have any employees, and therefore are not required to post such information. Even when posting is required, the individual notices are provided at no charge by the U.S. Department of Labor as well as various agencies within your state’s labor department.Corporate Compliance Services Mailer

Another mailer comes from a “PCI – Customer Compliance Department” and is marked “Compliance Update 2016 (or current year) – URGENT”. Inside this mailer, an imposing phrase in bold letters says, “SUSPENSION OF COVERAGE” greets the unsuspecting reader. In a different strategy, this mailer actually offers similar posters at a much lower price of $10 for a non-laminated version and an extra $9.95 for lamination. Given that this mailer might get a much larger response due to pricing, the company comes back at the unsuspecting customer with an invoice that is well over $100, adding posters that they claim are also required. This company also makes constant phone calls to companies, whose information they most likely obtained through purchasing leads from the state. Please note that although this company uses “AIO Acquisition, Inc” as one of its several names, and calls its products as “Space Saver All-On-One Poster”, it is in no way affiliated with All In One Poster Company, Inc.Personnel Concepts Mailer2

Lastly, All in One Posters would like to warn against people posing as agents or “inspectors” who visit small businesses and threaten unknowing owners with fines and citations due to missing labor law posters, which they just so happen to be selling! Even if they show you a fake ID or citation sheet claiming they represent the “compliance department”, remember that real government inspectors DO NOT SELL POSTERS! Do not be fooled. Again, sole proprietors and business owners who have no employees, are not required to post labor law posters.

Related article: How do you know if your labor law posters are up to date? When you are one of our customers, you don’t have to worry!

 

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94 thoughts on “Beware of Scam Targeting Small Businesses through Mailers and “Inspectors”

  1. Thank you for posting this!!

    Why don’t these types of business get arrested and shut down. It’s hard enough for a business to operate. In Real estate we have all types of laws governing what we can advertise – this should be no different.

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    • Kaylee, They are breaking the law, that’s why they hide behind a PO box and probably a shell company that does not really exist. I do agree I wish more would be done for these kinds of slime balls. I got one of these today and realized right away that it was a scam. So I am returning their self addressed envelope with a statement showing my appreciation for their apparent concern for my company, cost .40 cents.

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  2. Thank you for sharing this! I was really worried and have been trying to call the customer service line but it has been impossible to speak to anyone directly. Very shady!

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    • You’d be surprised how many have fallen for these. There is also a new one relating to a request to submit an updated “minutes” and list of officers for “filing” and asks that you mail in a filing fee of $150 along with it. We posted about it on our Facebook and Instagram recently.

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  3. I just received one of this fake letter from Corporate Compliance Services, and I’m so glad I check out this website. I knew that there is something fishy about this letter so I tried calling the number and hoping that I could speak with a someone and so I can check the legitimacy of it. Unfortunately that number I called did not gave me an option to talk to a live representative to challenge them it was all automated. I will share this fake letter that I received to the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Veterans Business Outreach Center [(VBOC) I’m a veteran just FYI]. I want the small business owners to be aware of this scam and hopefully that the local officials and/or the government shut this criminals for good. Thank you for sharing this information to the public.

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    • Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. We’re glad this article has reached over 30,000 readers. We sent this information to the US Postal Service Inspector General as well. And lastly, we salute you for your service to our country.

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  4. I just got one of these posters from Poster Compliance Center in Colorado. My business has 0 employees so seeing the poster made me laugh . I want to make sure people are aware of this scam but I see that you have already done so. Thanks!

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  5. We changed to an LLC and immediately got a notice that was titled ‘Poster Compliance Service’ and “Labor Law Compliance Notice’ telling us that we’d be fined if we didn’t send $84. for their posters. I googled the taglines along with the word “scam” and ended up here. I then googled free posters on my state’s website and downloaded them. FOR FREE.
    I wanted to mention that not only was there no website listed on this document, but no phone number, and when I sent an email it bounced back.

    Thank you for your article! It really helped our business.

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  6. This notice looked official and was extremely ominous sounding. However, I knew something was fishy when our business name didnt have LLC at the end of it. All the government (US, state, and city& county) agencies have the LLC at the end of our name so i dont think the agencies sold the information. They got our info from somewhee else.

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  7. Wow, THANK YOU for posting this! I just received the “Labor Law Compliance Request Form” and was stressed out by having to jump through another bureaucratic hoop. I figured I’d google it first since I hadn’t seen this requirement on any of the checklists for starting my business. Thanks for helping this first-time business owner not get scammed!

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  8. My Husband just received a call from 1-844-203-3203 and was told the same scripting as all the comments, when I called the number the message states “you have reached the U.S. Federal Compliance Office”…is this true?? I’m thinking it is a scam but how can they say they are a federal office without getting in trouble legally??

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    • Unfortunately the word “Federal” is not a protected word when it comes to using it to name your business. For example, the Federal Savings Bank, with branches in Chicago and New York, is a private entity. The only restriction is that you can not name your business after an existing and actual federal agency.

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      • Thank you so much! I ended up speaking with a “Terri” who gave me the same scripting and because I was armed with the information from your website I was able to shut down her selling tactics and informed her that posters etc are free on the governments website. She said “oh ok, we just wanted to notify you then” and she hung up lol thank you thank you!

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    • I received a call a couple weeks ago from the same phone number you listed above. My caller ID even said “Washington DC” (a little intimidating). The woman on the other end said i had to pay a one time “annual fee” (as she called it) of $184, PLUS the cost of a poster. She said if i didnt pay, i would be audited! Scary words for a new business owner! She asked me WHY i hadnt paid it yet when i received their flyer months ago. I told her, their notice (which was just a postcard), said i didnt have to pay anything & to disregard the notice, IF, i didnt have any employees. Well i dont have any employees, its just me. She said because i am an LLC, i count as an employee. She asked for my credit card info, but I asked her to send me another notice instead of giving out my card information over the phone, & so that i can re-read their info, mail in my payment & also have their info for my records. Its been over 2 wks now & i havent received anything yet. I even called last week to tell them that very thing, but still, i havent received anything yet. Kinda been freaking out bcuz the caller ID said Washington DC (sounded legit), but now that i see someone else has had a call from that very same number (844-203-3203) i feel a little more at ease that its a scam…i hope. Did they also ask you for a one time fee of $184 and youd be audited if you didnt pay??! Ugh! Im stressed…& confused on the issue altogether really. Youd think that if the government wanted their money, theyd mail me another notice (that i requested twice now) so that i can pay…but NOPE. Everybodys telling me its a scam, but i honestly dont know what to think. Help!

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  9. I received a very official looking letter from the Labor Law Compliance Request From trying to trick me into sending them $84 for posters I do not need. BEWARE entrepreneurs.

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  10. I received one of these mailers a couple of weeks ago. I’m glad I decided to look this up online and came across this article. I do not (and will not) have employees so I wanted to look up what I needed to do for an exemption. Thank you for this information. Just starting out with my business, and I’m paranoid about making sure I do everything legally that I need to do. Had I not come across this article, this company probably would’ve received my money. This shouldn’t be allowed.

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  11. The sender of these scam letters asking for $84.00 is Thomas H. Fred Jr. His Address is 15887 SW 16th Street, Pembroke Place, Florida 33027. He has been found guilty of previous similar scams. The reason that he is difficult to find is that he uses many PO Boxes around the company as return addresses so people think he is local to them. Call The Attorney General in FL to report the scam. Mary Hull can help there. Mary.Hull@myfloridalegal.com.
    He purchases the list of newly formed companies from states and then send all of the new companies these threatening letters. Most of these companies do not even have 3 employees so they do not need posters. To read about him:http://www.myfloridalegal.com/newsrel.nsf/newsreleases/A1A5C260724FE28085257B8A004AEE67

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  12. I have received one of the posters from Corporate Compliance Services by mistake today. The above comment is correct. It was sent from zip 33026 which is in Pembroke Place, FL. This guy never answers his phone. Home on Zwillow at: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/15887-SW-16th-St-Pembroke-Pines-FL-33027/43255521_zpid/
    Interesting Link: http://www.myfloridalegal.com/newsrel.nsf/newsreleases/169C4ADB496A872285257D4200737F22
    Also: http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2013-06-14/business/fl-corporation-scam-20130614_1_new-firms-attorney-general-bondi-corporations

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  13. I work in a building on a floor of many start-up businesses… this memo will be posted in the building break room. I HATE this stuff with a passion.

    I figured it was legit and sent a check for $11 then they called and tried to add “additional notices” with a balance of $200. Luckily, I sent a check and not our CC info… I said they could mail it with an itemized bill. They wanted to email the bill right away but I said, “No, in the mail.” Immediately after I got off the phone my intuition told me I made a mistake. I called the company back. The guy with a girl’s name sounded nice enough and he said he took off the second part of the order. I told him I don’t mind the check for $11 being paid for the items I paid for and that they better not send me the second part of the order with a bill because I will not be paying for it

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    • Hi Michelle. What we can only advise as a labor law poster company is what you’re required to post up on the wall. These posters are only required if you have employees, and can be found on our website http://www.allinoneposters.com. With regards to other employment issues, you may want to contact an HR professional. Feel free to send us an email for further assistance as well.

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  14. Why did I see this article, unfortunately I was cheated for $94, their price has increased, just registered a small company in Texas, I actually hesitated when mailing, why is the company registered in Texas? I have to send it to Florida to buy a poster for the labor law, but only for a moment, I sent out the $94 order and filled out my phone number and information. On August 6th, they sent out the money on July 6. I tried to contact Western Union customer service. They said that the time is too long, and they have to pay 34 dollars, but they don’t necessarily have results. I don’t know what to do. I just want to cancel the money to those who need it. I will not return it to me. OK, don’t let these scammers succeed. Their scams have been going on for a long time. Why can’t they completely attack them? I can only grow a lesson.

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  15. They are not in Texas. They buy PO Boxes in all states to look local. Then he has the mail forwarded to his address in in Pembroke Place, Florida.His name is Thomas H. Fred Jr. and his cell phone is 954-668-6010. Call the Florida Atty Gen for a complaint.His company is Corporate Compliance Services.

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  16. Called me and said they were from the US Federal Compliance Center and that they were a division of the Dept of Labor. they called me a bout a new company that I had just incorporated. They said that I did not sign up for the poster program so I was out of compliance. I told them I did not have any employees so I n=didn’t need any posters. The lady said that since I was the owner I was considered an employee so I still needed them. I proceeded to her that I would not be starting the actual business until next year so I would get them then. She kept insisting that I still needed the posters so when I told her we did not have affixed address yet and would she like me to put the posters up in my living room or bedroom she hung up.

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  17. Thank you for validating my instinct that something was “fishy” about the “Compliance Alert” I recently received & how failure to comply could result in fines up to $32,786!!!! Completely ludicrous

    These thieves should be fined for harassment &. deceptive business tactics. Very unethical & just downright wrong.

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