Sometimes I love the Internet!
Had I not been furious about “Los Angeles” wanting me to pay $150 for a corporation fee as well as requesting corporate minutes – when the company is not in LA – I may not have seen numerous posts about the Corporate Compliance Recorder being nothing more than a black hole for $150 (or 175 if I pay past the due date).
It may not technically be a scam but the severe wording about penalties definitely makes this out to be a governmental requirement and not a “useful service” being provided by a private party.
But wait, I did have some clues that this was not an official government office of Los Angeles.
Deconstructing the Mail
1. Address is a PO Box
2. No phone number or LA county information
3. Typo on Line 3 of the back (they owe me $150 for editorial service)
4. Checks payable to Corporation Compliance
I hope this helps you and I thank all those who have brought the mystery of 0orporate Compliance Recorder to light before!
Update: I cannot confirm this is a scam and cannot confirm that you don’t have to pay it. I’m just reporting what I believe after reviewing it and looking at other websites. Overall this does not appear to be something that is required by the city or state. I’m closing comments on this post…please refer to the many other websites that discuss this company.
In the middle of an LA Times article: New oversight, stiffer penalties approved for snooping into patient records — about data breaches of celebrity health records — there sat a small paragraph delivering monumental and thrilling healthcare news to Californians:
“The Senate approved a bill (AB 2) that would require health plans to offer coverage to people considered medically uninsurable because of pre-existing medical conditions or contribute to a state account that subsidizes insurance for them.”
THIS IS HUGE. Did I say THIS IS HUGE? Thank you lawmakers.
Oddly enough, aside from the bill itself, all links point back to this LA Times article. I’m sure millions eagerly await news of what this means in practice.
UPDATE 9/30 – NO HEALTH CARE UBER ALLES.
VETOED BY Schwarzenegger:
LAST HIST. ACT. DATE: 09/30/2008
LAST HIST. ACTION : Vetoed by Governor.
A Tennessee news channel reports that “Identity Theft Gets The Wrong Person Arrested.”
Financial fraud can be the least of your worries when someone uses your identity to impersonate you.
Companies such as Identity Guard make it possible for you to review the public records and find any use of your identity for things like, say, warrants out out for your arrest. It’s worth checking!
It’s sad to think that upon a baby’s birth you need to start thinking about protecting his or her identity. In fact birth certificate theft has become so common, newborn mothers have told me their hospitals urge them to quickly pick up the certificate. (Fraudsters can get passports by using a birth certificate, so it’s a valuable commodity.)
In Never Too Young to Have Your Identity Stolen, The New York Times interviews a guy who found out only as he was a late teen that one or more people had been using his identity for years – something from which he has not been able to recover.
They note that “Children’s identities are used in much the same way as those stolen from adults, as a basis for credit cards, bank accounts, utility service, insurance, even employment.”
Got kids? Start by getting IdentityGuard with 6 months of FREE credit monitoring
And make sure to shred any documents containing your kids’ personal information!
A $15 toward my next rental seemed like a good deal, until I read the not-so-fine print.
Then I noticed they require a credit card to get the $15 coupon. I have to give you a payment source for a mere coupon, which I’d redeem on another site? (Or maybe you redeem it here.) In any event, that gave me some doubts.
That’s when I saw this was a “30 days free” offer on this promotions service. If you forget to cancel, it’s $10 a month.
So for signing up to get $15 off my next rental:
- I have to give all my contact information and a credit or debit card to yet another website.
- I have to remember to cancel my membership within 30 days.
That costs a little too much to me.
Read the fine print!