If you get a letter that looks like the following two images from a company calling themselves Workplace Compliance Services, it’s just a scam.
The letter and return envelope they supply are very professional looking, they look just like government forms. But if you look at the parts of the letter that I have highlighted, you’ll see that they have nothing to do with the state (Colorado) or federal government. It’s just a scam, trying to get you to pay a $75 fee on top of a state government fee that costs only $10 and you can easily file online in ten minutes.
Here are the Workplace Compliance Services letter images:
Note that I define scam as, “Creating packaging and a letter pre-populated with your business information and quoting government statutes with the intent to look like government forms and deceive the consumer.”Back to top
Workplace Compliance Services, one of several assumed names in Michigan
Out of curiosity I searched the Colorado Secretary of State business database and found that these frauds are actually a business based in Michigan:
So I decided to search the Michigan business database, and found that Workplace Compliance Services is an assumed name for a company named ANS:
As that shows, Steven Fata and David Brake are the two people behind ANS, Inc. and Workplace Compliance Services. When I looked to see what other assumed names ANS, Inc. has, I found these names:
It's safe to say that these businesses are also scams:
- Assumed Name Services
- Business Compliance Services
- Florida Assumed Name Services
- Florida Fictitious Name Publishing
- Mail Processing Cetner (note the misspelling)
- National Passport Express
Apparently they’ve been doing this for years
Update: I just google’d the name Steven Fata and found this The Lansing State Journal article that states, “A Delta Township business intentionally sent deceptive mailings that looked like official government documents to businesses, churches and nonprofits for more than 15 years, the state alleged in a lawsuit filed today ... (Michigan Attorney General Bill) Schuette contends the company’s owners — brothers Thomas, Steven and Joseph Fata — sent misleading mailings that resembled government documents under the name, ‘Corporate Records Service.’ The company offered to prepare records that met the ‘requirements of Michigan law’ for $125.”Back to top
Summary: Workplace Compliance Services scam
In summary, if you were wondering if the Workplace Compliance Services letter is a real form from the state government, no, it’s just a scam.Back to top
Thank you for pointing the fraudulent nature of this letter. I appreciate you taking the time. I got one in the mail yesterday.
Thank you this is a disgrace, scamming small businesses pay 199.00 for something that is a total falsehood like we help you to file (for a fee) something that is done in five minutes. Total scam.
I got one yesterday. I live in Florida. Workplace Compliance Services wants $199 for there services. I read it and saw it stated "Not a government agency" but was not sure if I needed to send it in anyway. Very tricky wording.
Thanks for helping me confirm it is a scam.
Got one of these too in Florida asking for $238.75. Didn't break down the funds as you have but it states "price includes state fee and WCS processing fee." Thought it was odd when I saw it was sent **AUTO** above the company name. similar to other junk mail. I searched under Florida BBB & it was rated as an F. Thanks for your research
I am in CT and just received a letter from Workplace Compliance today. Said I hadn't filed an annual report with the Secretary of State for my LLC in two years. I was able to very quickly confirm the incorrectness of this information, so no harm done. But this company should be reported to the Attorney General or similar authority, its not ok to use the mails to scam people.
Thank you for the info. I was suspicious when I called the number and it said person not available.
searched workplace compliance services on google and this site came up. Thanks for the succinct write up. How do we report or sue these scamming jerks?
Thank you for posting this!!
Yes it does look official!
Florida property was listed and very accurate information was pre filled.
I received this letter a few days ago. Yesterday, I filed my periodic report to the Colorado SOS in about 5 minutes online and it cost the usual $10. No extra fee of $75 was needed to take care of this myself. Thank you for researching this scam. I found your information today out of curiosity. Mister google got me to your page that reports this scam and I am very grateful for the extra work you did to point out the flaws in this mailing. I hope other small businesses take the time to find out about this before wasting their money on a scammer.
YEs yearly they are sending this scam! Caught them four years ago as I called and contacted the BBB
We just got one of these letters telling us to pay$185 for an LLC fee due ea year that's a lot less than$185 . I'm guessing they looked it up in public records. The address they told us to send a check to is:2755 Commercial St. SE Salem OR, Ste.101, 97302 which is a UPS store that has personnel mail boxes!
I'll be reporting this to the local BBB, and Attorney generals office. Hopefully they will be done here very soon!
I salso got a letter charging $130 for a $20 filing fee I can do myself. Beware
We received one today as well. I've never seen this form in my life and thought it looked super fishy. Thank you for all your research! It was very helpful!
Got one from them in Florida, 1700 north monroe street, #11-20 Tallahassee asking for $238.75 they are getting greedy
Thank you so much for pointing out "this is a scam" online, otherwise there is no way to know its real or fraudulent. Greatly appreciated. I received one a week ago on the mail, glad I looked up online before I made a payment.
Their form looks really authentic! But I know I usually pay my filing with the State of Oregon online, so I was wondering.... thank you for this posting. Just for fun, I checked online for the address in Salem, Oregon (the state capitol) - it's a box at a UPS store. (To clarify, it's like a post office box; UPS Store would not be involved in the scam.)
Is there any way to put them i jail?
This letter has arrived multiple times - now the third time it is asking for $135
I will be happy to send a photo of this letter. This letter has a return address this time! But the Ste. is 208-339 which is fishy. Last time there was only a P.O. box - Why can't these people be stopped.
I received my letter yesterday and thought it looked suspicious did a check of the company and saw your article. Thank you for all your research! It was very helpful! My letter came from 4279 Roswell Rd, Ste 208-339, Atlanta, GA 30342 which happens to be the UPS Store so not a real office just a mailbox where they pick up the checks scammed. I hope somebody will instigate!!
Was about to cut a check for $100 in NY. Had a feeling something wasn't right and found your posting. Appreciate your due diligence and sharing with others!
Just got mine today from Workplace Compliance Services at 4279 Roswell Rd NE, Ste 208-339 (a UPS Store for license hang.) I wonder how many officer managers receive these with stacks of mail, mistake it for "official" and send the check blindly? There must be some legal action to take for deceptive practices, right?
I got the same letter here in Florida asking for $238.75 too, i was very close to mailing it but something told me to wait..then i did research it..thank you...
Well, this is the second letter I received today from Workplace Compliance Services at 4279 Roswell Rd NE, Ste 208-339.To pay $135 towards Georgia State business annual registration, which can be done online very easily on ecorp.sas.ga.gov site.
I got suspicious when I see the control number for my business is incorrect and is fake. Thank You so much for the detailed information along with the picture of the form, mine looks exactly the same word to word expect for the names and dates.
I just got this in GA. Thank you so much! They were asking for $135. I was suspicious because I've never had to pay this agency before. So glad I Googled!
Thank you! Just got a letter today (in Georgia) from this "company".
I received the letter from Workplace Compliance Services yesterday and knew it was a scam. My annual registration in Georgia is $50. and is easily renewed online. This outfit is charging $135. It's a scam.
I got a notice from WCS. I used to live in MI and the Fata name was usually associated with restaurants and food and drink distribution. Wonder if there is a connection.