Mississippi small businesses are a target of new scams and schemes.

To help small business owners combat the threats, Mississippi’s Secretary of State Michael Watson is joining other states through the National Association of Secretaries of State in the #BizSchemeSOS education effort.

“The initiative encourages the public, business owners and future entrepreneurs to keep the Secretary of State’s Office as the primary, trusted contact for all business-related needs to avoid business schemes and other fraudulent practices or activities,” said Watson in a release earlier this week.

Small businesses are targeted mostly through misleading solicitation mailings.

“These mailings often appear to be official government documents, instructing businesses to submit payment to them for assistance in meeting state filing requirements,” said Watson. “Far too often, business scams, such as misleading letters, resurface and cheat Mississippians of their hard-earned money.”

Watson suggests business owners who receive such mailings check with the Secretary of State’s office before responding to the letter.

“Our office will always do our best to ensure no business owner falls victim to fraud, which is why I’m more than happy to join my fellow NASS members to tackle this important issue head-on by promoting #BizSchemeSOS,” he added.

The state agency provides information on business deadlines and filings and current business scam alerts at the website www.sos.ms.gov.

For questions on any of the online resources or to report suspicious business-related information, contact 601-359-1633.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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