A heads-up for small business owners and others: Be on the lookout for a simple letter in the mail that asks you to renew your license.
That letter has wound up stealing millions of dollars from business owners.
"My first instinct was to pay for it. Then I remembered something I'd been told a while back, so I looked into it further," Suzanne Mullen said.
Mullen, a business owner, received a letter asking for her business license renewal fee. Then she remembered the warning she'd heard.
"There were a lot of scams regarding the renewals for the LLC's -- to
watch out for that, I wouldn't be getting anything in the mail."
The letter in fact was a scam that billed -- or bilked -- more than $10 million from thousands of victims.
Postal inspectors started tracking the case after thousands of complaints.
"These small business owners got a document in the mail that looked very
much like a bill asking them to remit payment immediately for $175 and
if they didn't pay there would be penalty," US Postal Inspector Wynter Kugel said.
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