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Many business owners have found themselves on the receiving end of a seemingly official document: Form 4022. This form demands completion of Mandatory Beneficial Ownership Reporting and requires a payment of $117 to be sent to the purported “US Business Regulations Dept.” Alarmingly, some of these forms even mimic IRS documents, adding an extra layer of apparent legitimacy.
However, before you reach for your checkbook or start filling out personal details, it’s crucial to understand one thing: this is a scam.

Yes, business owners are indeed obligated to file a Beneficial Ownership Interest (BOI) report, but the process isn’t through mailing forms and checks to a mysterious department. Rather, it’s an electronic submission done through the official FINCEN.gov website. And here’s the kicker—the “US Business Regulations Department” is not real. It is a fabrication crafted by scammers to deceive and exploit unsuspecting individuals.

These scammers are not only preying on the unaware but are also employing sophisticated tactics, such as replicating legitimate government forms, to appear authentic. But don’t be fooled. Falling for this ruse won’t make you compliant with any regulatory requirements. In fact, it could leave you out of pocket and vulnerable to identity theft or further scams.

So, what should you do if you receive Form 4022 in your mailbox or inbox? Simple—discard it. Whether you choose to shred it, burn it, or recycle it, the key is not to engage with it. Do not send any payment or personal information to these scammers.

If you’re feeling uncertain about your obligations regarding BOI reporting or want assistance in navigating the legitimate process, we’re here to help. Our team can provide guidance and support to ensure you fulfill your reporting requirements correctly and without falling victim to scams.

If you want to learn more about filing your BOI report the right way, schedule a BOI explanation call with our team by clicking here.

But if you’re feeling uncertain about your obligations regarding BOI reporting or want assistance in navigating the legitimate process, we’re here to help. Our team can provide guidance and support to ensure you fulfill your reporting requirements correctly and without falling victim to scams.

If you want to learn more about filing your BOI report the right way, schedule a BOI explanation call with our team.

Stay vigilant, stay informed, and together, let’s beat the scammers at their own game.

Jessica C. Portalatin

Experienced Attorney in the areas of Corporate Law, Trademark Law, Franchise Law, Contract Law and Civil Litigation.

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