Not long after registering our LLC, we received a solicitation in the mail from an entity called National Companies Register Corporation (NCRC) asking us to make a payment of $587.00 within the next 14 days. In return, they promised to list our company information on their website at www.companies-register.us (you’ll have to copy/paste to check it out — I’m not giving them a live link). Who cares? Your state maintains the official record of your business, and when I visit NCRC’s site, I’m greeted by nothing more than a login screen with a giant ‘Click Here to Pay’ button.
Let me ask you this… Why would I be interested in having my business listed on their site if the information doesn’t even seem to be publicly accessible? In fact, at the bottom of the solicitation, it says that “You will have access to our online data service by password, which will be sent to you after payment has been received.” Why not at least make their database public so those that get suckered into paying might actually derive some tiny benefit from it? My best guess is that relatively few people have been taken in by their offer, and making a half-empty database publicly viewable wouldn’t be very enticing to potential
Interestingly, the National Companies Register Corp. is the subject of a “Consumer-Related Investigation” in the state of Florida. Here’s what they’re accused of:
Mail solicitation that can reasonably be interpreted by consumers as an invoice or statement for goods not yet ordered or services not yet performed that does not contain the required 30 point bold warning mandated by Fla. Statute 817.061.
So… You make the call. Is NCRC a scam? It sure looks like one to me.