Scam Targeting Corporations and Non-Profits
Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap issued the following press release this afternoon warning corporations and non-profits not to fall victim to a scam originated by Corporate Records Service.
The Secretary of State's office has received calls regarding the legitimacy of solicitations that are being mailed to numerous Maine corporations from a company named Corporate Records Service. These solicitations urge corporations to file information and send a payment in the amount of $125.00 by July 13, 2013, in order to complete an "Annual Minutes Requirement Statement." This is a scam and is not being sent on behalf of the Department of the Secretary of State.
Corporate Records Service sent out a similar request in January of this year, hoping to reel in funds from unsuspecting entities by using statute citations regarding corporate records and annual meetings. Maine corporations are not required to file corporate minutes with the Secretary of State's office
"At first glance, this solicitation may look official; however, it is important to remember that any official notice a business receives from the Secretary of State's office will contain the Maine state seal, the Secretary of State's name, and contact information for the Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions (CEC)," said Secretary Dunlap.
Please contact the Division of Corporations at (207) 624-7752 should you have any questions or concerns regarding these solicitations.