Nebraska businesses have become the target of a scam.
The Secretary of State’s office reports a questionable mailer has been circulating in Nebraska, targeting businesses and corporations.
Calls have flooded into the Secretary of State’s office.
“This is not necessarily new, complaints about this direct-mailer have been reported in other states since last year,” Secretary of State John Gale said in a written statement released by his office. “However this is the first time we’re hearing about it here in Nebraska.”
The mailer is entitled, “2013 Annual Minutes Form” and comes from Corporate Records Service. It asked businesses to file information and pay a $125 fee to maintain proper records.
The solicitation appears official. It makes a reference to the Nebraska Business Corporation Act.
The Secretary of State is alerting businesses that there is no need to fill out the form or pay the fee to maintain good standing in the state of Nebraska.
“These letters didn’t originate from our office or any other government agency,” Gale stated. “Furthermore, Corporate Records Service is not registered to do business in Nebraska.”
“Other secretaries of state have posted alerts on their websites regarding these mailings. Unfortunately, businesses are often the target of such scams. Obviously, there’s been a lot of confusion regarding this most recent mailing, as evidenced by the number of phone calls we’ve received in our office in just the past few days.”
Any official notices to Nebraska businesses will be sent from the Secretary of State office, which will include the letterhead and contact information for the Business Services Division within the office.
For more on fraud and scams targeting business, contact the Attorney General’s office at (800) 727-6432.