December 5, 2013
Contact: Peggy Schaffer

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap Issues Important Consumer Alert for Corporate and Non-profit Entities

Another Corporate Records Service Scam

AUGUSTA - The Secretary of State’s office has again 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 December 23, 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 and June 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 (image of notice below).