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Indiana secretary of state warns of deceptive letter sent to businesses

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 10:48 am

INDIANAPOLIS – Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced Tuesday that some Indiana businesses have received a deceptive letter that may appear to come from her office's Business Services Division. The letter should be ignored because it is an attempt to defraud business owners, according to a news release from Lawson's office.

The letter solicits a $125 annual fee and claims it will be used for record-keeping and processing of a company's annual minutes. It uses state law out of context and includes a "return by" date, according to the release. The return address on some of the recent letters mailed to Indiana businesses goes to a box at a UPS Store in Speedway.

Lawson is concerned businesses might believe responding to it takes the place of business entity reporting that is legitimately required by state law. Businesses operating in Indiana can perform this reporting through the Secretary of State's website at www.in.gov/sos/business.

Businesses wishing to check the validity of any mailing from Indiana's Business Services Division or any division of the Office of the Indiana Secretary of State should contact the Business Services Division Help Line at 1-317-232-6576.