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Don't Be Scammed By 'Annual Corp. Records Form' Mailing

Wednesday August 14th, 2013

Townships across the state have been receiving a mailing that asks them to complete a "corporate records form" and submit $125 in payment to make sure their records are up to date. According to the Pa. Department of State, this mailing is a scam and townships should not respond to the request. See more information below from the Department of State.


Important Consumer Alert

Corporate Compliance Company and Corporate Records Service Scam

The Pennsylvania Department of State has been made aware of solicitations that are being mailed to Pennsylvania businesses from two companies:  Pennsylvania Corporate Compliance Company and Corporate Records Service. These solicitations are titled "Annual Meeting Disclosure Statement,"  "2013 - Annual Minutes Form," and "2013 Annual Corporate Records Form." These mailings urge the recipient to file information and send payment in the amount of $125 by a certain date to maintain proper records.

These solicitations include a citation to the Pennsylvania Business Corporation Law regarding corporate records. At first glance, these solicitations may look official; however, none of the information being requested is required to be filed with the Department of State or the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

These formal-looking letters did not originate from any government office, nor are the Pennsylvania Corporate Compliance Company and Corporate Records Service affiliated or associated with Pennsylvania state government in any way. Similar scams have been reported in other states. These documents should be disregarded by any organization that receives them.

Additionally, please keep in mind that any official notices sent to businesses by the Pennsylvania Department of State or the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office will contain the letterhead and/or contact information for the Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations. Please contact the Bureau at (717) 787-1057 or ra-corps@pa.gov should you have any questions or concerns about these solicitations.