The California Secretary of State has sent out a consumer alert, warning of a scam targeting those who have registered business entities in the state.
The warning states, in part, that:
Letters are being sent to businesses registered with the Secretary of State directing them to submit $49.50, respond by a certain date, complete a form, and send the money and documentation to a private entity named “California State Corporations.” According to the letter, California State Corporations will provide a “certificate of status.” However, these Certificates of Status are fraudulent because only the Secretary of State can issue a Certificate of Status.
The SoS urges those who have received these letters to submit a written complaint here.
The full press release is located here.
If you’ve received any documents that may be a scam, you should have an attorney look them over. The attorney may be able to cross-check the document and payment request with California state requirements to ensure that the document is authentic.