Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Warns Businesses of Unofficial Solicitation
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes,
Kentucky’s chief business officer, is warning businesses about a misleading
“Notice of Potential Compliance Violation” from an entity identified as
“Business Compliance Division.” The mailing appears to be an official
government document, but it is not.
Several businesses have reported receiving the
postcard, which directs the recipient to call 1-855-530-2615 to avoid potential
fees and penalties. The card bears a symbol with a scale and two hands shaking.
When the business owner calls the number, he is told
to pay a one-time fee of $70 to apply for a Certificate of Existence.
A certificate of existence is proof that a domestic
corporation or domestic limited liability company is in existence and will be
provided by the Secretary
of State’s office for a fee of only $10. The official, correct certificate
may be requested from the Secretary of State’s office online or by mail or fax.
“Businesses should exercise caution before providing
information or payment to Business Compliance Division, or any other entity
that makes misleading claims or requests,” said Grimes. “I encourage anyone
with questions about their corporate records to contact my office directly.”
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