Secretary of State sends warning on fraudulent fee requests

The Washington Secretary of State’s office is warning business owners about mailings being sent out by an entity calling itself Compliance Services or Corporate Records Service.

The mailings request “annual minutes” and a fee of $125 be sent to them for filing.

The notices are not being sent from the Secretary of State’s Corporations and Charities Division. The secretary’s office said annual minutes are not required to be filed with the state—they are supposed to be kept by businesses themselves.

The fraudulent notices could be confused with legitimate notices sent by the secretary’s office or the state Department of Revenue’s Business Licensing Services reminding business owners to file their 2012 annual reports.

For more information, contact the secretary’s Corporations and Charities Division  at corps@sos.wa.gov or call 360-725-0377.

Compliance Services and Corporate Records Service should not be confused with the Washington corporation Compliance Services Inc.

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