January 23, 2013

State: scam targets Maine corporations, including nonprofits

By Betty Adams badams@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA —  Letters asking for corporate directors’ names, addresses and $125 from “Corporate Records Services” apparently did not come from state Bureau of Corporations.

It's a scam, a state official says.

The letters, many of them delivered to offices of attorneys who are clerks or registered agents for corporations, come with green envelopes, according to Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta.

Katz, an attorney at Lipman & Katz in Augusta, said today that his office received 60 envelopes seeking information that included corporate minutes. He said a call to the Secretary of State's office indicated other people were making inquiries about the letters as well.

“At first glance this solicitation may look official; however, some of the information being requested is not required to be filed with the Secretary of State,” stated a press release from Barbara Redmond at the Office of the Secretary of State, with the warning about the scam. The warning was issued late this morning.

The return address on the envelopes indicates it came from Corporate Records Service, 126 Western Ave., Augusta, the address of The Mailing Center. The information sought is to be returned to that address also, according to the letters.

The state Bureau of Corporations’ website indicates that businesses pay an $85 annual report filing fee; foreign business entities pay $150; nonprofit corporations are charged $35.The annual reports are due June 1.

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