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Secretary of State urges businesses to ignore letter

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS -- A letter being mailed to Indiana businesses, that would appear to come from an official government source, should be ignored. Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita announced Tuesday the letter is deceptive and does not come from his Business Services Division.

Rokita and his staff are working with federal law enforcement to determine who is responsible for these letters and ensure they are stopped.

The letter solicits a $125 annual fee and claims it will be used for record keeping and processing of a company's annual minutes. It gives the appearance of coming from a legitimate government agency and cites fictitious state law. It also includes a "return by" date. The return address on some of the recent letters mailed to Indiana businesses goes to a box at a UPS Store close to the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis. Rokita is concerned businesses may be confused and believe responding to the letter takes the place of required business entity reporting that is legitimately required by state law. Businesses operating in Indiana can now securely perform this reporting online through the INBiz portal found on the Secretary of State's web page, www.in.gov/sos/business.



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