FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Contact: Kevin Flannery, (573) 526-0949
Kander Issues Alert Regarding "Corporate Records Service" Solicitation
Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jason Kander today alerted Missouri business owners about deceptive letters from Corporate Records Service, a Michigan-based entity with a history of misleading business owners in Missouri and other states. The letters are mailed in green envelopes titled "Annual Records Solicitation Forms" and falsely suggest Missouri law requires businesses pay a $125 fee.
Missourians should know the letters from Corporate Records Service are not affiliated with any state agency, including the corporations division of the secretary of state’s office. Business owners are not required to file annual minutes with Kander’s office, and are not required to pay fees to companies like Corporate Records Service to comply with Missouri law.
"Letters like this are intentionally confusing and make it more difficult to conduct business," Kander said. "I will continue to stand up for business owners by shining a spotlight directly on these types of misleading solicitations."
In March, Kander issued a similar alert about Corporate Records Service when the company solicited fees under the guise of an "Annual Minutes Records Form." The secretary of state’s office also worked with the attorney general’s office to pursue legal action to prevent additional deceptive solicitations.
Individuals who have received the deceptive mailer are encouraged to report their experience to Kander’s office. Any official correspondence from the secretary of state’s office will contain the Missouri state seal and official contact information. To report a letter or learn more about annual filings with the secretary of state, please contact the corporations division of Kander’s office by calling 1-866-223-6535.
Visit www.sos.mo.gov to learn more about the Office of the Missouri Secretary of State.
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