Caution: Misleading Mailers

February 21, 2012 Posted by The Law Firm for Non-Profits, P.C. in News

Are you ever confused by mailings sent to your organization? Have you been left wondering whether or not they are official or require a response? If so, there is a reason for the confusion. Many companies use misleading mailers to create the appearance of official government forms blazoned with language requiring immediate attention. Be aware of these scams and avoid them.

One oft received such mailing is titled “Annual Minutes Compliance Notice,”  warning that the organization’s annual minutes are due. The notice looks official, demanding that the completed form be returned quickly along with a check for $150.

Of course, this is not a government form or a required action. Instead, it is a misleading mailer preying on nonprofit organizations. In fact, the Secretary of State’s Office regularly posts warnings against these schemes. Regulators attempt to stop them, but they persist.

Don’t be fooled by these mailers. Always look for the small print at the bottom of a mailer where the company should admit that the service is not approved or endorsed by any government agency and that it is not a bill. If you’re not sure, check with a trusted advisor or call us before you send a check. And if you want to be proactive, your organization can file a consumer complaint against any company that sends you a misleading mailer.

NOTE: The information contained herein is not intended to be legal advice and the reader should know that no Attorney-Client relationship or privilege is formed by the posting or reading of this article which is also not intended to solicit business.

Casey Summar, Partner, The Law Firm for Non-Profits,1812 W Burbank Blvd, #7445, Burbank, CA 91506


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