As happens every year, nonprofits are being targeted by businesses that send misleading corporate compliance notices. The first batch for 2014 has just been mailed with the headline “Annual Minutes Compliance Notice.” Don’t fall for these rip-offs.
As the California Secretary of State advises, these “letters are being sent to California businesses encouraging them to comply with their California Corporations Code” requirements by “submitting fees and documents to a third-party.” The notices look official but absolutely are not.
The California Secretary of State encourages nonprofits that receive a scam solicitation letter to mail a written complaint to the Attorney General along with the entire solicitation (including the solicitation letter, the outer and return envelopes, and all related documents). Mail it to California Attorney General, Public Inquiry Unit, P.O. Box 944255, Sacramento, California 94244–2550. If you prefer, an online complaint form is available at www.oag.ca.gov/consumers.
If you’re unsure whether a notice is misleading, you can ask us to take a look.