Missouri Secretary of State issues alert about fake letter

Monday, March 4, 2013 | 7:18 a.m. CST; updated 9:05 a.m. CST, Monday, March 4, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander said that some businesses are receiving a phony letter that appears to come from his office.

Kander's office said the letter comes from an entity called Corporate Records Service. He said it falsely suggests Missouri businesses have to complete a certain form and pay a $125 fee.

Kander said the letter looks official but is not from his office. Any official correspondence from the Secretary of State's Office will contain the Missouri state seal and contact information for its Corporations Division.

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Michael Williams March 4, 2013 | 10:13 a.m.

I have one of these sitting on my desk right now.

It consists of 2 pages: (1) A document that corporate officers should fill out that will identify all shareholders by name, all corporate directors by name, all corporate officers by name, and a contact person, and (2) instructions for completing the form.

You are supposed to submit the filled out form and send it in with a $125.00 check. In 3-4 weeks you get a copy of your corporate minutes that you never wrote in the first place. The document is to be submitted by March 27, 2013.

The address is Corporate Records Service, PO Box 771700, St. Louis, MO 63177-1700. No phone number is offered but an email address is provided:

I'd much rather that anyone interested in filling out this form simply send the money to me. At least I'll send you a "thank you" note, which is more than you'll get from them.

I hope these jerks get caught and prosecuted.......

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