The letter solicits a $125 annual fee and claims it will be used for recordkeeping and processing of a company's annual minutes. It gives the appearance of coming from a legitimate government agency, Indiana's Business Services Division, 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.
Secretary Rokita is concerned businesses may be confused and believe responding to the letter takes the place of business-entity reporting that is legitimately required by state law.
Businesses wishing to check the validity of any mailing from Indiana's Business Services Division or any division of the Office of the Indiana Secretary of State should call the Business Services Division Help Line at 232-6576.