CHARLESTON – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant cautioned West Virginians Thursday to be on the lookout for a fake company that seems to be preying on business owners throughout the country.
The West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office has received multiple complaints in the last few days about a company called Annual Business Services that is sending a fake notice via mail that resembles the Secretary of State’s Office’s annual report forms, according to a statement issued Thursday.
The company asks the recipient for $125 in exchange for assistance preparing and filing the business’s “annual minutes”, which seems comparable to an annual report. The mailing is aimed at business owners, who are required by law to file an annual report with the Secretary of State’s Office.
“It is deeply troubling that someone would try to take advantage of the hard-working people in our state like this,” Tennant said. “Business owners can be confident they will never receive annual report notices from anyone other than the Secretary of State’s Office. If any West Virginia business owner thinks you’ve been a victim of a scam or has questions about any solicitations you’ve received, please call my office for help at (304) 558-6000.”