Customer Alerts

The following is a list of confirmed scams against Californians and businesses in the State of California, and what you can do if you have been a victim of a scam:

  • Posted May 27, 2014
    Misleading Certificate of Status Solicitations: A private company has been mailing documents to businesses through mass mailings to entities registered with the Secretary of State demanding they respond by a certain date to obtain a "certificate of status." A Certificate of Status is only issued by the Secretary of State and cannot be issued by any private company.
  • Posted January 1, 2012
    Stronger Laws to Prevent Fraudulent Solicitations: Effective January 1, 2012, there are new laws to prevent people from sending misleading solicitations to Californians.
  • Posted December 8, 2011
    Phishing Scam Claiming to Offer Money for Victims: Official–looking emails offering fraud compensation awards are being sent to Californians. These emails are not from the Secretary of State and may be part of an identity theft scam. Listed are resources for reporting suspicious emails and the appropriate government agencies to contact if you have been a victim of an Internet email scam.
  • Posted October 14, 2011
    Secretary of State Business Identity Theft Resources: Tips on how you can prevent business identity theft and what you should do if you become a victim of business identify theft.
  • Posted November 23, 2009
    Misleading Termination Solicitations: A private company has been soliciting business through mass mailings to corporations and limited liability companies, implying the entities must go through a private, third party vendor – and pay an exorbitant fee – in order to file a termination document with the California Secretary of State.
  • Posted February 19, 2009
    Misleading Statement of Information Solicitations: Certain private companies have been soliciting business through mass mailings to corporations and limited liability companies, implying the entities must go through a private, third party vendor – and pay an exorbitant fee – in order to file a Statement of Information with the California Secretary of State.

Last updated: May 27, 2014