National Business Registration Scam
Olympia... Secretary of State Sam Reed alerts all businesses to watch out for a possible scam from a company called National Business Registration.
The company sends businesses a "final notice" that tells the owner, "Since the introduction of the Patriot Act of 2001 all businesses are required to register with the National Corporation Registry."
This is false information. There is no national corporate registry.
The notice also instructs business to pay a $487 fee within 14 days from receipt or they will be, "administratively dissolved/revoked and an additional fee will be due if the entity is removed from our database due to non-payment."
Companies receiving this "final notice" from National Business Registration are advised to keep the notice, mailing envelope and return envelope, and contact the United States Postal Inspections Service at (877) 876-2455 to report this mail fraud. Companies can also report this deceptive practice at http://postalinspectors.uspis.gov. Go to the Investigations drop down menu and select Mail Fraud to file a complaint.
The Corporations Division of the Office of the Secretary of State registers business-related entities in Washington or Oregon, including domestic and foreign (out-of-state) corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships and companies.
The National Business Registration is not registered in Oregon or Washington. To find out if a corporation is registered in Washington visit www.secstate.wa.gov/corps/ or call (360) 753-7115 .