The Better Business Bureau serving Western Michigan, and the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) are warning Michigan corporations about "Corporate Records Service". This Lansing based business attempts to collect $125 to prepare corporate meeting minutes. A misleading solicitation gives the impression that Michigan requires corporations and limited liability companies to complete an Annual Minutes Form. It is designed to look like an official document, but it is not.
Businesses all over the United States are receiving this solicitation, according to BBB President Phil Catlett, and many states including Michigan are issuing warnings to not fall for the misleading marketing from Corporate Records Service and its affiliated companies.
Michigan businesses are receiving an official-looking form called the 2013 Annual Minutes Form. The form gives the impression that the recipient is obligated to complete and return it with a fee payment for the preparation of corporate meeting minutes. The accompanying instructions for completing the form list a return address at 5859 West Saginaw Highway, #343, Lansing, MI, 48917-2460.
According to LARA, Michigan corporations are legally required to file annual reports or annual statements (not annual minutes) and may do so online directly to the State of Michigan. Any Michigan corporation that receives a notice to have annual meeting minutes prepared and pay a fee to avoid dissolution of their corporation are advised to do the following:
- Keep the notice, mailing envelope, and return envelope.
- Contact the United States Postal Inspections Service to report mail fraud at: (877) 876-2455 or
- Or contact the Michigan Office of the Attorney General at P.O. Box 30212, Lansing, MI 48909.
- Report the issue to the BBB, by going to www.bbb.org
For further information, you can read the report on Corporate Records Service at the BBB Website: