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Secretary of State warns Kentucky businesses of potential scam

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Posted at 12:43 PM, Nov 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 12:43:43-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has warned Kentuckians of scams regarding a "Certificate of Status" for businesses, which could be mistaken for an official form from the Office of the Secretary of State.

"Businesses are frequent targets of mailings that give the appearance of being a government form," said Grimes. "We encourage businesses to be vigilant and to contact us if they receive any document or form and are suspicious about whether it is from our office or another state government agency."

Kentucky businesses, especially newer ones, have reported receiving a scam from "Kentucky Certification Service," which seeks to sell the business a "Certificate of Status."

This scam is not sent or authorized by the Secretary of State or her office.

Businesses should not respond to these scams and report them to the attorney general's office.

Businesses can obtain a Certificate of Existence, if needed, by clicking here. This requires a $10 fee.

"Never hesitate to contact our office and ask questions if you are not sure about filing requirements," Grimes said.