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Secretary of State Ross Miller Warns Businesses of Deceptive Solicitation; Launches Aggressive Enforcement Against Fraudulent Activity
Many Businesses Tricked into Paying Excessive Fees to “Registered Agents” to Create and Maintain Corporations and LLC’s in Nevada
Posted Date: 8/23/2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bob Walsh, Deputy Secretary/PIO
(702) 486-2450
rwalsh@sos.nv.gov

(Carson City, NV; August 23, 2011) -- Secretary of State Ross Miller today issued a warning to Nevada businesses about deceptive solicitations from companies that purport to be “registered agents,” but in fact are trying to mislead business owners. Miller says he will use whatever legal remedies are available to stop the deceptive activity. The solicitation at first glance appears to be an official notification, endorsed by the Secretary of State notifying businesses that the status of their corporation requires updating, including the payment of filing fees.

“We have received and continue to receive complaints from Nevada businesses about this and other solicitations,” said Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller. “Many come with pre-filled Secretary of State forms, which give the appearance that they may be associated with or approved by the Secretary of State. They are not. These solicitations often request that the business sign a pre-filled, attached form, send it to the solicitor and they will make sure the filing is processed, the business not knowing that they may have unwittingly changed their registered agent or other information and paid excess fees to do so.

“There are statutes in place to address this kind of activity. My office is empowered to bring action against someone acting as a registered agent if they have engaged in conduct that was intended to defraud or deceive. If in fact these individuals are engaging in deceptive trade practices, it could result in restraining orders and civil penalties against the offenders. In the meantime, we want to make sure Nevada businesses are aware that these are not official Secretary of State notices and that they should exercise caution when they receive such a notice. Read everything before signing and sending any forms and fees to someone other than the
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Secretary of State or their current registered agent.”

Nevada businesses are encouraged to check their status by using the Secretary of State’s Free Business Search at http://nvsos.gov , to ensure that they are in good standing and that the information on record is correct. Those businesses in default status may use our online services to file their annual list and regain active status. Those in revoked status must file for reinstatement with a paper filing in the office. The forms necessary may be found online at http://nvsos.gov.

If you have any questions you may contact our office directly at 775-684-5708 or by e-mail at sosmail@sos.nv.gov.

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(Attention Editors/Producers: A pdf document of the types of solicitations addressed in this release is availble in the press release section of nvsos.gov, or by clicking on this link.)