Michigan Businesses Target of Scam

DETROIT, MI – Not only do residents have to be on guard when it comes to LARA-LOGO-RGB-4WEBtelephone scams but so do businesses.

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Director Steve Arwood today warns Michigan corporations not to give out their business information to callers identifying themselves as representatives from the State of Michigan Corporations Division. They are not.

Michigan business owners are receiving telephone calls from an individual who indicates that they are a representative from the State of Michigan Corporations Division. The caller is requesting the business address and indicating that the information is required by the State of Michigan Corporations Division in order to complete an annual update. These calls are not legitimate; do not respond.

The number (882-014-0325) has been linked to similar scams in California, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

Legitimate notices and mailings to Michigan businesses from LARA’s Corporations Division are mailed to the resident agent at the registered office address on record. If you are not sure about an inquiry you’ve received, please contact the LARA Corporations, Securities and Commercial Licensing Bureau at (517) 241-6470.

Businesses with questions about their corporation, limited liability company, or limited partnership are encouraged to use the Business Entity Search at www.michigan.gov/entitysearch to check their status. If an annual report or statement needs to be filed, businesses may file online using www.michigan.gov/fileonline.