Alerts Regarding Potentially Deceptive Solicitations

Our office has been notified that potentially deceptive or misleading solicitations are being sent to Colorado businesses.

The solicitation is a letter that asks you to send in a fee in order to comply with state laws. The letter may mention an annual or periodic report or corporate minutes.  It may also mention the Patriot Act or a national registration database.

These solicitations may:

  • Appear similar to a government form.
  • Contain an official-looking seal.
  • Refer to a statute or quote other Acts or laws.
  • Imply that failing to return the form and pay a fee may place your company in jeopardy, may "pierce the corporate veil", or might cause your company’s filings with the state to be noncompliant.
  • Contain a "Corp Number" or "Corporate Identification Number" that does not match a number given to you by a State or Federal Agency.

Letters of this type have been received by Colorado businesses. We urge any business that has received a letter that seems misleading or confusing to contact us immediately by emailing  You can also call 303-894-2200 and select option 2.

We may request a copy of the notice, which can be faxed to 303-869-4864.  Please keep the original notice, mailing envelope and return envelope for your records.


Alert Notices

July 26, 2019 - Secretary of State Jena Griswold Alerts Colorado Businesses of More Misleading Filing Solicitations

July 8, 2019 - Secretary of State Jena Griswold Alerts Colorado Businesses of Misleading Filing Solicitations

July 3, 2014 - Notice of possibly deceptive solicitation from "Compliance Services"

April 4, 2011 - Notice regarding "Periodic Report" solicitation, "Corporate Controllers Unit"

January 29, 2009 - Updated notice regarding "Annual Minutes" solicitations

December 3, 2008 - Updated notice regarding "Annual Minutes" solicitations

August 20, 2008 - Updated notice regarding "Annual Minutes" solicitations

August 12, 2008 - Notice regarding "Annual Minutes" solicitations

February 6, 2008 - Notice regarding “National Companies Register Corporation”


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Published August 12, 2008 at 10:15 AM
Last Revised April 4, 2011 at 9:30 AM