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2/1/2013
Business warning

Businesses, be aware.

The state Attorney General's office has been receiving reports that an entity with a Ketchikan address has mailed solicitations to businesses. The solicitation is entitled "Annual Minutes Records Form."

The entity sending it is called Corporate Records Service, which has no telephone number listed in Ketchikan.

The form states that Alaska businesses are required to complete it and return it by Feb. 13 with a payment of $125, according to the Consumer Protection Unit of the AG's office.

State officials say it states on the form that Corporate Records Service isn't a government agency and doesn't provide services on behalf of the government. But it might be misinterpreted as a government document.

Alaska businesses aren't requirement to fill out the form nor do business with Corporate Records Service. Nor are the forms required by the state.

State forms and requests will indicate clearly their origin, displaying the state seal and the name of Gov. Sean Parnell. All forms required by the state Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing can be found online at commerce.alaska.gov/occ.

The Consumer Protection Unit can be contacted online at law.state.ak.us/consumer/ or at 907-269-5200.

If in doubt about the origin of any form requiring business information and payment, it's simple to check with the state.