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SCAM Alert! There is No NY Council For Corporations

Posted by Giselle Ayala | Feb 11, 2021 | 4 Comments

Companies are receiving in the mail apparently legitimate “Corporate Records Services This is a form of.” scam that has resurfaced. In this non-official communications, businesses receive an official-looking form called the “Annual Records Solicitation Form” from the apparently real “New York Council for Corporations.” Although this document looks like an official government form, the New York Council for Corporations is not a government agency nor is it an authorized entity

The companies responsible for mailing this form are soliciting businesses to maintain a record of corporate shareholders and directors on behalf of the company for $150. However, this is a fraudulent request. These companies are not filing or otherwise satisfying any New York corporate requirements. If a business answer to these companies, or otherwise send information or money, the company risks disclosing private information and being the target of more scams. Considering that many entrepreneurs and small businesses could mistakenly regard the communications sent by these private companies as legit, it is advised that recipients disregard this deceptive notice as it is not from the State of New York. New York corporations are not required by law to file corporate records.

Finally, it is worth explaining that legitimate notices and mailings to New York corporations are issued from the Department of State Division of Corporations only communicates by mail to the registered agent at the registered office address on record. If you receive an official-looking document, please review it carefully and read the small print. If you are not sure, please contact the  Department of State Division of Corporations at (518) 473-2492. You can also contact our office. We are here to help!

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Giselle Ayala

Giselle Ayala Mateus is a NY attorney with comprehensive experience in transactional law, creative agreements, business formation, and immigration law. She is also the founder of Focus Juridico a not-for-profit project focused on supporting Latin American entrepreneurs and artists.

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Maria Esperanza Reply

Posted Feb 22, 2021 at 08:37:22

Thank you for creating this post.

Giselle Ayala Reply

Posted Feb 22, 2021 at 10:01:40

Dear Maria Esperanza. The office is glad to know that this post was helpful.

Dubier Mosquera Reply

Posted Feb 27, 2021 at 06:26:16

My corporation is made in the state of New Yor and I have received a letter signed by “NEW YORK COUNCIL FOR CORPORATIONS” in which they require me to pay a fee of $ 150 to maintain my 2021 ANNUAL RECORDS. It is obviously a scam.
This office is located at:
911 Central Ave. # 260
Albany, NY 12206-1350

Giselle Ayala Reply

Posted Feb 27, 2021 at 08:38:34

Dear Dubier. Thank you for your comment. Yes unfortunately this has become a common practice by scamers.

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