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State warns of ‘registered agents’ deception
by Tribune Staff
Aug 26, 2011 | 659 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARSON CITY — Secretary of State Ross Miller has 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,” Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller said in a press release. “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,” Miller continued in the release. “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 secretary of state or their current registered agent.”

Nevada businesses are encouraged to check their status by using the secretary of state’s free online 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 can use the 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 are online at http://nvsos.gov.

For more information, call 775-684-5708 or email sosmail@sos.nv.gov.

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