Secretary of State warns business owners of deceptive letter

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s secretary of state is warning Hoosier businesses to be wary of a payment scam that’s tied to a deceptive letter.

Connie Lawson says businesses have recently received a letter claiming to come from a group called the Indiana Council for Corporations that some might confuse with a legitimate state form.

The letter requests a $125 payment for keeping and processing the group’s annual minutes, with a return address typically referencing a UPS store in Speedway.

Lawson says Indiana business owners have received similar letters in recent years. They’re more frequent during tax season when people are busy and may not have time to thoroughly read each document they receive.

Business owners shouldn’t confuse the scam with the need for filing a business entity report that’s required under state law. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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