Secretary Of State Issues Business Identity Theft Warning

Allen Matkins

Two weeks ago, the National Association of Secretaries of State held a business identity theft forum in Atlanta, Georgia. California Secretary of State Debra Bowen moderated a panel on “Fostering Intergovernmental Coordination in the Detection and Prevention of Business Identity Theft”. Her office also issued this warning about business identity theft. Among other schemes, she notes that some thieves make fraudulent filings with the Secretary of State in order to change management information. ”New” management can then establish credit in the corporation’s name. Many corporations may not realize how easy it is to hijack their corporate identities.

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