Secretary of State Kim Wyman is alerting businesses in Washington to be aware of a misleading and possibly fraudulent letter claiming to be an official bill for annual business registration fees.

“We’re working with the attorney general’s office — the agency that investigates and prosecutes consumer fraud — to see if further action should be taken to protect businesses in Washington,” Wyman said.

Photo courtesy of the Office of Secretary of State.

One mailing received by a business in Edmonds directed the business to send $121.86 to a post office box in Olympia. The letter, which did not include the Office of Secretary of State logo, stated, “your state annual report will not be filed until payment is received.”

Any business that receives a similar mailing from an unknown party should file an online complaint at www.atg.wa.gov/fileacomplaint.aspx or contact the attorney general’s consumer protection division directly.

For businesses or nonprofits that want to check the status of their filings, they can do so at sos.wa.gov/corps. For questions regarding registration, call (360) 725-0377 or email corps@sos.wa.gov.