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Secretary Merrill warns of misleading letter circulating through business community

Secretary of State John Merrill (VIA SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE)

Secretary of State John H. Merrill warns the business community of a misleading letter from the “AL Certificate Service” being circulated across the state.

After receiving numerous constituency concerns related to the authenticity of this group sending out “Certificate of Existence” request forms, Secretary Merrill cautions business owners to be wary of information sent by non-state agencies.

Secretary Merrill warned, “This group is not associated with the state. Business entities looking to obtain their official Certificate of Existence should contact our office directly at (334) 242-5324.”

The Office of the Secretary of State has been working to stop the spread of this misleading and potentially deceptive information and has reported this organization to the Office of the Attorney General.

The Office of the Secretary of State will continue to actively monitor the situation to ensure Alabamians are provided with accurate and up-to-date information.


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