LARA scam targeting Michigan businesses

Published On: Jul 08 2014 04:40:02 PM EDT

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) is warning Michigan corporations not to give out their business information to callers identifying themselves as representatives from the State of Michigan Corporations Division. 

Michigan business owners are receiving these calls from an individual who indicates they are a representative from the State of Michigan Corporations Division requesting the business address for information that is required in order to complete an annual update. 

LARA says these calls are not legitimate and to not respond to them.

The number (882-014-0325) that has appeared on caller ID has been linked to similar scams in California, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Texas.

Legitimate notices to Michigan businesses from LARA’s Corporations Division are mailed to the resident agent at the registered office address on record. If you are not sure about an inquiry you’ve received, please contact the LARA Corporations, Securities and Commercial Licensing Bureau at (517) 241-6470.

Businesses with questions about their corporation, limited liability company, or limited partnership are encouraged to use the Business Entity Search at to check their status. 

If an annual report or statement needs to be filed, businesses may file online using  

For more information about LARA, please visit


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