Over the past few weeks, Nevada-based Corporate Controllers Unit, Inc. ("CCU") has been engaged in a mail solicitation scam regarding Colorado Secretary of State filing fees. CCU has sent thousands of letters to Colorado addresses, each of which claims a $225.00 "annual fee" is due for filing a company's periodic report with the state. The letter has generated confusion among business owners because it looks like an official government document. Its reliability is bolstered by citations to Colorado law, intimidating terms such as "noncompliant" and "delinquent," and a logo resembling a government seal. Despite these misleading apparent marks of credibility, CCU has no authority to solicit fees on behalf of any government agency.
Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler issued a warning Monday regarding CCU's deceptive mail solicitations. Secretary Gessler reminded business owners that although the state does require most entities to file periodic reports annually, the cost for most businesses is only $10.00. You can find additional information on this issue at the Colorado Secretary of State's website.