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9191 Broadway
Merrillville, IN, 46410
United States

219-769-1313

Burke Costanza & Carberry LLP your smart choice for lawyers in Northwest Indiana. Our full-service law firm has offices in Merrillville and Valparaiso Indiana as well as one in Chicago Illinois. At BCC, our lawyers pride themselves on being able to provide a wide range of legal services to our clients, who benefit from the depth and experience we provide from top to bottom.

The main practice groups at Burke Costanza & Carberry LLP are: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Commercial Services, Civil Litigation, and Business and Personal Services.

Our attorneys represent businesses and government entities in the following areas: Business Planning, Commercial Law, Construction, Labor & Employment, Governmental Entities, Healthcare, Labor, Pension Profit-sharing & Employee Benefits, Real Estate, Taxation, and Worker's Compensation.

Our lawyers also represent individuals in matters such as Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts, Immigration, Family Law, Probate Administration, Real Estate, and Taxation.

Burke Costanza & Carberry LLP is a well-rounded firm with strong roots in Northwest Indiana that is focused primarily on our lawyers providing clients with the highest quality legal service in a broad range of practice areas.

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Business Owners Beware of Fraudulant Compliance Requests

Dana Rifai

Business owners beware.  The Indiana Secretary of State Business Services Division has issued a scam alert arising from fraudulent compliance requests being sent from an unknown source to Hoosier businesses.  Many businesses have reported receiving a deceptive letter that appears to come from an official government source.  The mailing includes a letter and a form to record the company’s annual minutes with a fee of $125.  It gives the appearance of coming from a legitimate government agency and cites state law.

BCC attorneys have reviewed several of these fraudulent letters received by their clients and find that all letters so far come from “Corporate Records Services.”  They include a return response date to give the impression that prompt action is necessary. It may look something like this:

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Please be on notice that this letter is not an official letter from the Indiana Secretary of State Business Division or any other Indiana state agency.  Feel free to disregard this correspondence, or report it to the Indiana Secretary of State Business Services Division at (317) 232-6576. 

Some red flags to consider when receiving correspondence that may appear to be official:

  • Does the official seal or name of the government agency appear to be the same as that on the government agency’s online website?
  • Is the form received available on the government agency’s website and are the fees the same as those stated online?
  • Is the form’s return address the same as the address of the government agency?

If you may have any doubt regarding an official letter or document received, please do not hesitate to call one of our attorneys to review the legitimacy of the correspondence.