California LLC Statement of Information scam

I *almost* was fooled by this one. Wetpixel received an urgent notice from the "Business Filings Division" today stating that we had to submit a Statement of Information in order to continue doing business in California (LLCs have to file one every 2 years). The fee? $239.00 I filled out the form and wrote a check, but something didn't seem right, and I went to Google for help. It turns out that this is a common scam that quite a few people fall for. Through official channels, the actual fee for filing is $20.

Here's the fraudulent form: (download)


fraudulent statement of information form

... and here's the actual form (Form llc-12, which you can download from the Secretary of State):


actual statement of information form

Bastard scammers.