By Kimberly Dorris – Graves’ Disease & Thyroid Foundation
with Karen Jayne – Stardust Nonprofit Building Supplies
Phishing scams – in which criminals attempt to collect your personal data by sending fraudulent emails – are often easy to spot. Misspelled words, poor grammar, and requests for sensitive information (such as password or account number) are all good indicators that an e-mail really isn’t from your bank, your gym, or your credit card company.
But would you be able to spot a scam if you received an official looking notice via regular mail at your place of business? ONE member Stardust Non-Profit Building Supplies recently received an official looking document in the mail from “Compliance Filing Service”. The form stated that Arizona law required that the completed form – along with a $150 filing fee – be sent to an address on 24th Street in Phoenix. The form referenced Arizona Revised Statutes 10-701 (which addresses annual meetings) and included a pre-filled section with the organization’s business address, as well as blank boxes asking for a listing of Board members and Officers.
A staffer at the Arizona Corporation Commission confirmed that the form is a scam and recommended contacting the state Attorney General’s Office. The AG’s office stated that they are investigating the matter and recommended that any organization receiving this form file a complaint online at www.azag.gov or request a printed complaint form by calling 602-542-5763.