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Maine launches tool to identify and combat corporate fraud

The Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions (CEC) has become just the second state agency in the nation to introduce an online corporate fraud monitoring service.  The service will help Maine’s businesses protect themselves against fraudulent filings.

Maine business owners and registered agents can now be notified automatically of any filing completed against their businesses. Users who sign up for the service will create an online profile to keep track of the business entities they want monitored.

The profile will allow users to review, add or delete entities from their monitoring account, to review add, delete or edit email addresses on file for notifications, and to view a list of filings or changes completed against the business units over the past year.

If a new filing is submitted for a business that is being monitored through the online service, the registered customer will receive an email notification immediately.

“There are nearly 80,000 registered entities in the State of Maine,” said Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap. “While small business owners and corporations may be vigilant in protecting their entities and investments, it can be difficult to always stay alert and informed of outside risks. This will eliminate some of that risk,” he said in the announcement of the new service.

A $35 annual charge will be assessed for each entity listed in the profile. Customers can pay using a Visa, Mastercard or Discover debit/credit card or their InforME Subscriber Account.

The online service was developed at no cost to Maine taxpayers and was created by the Maine Secretary of State, Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions, in partnership with the state’s e-government portal provider, InforME.

The Corporate Fraud Monitoring service adds to the suite of corporate services available through the CEC and Maine.gov.

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