Assumed Business Name Renewal Service Scam

About the Assumed Business Name Renewal Service Offer

We have had numerous reports of a solicitation from a company called Assumed Business Name Renewal Service that ​are perceived by many Oregon businesses to be confusing, deceptive or a scam. This solicitation warns of pending assumed business name expiration, cites Oregon law, and offers to prepare and file all necessary documents to renew the business name with the Secretary of State Corporation Division for a fee of $100. See an example of this solicitation (PDF).

This solicitation uses carefully worded language to avoid violating any known state or federal laws. In​ a typical example, for $100 this company will forward the required $50 fee to the Secretary of State Corporation Division to complete the two-year renewal, and keep the balance for providing the service. If you paid this company to perform the renewal service for you and they failed to complete the renewal with the Secretary of State Corporation Division, then you should immediately contact the Oregon Department of Justice, Financial Fraud and Consumer Protection Section.

Steps to Take If You Receive a Confusing Solicitation

1. ​Don't reply to the solicitation or send any money.

Assumed Business Name registrations are renewed every two years for a fee of $50 payable to the Corporation Division. We don't believe anyone should ever have to pay extra or use a third-party service to complete this simple transaction. Save yourself the extra money renewing directly with the Secretary of State Corporation Division.

2. Verify when your business registration is due for renew​al.

Use our official Business Name Search to check status of your business online. If your assumed business name registration is due for renewal, you will see the due date and an option to Renew Online by credit card.

Example

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3. ​Renew directly with the Secretary of State Corporation Division.

We have made the process​ of renewing your business registration easy and convenient. Stop by in person or use one of the following methods:

Renew Onlin​​e Opt​ion

The option to Renew Online is safe and the fastest way to renew your assumed business name registration.

Renew by ​​Mail Option

45 days prior to the anniv​ersary date, the Corporation Division will mail an Application for Renewal (PDF) to the business' mailing address.​

We Are Here to Help

UPDATE: May 28, 2008 – Oregon’s Attorney General has notified us that the company Assumed Business Name Renewal Service has decided to stop doing business in Oregon. As this company has a pattern of popping-up every couple of years, we will continue to educate Oregon business owners to beware of this and other suspicious solicitations.​

Please contact us at 503-986-2200 or email us at Corporation.Division@state.or.us with questions.

Did You Pay ABNRS to Renew Your Business Name​?

Any business owners who believe they were mislead by the ABNRS solicitation can request a ​refund directly from the company by calling the number listed on the solicitation (503-581-3373).

If ABNRS refuses to issue a refund, business owners can​ file a complaint with the Oregon Attorney General’s office. Call them with questions at ​877-877-9392.​