RELEASE: State Warns of Deceptive “Certificate of Standing” SolicitationsPosted on Oct 20, 2023 in Main, News Releases
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS
KA ʻOIHANA PILI KĀLEPA
JOSH GREEN, M.D.
GOVERNOR | KE KIAʻĀINA
NADINE Y. ANDO
DIRECTOR | KA LUNA HOʻOKELE
TY Y. NOHARA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 20, 2023
State Warns of Deceptive “Certificate of Standing” Solicitations
HONOLULU — The state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) Business Registration Division (BREG) warns of deceptive solicitations being sent out to registered Hawaiʻi businesses with instructions on how to receive their “official Certificate of Status” from “GA BUSINESS COMPLIANCE.”
The solicitation, “CERTIFICATE OF STATUS INSTRUCTION FORM” and similar solicitations are designed to look and sound official, with references to pre-printed business information, document number, due date, and more. In reality, a “Certificate of Standing” is not an official document issued to businesses by the State of Hawaiʻi.
“It is extremely frustrating that our local business owners are being targeted with these solicitations that contain misleading information,” said Securities Commissioner Ty Nohara. “We want to remind everyone that BREG does not solicit for any of its documents, nor does it utilize or endorse the services of any third-party entity to do so.”
In addition to the solicitor being an unregistered entity, red flags contained in the solicitation include, but are not limited to:
- The direction of users to a “.org” website that is not functional.
- References to the “Hawaii Secretary of State”
- Hawaiʻi businesses are registered with BREG, an entity led by the Commissioner of Securities.
- A “Hawaii Certificate of Status”
- This document does not exist with BREG.
- BREG issues “Certificates of Good Standing” to certify that a business is properly registered with the state and has complied with statutory filing requirements.
- Request for payment that is exponentially higher than statutory amounts.
- The fee for a Certificate of Good Standing issued by BREG is $5.00.
Businesses are encouraged to monitor their business information on BREG’s online portal at https://hbe.ehawaii.gov/documents/search.html and contact BREG directly at (808) 586-2727 [email protected] with any questions.
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Attachment: Scanned solicitation form (redacted) sent out in 2023.
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Email: [email protected]
Office: (808) 586-7582