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Business ID Theft

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Over the past decade, many unfortunate Americans have been the victims of identity theft. This crime has robbed people of their time and money. And while most of the victims are individuals, a rising number of businesses are being affected by identity theft.

Business identity theft, or corporate or commercial identity theft, happens when a business’s identity is used to transact business and establish lines of credit with banks and/or vendors. Similar to individual victims, businesses and those people associated with an enterprise can face potentially ruinous consequences.

To help Ohio businesses protect their identities, the Secretary of State’s office has launched the Business Filing Notification System, a free service allowing businesses to track any filing changes or updates. Once subscribed to the filing notification system, a business will receive an e-mail the day after any document is filed with the Secretary of State. Businesses can sign up for the filing notification system here.

Other steps businesses can take to protect their identity include:

  • Periodically check the state business filings, file on time and keep records up to date.
  • Monitor credit reports and business accounts.
  • Safeguard the company’s sensitive information, including account numbers and passwords, and encourage employees to do the same.
  • Ensure that computer systems, networks and websites are secure.


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