Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant’s Office is notifying more than 60,000 business owners across the state of the safeguards now in place to protect them from business identity theft.
Whenever a change is made to an online business record, an alert will be sent to the email address on record for that business. In that alert email, business owners will be directed to access the Secretary of State’s online database to check the information to ensure its accuracy.
The email alert will also include information on how business owners can protect themselves from business identity theft, such as frequently changing passwords and regularly monitoring the information filed with the Secretary of State’s Office.
“For many small business owners, their business is their life,” Secretary Tennant said. “It represents years of hard work and dedication, and protecting their online information is something we take very seriously. This alert system will tell a business owner immediately when their online record was changed, and if the owner didn’t make that change they will be able to take immediate action to protect their business.”
This alert system comes during a very busy time for business owners, who are filing annual reports with the Secretary of State’s Office by the thousands. Filing by mail is still an option for business owners, but more are taking advantage of the convenience of filing their annual report online. Since January 1 more than 11,000 annual reports have been filed using the online business portal www.business4wv.com.
Business owners can also sign up for text message alerts on the Secretary of State’s website. Those text alerts will contain information of interest to small business owners, such as reminders of filing deadlines or workshops hosted by the Secretary of State’s Office.