When personal property is used as collateral for a loan, the creditor will file a Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) with the Texas Secretary of State’s office to provide notice that they have a security interest in the property. The UCC filing is on the public domain. Scammers are now targeting this information in an attempt to make a profit. After the UCC is filed, scammers will utilize the public information to create a form that appears to be from the Texas Secretary of State. It may include the debtor’s name and address, as well as the financial institution name and other information obtained from the UCC public domain. This fraudulent form is then mailed to the customer requesting an exorbitant Statement Service Fee with a short response deadline. The fee may be as much as $100.
If you receive a Texas UCC Statement Request Form, please DO NOT RESPOND. This DOES NOT come from the Texas Secretary of State, and you should not respond. PLEASE DISREGARD THESE REQUESTS.