LaRose warns of email phishing scam targeting Ohio businesses

LIMA — Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose on Tuesday warned businesses of a phishing email scam in which recipients are asked to validate their profile with the Secretary of State’s office and provide personal information, including Social Security numbers. LaRose was notified of the emails, which were not sent by the Ohio Secretary of State’s office, on Monday afternoon.

“It’s so important for Ohioans to be good caretakers of their personal information,” LaRose said in a statement Tuesday. “Scammers are always working to find new ways to make a buck. Don’t’ give them the upper hand — verify the source of emails before sharing your personal data.”

The Secretary of State’s office says recipients of the phishing email should delete the email immediately and notify their company’s IT office if they clicked the link.

The Secretary of State’s office reminded Ohioans that it does not request personal information via email. The business services division can be reached at or 877-767-3453 (877-SOS-FILE).

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