The Secretary of State of California has sent out a consumer alert to warn California businesses about a scam operation.
If you receive a letter requesting that you submit $49.50 along with a form, etc. to “California State Corporations”, to receive a Certificate of Status for your business entity, do not respond. This is not an official government document. It is from a private enterprise attempting to extract unnecessary fees from unsuspecting business owners. Only the Secretary of State issues Certificates of Status.
If you receive such a letter (or anything similar), you are encouraged to submit a written complaint, at this link But first, you may want to verify the authenticity of things. Check with a lawyer who is familiar with the formation and operation of California business entities.