Recently I got email from total stranger asking us, our company, to send him electronic copy of Articles of Incorporation. I don't know what to do. He could have legitimate purpose that I cannot think of. Afraid to decline or ignore him because we could loss a potential client and since we already struggle in business, we have to do the best for every single person who contacts us. Why would someone need our Articles of Incorporation electronic document? What could be the legitimate reason(s)?
Articles of Incorporation are used to help verify that your business is actually a business, and that it has the name you claim it has. There are quite a few entities that may wish to verify your business. For example, many banks that you wish to open a business account or loan with will likely request articles as a prerequisite. I've even had potential customers request my articles because they have rules that they can only hire corporations for consulting work (instead of individuals that would need to be paid on a 1099 basis). However, I have never had a person or company ask for my articles of incorporation out of the blue. Furthermore, I wouldn't hand them over to anyone if I didn't know exactly why they were requesting it. I can't even think of a contrived reason why someone would legitimately need them without being able to explain why, and without you initiating contact first.