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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today.
Any time someone asks you to pay to sell them something, it's a scam. Most restrictions on transferring stock say a person can only sell when it reaches a certain price, and you can't pay to remove that. If there WERE issues that needed to be paid for before the stock could be released, the SELLER would pay that on their end as part of the purchase price. There is never any reason to pay someone to give you money. It's always a scam.
That Sacramento address is a virtual office building, meaning that people pay a monthly fee in order to have a mailing address that isn't a PO Box. Those are VERY popular with scam artists. There is no company in California called "CenterPoint Financial Regulatory Board." The state entity that oversees financial transactions is the California Division of Financial Institutions or the Department of Business.
The NY address is ALSO a virtual office building. And there is no company called Foster and White registered to do business in the state.
Based on everything you've said, I'm afraid this is a scam. If you send them money, you'll lose it. They're not going to pay you anything.
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