CHICAGO-- The Illinois secretary of state’s office has become aware of an attempt to swindle business owners out of $125.
Secretary of State Jesse White says business owners were turning up at the secretary of state’s business services office, ready to file their “annual minutes records form.” They had received a green official-looking envelope stating that this is a required document, and a company, Corporate Records Service, would take care of it for them for a fee of $125.
“They are sending out to the businesses here in Illinois a form indicating that the minutes from their (annual corporate) meeting would have to be recorded in their office, and they’re charging the individual organization or corporation $125, and it’s nothing but a scam,” White says.
Illinois law requires no such form to be filed.
This scam has occurred or is occurring in 10 other states. In Illinois, this is the second time around this year for the scam, which claims that the form must be filed by Nov. 9.
White says it’s a fraud, his office is investigating and the offenders will be prosecuted. He recommends that corporations that receive the solicitation ignore it. Those that have been victimized by it should contact his office at 217-782-6961 to help the investigation.