Jesse White Warns Businesses to Beware of Statewide Corporate Scam
A firm called â€œCorporate Records Serviceâ€ is contacting Illinois businesses in an attempt to collect a $125 fee to fill out a corporationâ€™s â€œAnnual Minutes Records Form.â€ The Illinois Business Corporation Act does not require corporations to file a â€œMinutes Records Formâ€ or pay such a fee with the state or any private entity. These solicitations come in a green envelope and the paperwork resembles the official form sent by the state.
The scam is also currently occurring in Ohio, Florida, Rhode Island, Texas, and Washington, and has also been reported in Connecticut, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, and Massachusetts.
The official press release is attached below. Jesse White is urging anyone who has become a victim of the scam to call the Secretary of Stateâ€™s Business Services Office immediately at 217-782-6961 or 312-793-3380. He also asks for businesses not to respond to the solicitation and those that have received it to contact the numbers above.