The Illinois Secretary of State’s office is warning businesses to beware of a scam targeting Illinois corporations. A firm called Corporate Records Service is contacting Illinois businesses in an attempt to collect a $125 fee to fill out a corporation’s “Annual Minutes Records Form.” The state does not require corporations to file a “Minutes Records Form” or pay such a fee with the state or any private entity.
Although the bogus notice states that the fee must be paid by September 21, 2012, there is no fee due to the state for that purpose. Illinois corporations should be on the alert for this and other similar attempts to defraud them. The Secretary of State police and Illinois Attorney General’s Office are investigating. If a business has questions or wants to report that they have been a victim of the scam, please contact the Secretary of State’s Office at 312-814-2201